DeKALB – John H. "Jack" Farley Jr., 79, lifelong resident of DeKalb, Ill., died Thursday, March 20, 2014, at Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center in DeKalb.|
He was born July 24, 1934, in DeKalb, and was the son of John H. and Eunice (Ballou) Farley.
Jack graduated from DeKalb Township High School, Class of 1952. He also attended Kishwaukee College and Northern Illinois University. Jack married Helen Friel on July 18, 1959, at St. Mary Catholic Church in DeKalb. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict from July 1952 to March 1957.
Jack had many titles with Barber Greene Co., first starting out as a welder and then assembly and then to service manager and finally to vice president of service. Retiring in 1996, he became a consultant for Caterpillar and the National Asphalt Paving Association.
Jack was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in DeKalb, a third degree member of Knights of Columbus 717, fourth degree member of Knights of Columbus 0215 and a member of the DeKalb Elks Lodge No. 765. Jack enjoyed reading, genealogy, American history, working out at the YMCA and was a member of the board of directors for many years. He especially loved to dance and travel with his wife, Helen, having their most memorable trip to Ireland.
Survivors include wife, Helen of DeKalb; two sons, James (Emily) Farley of Downers Grove and Timothy (Tracy) Farley of Savannah, Ga.; and two grandchildren, Ava Farley and Esther Farley, both of Downers Grove.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents; brother, James Farley; and two sisters, Colleen New and Louella "Pudge" Alter.
A funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 24, at St. Mary Catholic Church in DeKalb with the Rev. James Parker celebrating. Burial will take place immediately following the Mass at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in DeKalb with full military honor guard by DeKalb's American Legion, VFW and AmVets. The visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 23, with a wake service at 5:45 p.m. at Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home, 310 Oak St., DeKalb.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church Stairway Project or Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center – Health Center.
Arrangements were entrusted to Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home. To send an online condolence, visit www.ronanmoorefinch.com; 815-758-3841.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Mar. 21, 2014