Austen Kenneth Pool Jr. Austen Kenneth Pool Jr. "Ken", 87, passed away peacefully on April 15th, 2013 at JourneyCare Hospice facility in Barrington, IL. Ken was born on January 28th, 1926 in Elgin, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, Austen Kenneth Pool Sr. and Alice Kramer Pool, and his son, Michael Lee Pool. Ken is survived by his loving wife of nearly 63 years, Shirley, his sisters Barbara (Vincent) Cannan and Patricia (Frank) VanBuren, a sister-in-law, Fern (Richard) Weddle, his sons Jeffrey (Karen) Pool of McAllen, TX, and David (Barbara) Pool of Elgin, IL, 8 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren whom he loved dearly. Ken attended primary schools in Elgin, and volunteered for the United States Army during his senior year at Elgin High School. He entered active service at Ft. Sheridan, IL. in June of 1944, and was deployed overseas during WWII. Private Pool served as a Combat Medic during Campaign Rhineland and Campaign Central Europe, and also aided in the liberation of the Concentration Camp in Dachau, Poland. He was awarded the Combat Medic Badge of Honor, a Good Conduct Medal, and two Bronze Stars for outstanding service. Disregarding his own personal safety, Private Pool returned to areas under heavy enemy fire, and brought several men to safety. He returned to the States in 1945 after being honorably discharged from service. On September 23rd, 1950, Ken was joined in marriage to Shirley Weddle at St. John's Lutheran Church in Elgin. The couple lived on Elgin's west side, where they raised their three sons. Ken was a hard-working salesman for many years, and retired from Geneva Bottling Works in 1988. He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Elgin, where he served in many capacities. Ken aided in the planning and opening of Good Shepherd Lutheran School in 1961, which was one of his proudest accomplishments. He was a family-man; one who would do anything to please, help, and protect those whom he loved. Ken will always be remembered for his strong sense of humor, which he maintained even in the last days of his life. He was truly a joy to all who knew him. Services will be held on Sunday, April 21st, 2013. There will be a visitation from 12:00-2:00 PM, followed by a funeral service at 2:00 PM at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1111 Van St. in Elgin. A reception luncheon will follow, at 195 Nesler Rd. in Elgin. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Good Shepherd Lutheran Pre-School in Elgin, or to Journey Care Hospice and Palliative Services of Barrington, IL. Laird Funeral Home, Elgin is in charge of arrangements.

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Laird Funeral Home
310 South State Street Elgin, IL 60123
(847) 741-8800

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald from Apr. 19 to Apr. 20, 2013