John M. Tarrant Jr. of Buffalo Grove John M. Tarrant Jr. was born on Jan. 11, 1923, in Lamar, MO, to John M. Sr. and Cliff Iona (nee Edwards) Tarrant. He passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, in Barrington. John grew up in Carbondale and Champaign. He was an eager competitor and enjoyed playing basketball, tennis, and golf. As a young man he enlisted in the US Army and was stationed in England and Germany during World War II. Returning to the US after serving in the military, John graduated from the University of Illinois and ultimately ended up in the Chicago area, moving to Buffalo Grove in the late 1970s. Following college, he started his career with Spencer Kellogg and retired in 2011, at the age of 89. John enjoyed watching the stock market, telling stories, and "being in the game." He cherished his many children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and friends -- teaching them to always see the best in people and maintain optimism in tough situations. John had a great sense of humor and was a kind, loyal, and honorable man. John is survived by his children, Reed (Norm) Kuennen, Kari (David) Jost, Diane (Neil) Schermitzler, Richard (Dena) Geiger D.O., Robert (Catherine) Geiger, Maureen Geiger and Michelle (Steve) Tognarelli; his grandchildren, Amber, Cayson, Garrin, Collin, Keegan, Jessie, Lauren, Rachael, Lisa, Matt, Melanie, Caroline, Eric, Nicole and Kristi; his great-grandchildren, Lexy, Cameryn and Brayden; his sisters, Maxine (the late Robert) Bingham and Ramona (Roy) Bryant; his brother, Dick (Dorothy) Tarrant; his cherished friend, Catherine Maynard; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carole D. Tarrant (nee LaPlante). Memorial visitation is Saturday, Jan. 12, from 12 noon until the time of the memorial services at 1 p.m. at Glueckert Funeral Home, Ltd., 1520 N. Arlington Heights Road (four blocks south of Palatine Road), Arlington Heights. Funeral information and condolences can be given at or 847-253-0168.

Funeral Home

Glueckert Funeral Home Ltd.
1520 N. Arlington Heights Rd. Arlington Heights, IL 60004
(847) 253-0168

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Jan. 6, 2013