DANVILLE, Ill. - Walter Jacob Tatar Sr, 100, of Rantoul, Ill. passed away on Monday, July 21, 2014 at the Freedom House VA Facility, Danville, IL.|
He was born January 1, 1914 in Wadowice, Poland, a son of Walter and Katherine (Kolek) Tatar. He married Dolores Trimble on August 14, 1945 in Danville. She preceded him in death on May 28, 1999.
He is survived by two sons: Walter (Judy) Tatar Jr of Rantoul; Tom Cooper of Mattoon, Ill., four daughters: Ann (Virgil) Langley of Perryville, Ind.; Janet (Ron) Doan of Abilene, Texas; Rose (Dennis) McGiles of Champaign, Ill.; Katherine (John) Carey of Colbert, Okla., two brothers: Frank Tatar and Julie Tatar both of Buffalo, N.Y., two sisters: Helen Estep and Jeanie (Jim) Raber both of Buffalo, NY.
Also surviving are 21 grandchildren, 44 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren and a multitude of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by six brothers, five sisters, three sons: George, Michael, Raymond and a great grandson, Billie Blackford.
Walter was a World War II disabled veteran, serving in the Army/Air Corp in Debeck, England. He and his wife owned and operated the Tatar Shoe Repair on Chanute Air Force Base and the D &W RV Park, Champaign, Ill.. He was a lifelong member of St. Malachy Catholic Church. He was also a member of Disabled Veterans, Knights of Columbus, VFW, American Legion, Circle R Square Dance Club. Most of all he was an inventor and a great tomato grower. He took a horticulture class at Parkland College when he was 94, and he received a U.S. patent at age 89 for a break-away basketball hoop.
A funeral service will held at 10:30 a.m on Thursday at St. Malachy Catholic Church, Rantoul. Fr. Michael Menner will officiate. Burial will follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 8:30 – 10, beginning with a Rosary, at Lux Memorial Chapel, 1551 East Grove, Rantoul.
Memorials may be made to the Henry J Smith Memorial /Tatar family tuition assistance fund.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to all the workers at the Freedom House for all their service and care.
Published in The Herald Democrat on July 23, 2014