DeKALB – Joseph L. LaFleur, 85, of DeKalb, Ill., passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Ohio Veterans Home, Georgetown, Ohio. |
Born Sept. 2, 1928, in Rockford, the son of Joseph L. LaFleur Sr. and Josephine G. (O'Dowd) LaFleur, Joe attended Stillman Valley High School through grade 10. He married Mary E. Larson on Nov. 28, 1953, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Rochelle.
Joe was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served from 1948 to 1951 in Korea, where he was awarded the Purple Heart. He worked with his father and brothers at DeKalb Blacktop Co. from 1951 to 1957. He later was employed by the US Postal Service from 1956 to 1984, serving as a letter carrier for 25 of those years.
Later, he held numerous part-time jobs as a handyman, after volunteering at TransVac as a bus driver and being a maintenance man at First Lutheran Church.
Joe was an avid bowler, for 60-plus years he was a regular on Thursday nights at DeKalb Rec bowling alley, and was a lifetime ABA member. After the death of his wife, he was "a fixture" afternoons and evenings at The Junction Eating Place in DeKalb.
After his move to Ohio to be near a granddaughter, Joe and his great-granddaughter had quite the relationship for the past 2 and a half years, sharing their love of snacks and his life-long love of little ones.
He is survived by his daughter, Denise K. Kuhn of Texas; grandchildren, Bryan A. Bowers of DeKalb, Lisa (Tom) Grunkemeyer of Bellbrook, Ohio, and Laura Kuhn of Lawrence, Kansas; great-grandchildren, Emily James Grunkemeyer and Samantha Marie Grunkemeyer; siblings, Lea Samples of Sun City West, Ariz., Joy Cutsforth of Rockford, Phillip (Jean) LaFleur of Sun City Center, Fla., Mary LaFleur of Basye, Va., Albert (Doris) LaFleur of Lacey, Wash., Elizabeth "Betty" LaFleur and Patrick (Sharon) LaFleur, both of Stillman Valley, and Peggy (Jerry) Jackson of Byron; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, in 2002; parents; brother, Louie LaFleur; and son-in-law, Jim Kuhn.
The funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 321 Pine St., DeKalb, with the Rev. Steven Lange celebrating. Burial will follow at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, DeKalb, with full military honors by American Legion, AmVets and VFW. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Joseph L. LaFleur Memorial Fund for Fox Valley Older Adult Services day services-DeKalb ADS, 1406 Suydam Road, Sandwich, IL 60548; Voluntary Action Center, 1606 Bethany Road, Sycamore, IL 60178; or St. Mary's Church School-DeKalb, sent in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115.
For information, visit www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com or call 815-756-1022.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Mar. 25, 2014