DeKALB – Stanley Louis Bozdech, 92, of DeKalb, Ill., passed away peacefully Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at home after a short illness.|
Born May 24, 1921, in Villa Grove, the son of John and Pauline (Gilles) Bozdech, Stan married Ruth E. Parkins on June 18, 1955.
Stanley worked as a seedsman/engineer for DeKalb Agricultural Association, later working as a consultant for Monsanto Corporation, from 1947 until his death. During his career, he traveled extensively in the United States, South America, Mexico and many other countries, overseeing the building of seed plants and processing facilities. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Pontifical Josephinum College in Columbus, Ohio, and a Master of Business Administration from Northern Illinois University.
During his life, Stanley was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in DeKalb, Newman Catholic Center at NIU, Knights of Columbus, DAAHA, American Seed Trade Association and many other professional societies and associations. He also was an active volunteer in DeKalb and the other communities where he had lived.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth; children, Barbara Nickerson of Phoenix, Ariz., John (Kathy) Bozdech of Quincy, and Elizabeth (Gene) O'Keefe of Ninety Six, S.C.; grandchildren, Nicholas, Joseph and Margaret Bozdech, and Jeremy and Alex Nickerson; brother, Lee, of Peoria; and numerous nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, George and Edward, both of Villa Grove; and a son-in-law, Eric Nickerson.
The funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 321 Pine St., DeKalb, with Fr. Steve Lange celebrating. Burial will be on Saturday, Feb. 8, at St. Mary Cemetery, Pesotum, Ill.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Stanley L. Bozdech Memorial Fund, sent in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 S. Fourth Street, DeKalb, IL 60115.
For information, visit www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com or call 815-756-1022.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Feb. 1, 2014