SPRING GROVE – James R. "Jim" Slack, 69, of Spring Grove, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at his home surrounded by his loving family.|
He was the cherished husband of Gayle D. (nee Mueller) of 33 years, devoted father to Robert (Jane) Slack of Cary and Karen (James) Merkelz of Sleepy Hollow, loving grandfather of Natalie Slack, Rachel Slack, Amy Merkelz and Sara Merkelz; fond cousin of Arline (John) McNally, Pat Moran, Jim (Wanda) Moran, the late Kim (Julie) Steveley, Kip (Pat) Steveley, Linda (Edward) Steveley Schreiner, Jean (Michael) Steveley Krohn, John Robert (Julie) Steveley; uncle of many nieces and nephews; and former husband of Marijane Johnson.
He was born March 22, 1943, in Evanston to Nancy Elizabeth (Steveley) and James Lewis Slack. On March 16, 1979, he was united in marriage with Gayle D. Mueller at St. John's United Church of Christ in Arlington Heights.
He was preceded in death by his mother and a brother, Robert, in infancy.
Jim spent his boyhood in Chicago and in Johnsburg along the Fox River before moving to Skokie, where he graduated in 1961 from Niles East High School. While a student, his mother introduced him to the banking field, where he worked during school breaks. In 1965, he graduated with a degree in geography from Carroll College in Waukesha, Wis., where he was a member of Sigma Pi Epsilon. He pursued a master's degree in geography at Wayne State University before family responsibilities required him setting aside his interest in geography for a career in banking. After the birth of his son, he returned to banking, beginning first as a teller, and later in his career becoming an officer of the bank; however, for a year he worked for his uncle at Southeastern Toyota's Distributorship in Florida. He was a graduate of Illinois Bankers School in 1973 and Prochow Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983, and a member of A.I.B. Most of his working career was spent in banking in many different capacities ending with him being Vice President of Property Management, with one bank throughout different ownerships, First National Bank of Skokie, U.S. Ameribanks, National Bank of Detroit and 1st Chicago, from which he retired. He then worked for One Source in Lincolnshire, also in Property Management until his retirement in October 2001.
Jim loved nature, with all its beauty and offering.
An avid fisherman, Jim also loved snowmobiling, cars, water skiing and especially attending to his perennial garden.
A generous, giving and respectful man, Jim will be remembered first and foremost as a kind and sincere gentleman. Talented in working with people, he was a great negotiator and peacekeeper.
Jim requested no visitation. In honoring his request, the family will be hosting "A Celebration of Life" gathering, planned for spring or summer of 2013.
For those wishing to send an expression of condolence, the family suggests memorials to: Centegra Health System, www.centegra.com; Hospice of Northeastern Illinois, www.hospiceanswers.org; Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation, www.AAMDS.org; or a charity of your own choosing.
For information, call Justen Funeral Home & Crematory at 815-385-2400 or visit www.justenfh.com, where an online condolence message to his family may be sent.
Jim requested that one of his favorite quotes from Susan Polis Schutz be included: "When I am working, you are with me. When I am playing, you are with me. When I am alone, you are with me. Even though we may be apart, you are always with me."
Published in the Northwest Herald on Dec. 16, 2012