HARRISON, Tenn. – Joseph "Joe" Richard Usalis, 67, passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at his home in Harrison, Tenn. He was born December 6, 1945, in Chicago, to Joseph R. Usalis Sr. and Blanche Petak Usalis.|
Joe grew up in Chicago. He graduated from Grant High School in Ingleside. He attended the University of Illinois, Carthage College, Lake Forest College of Business and Northern Illinois University. He held master's degrees in business administration and accounting. He began work for International Harvester and remained with the company through its consolidations with Dresser and Komatsu. During his professional career he held several positions of leadership including Project Manager and Construction Division Controller. He recently retired after 45 years of dedicated service in 2012.
He was a member of St. Bedes Catholic Church in Ingleside and attended First Baptist Church in Cleveland, Tenn. Joe was an avid fan of the da Bears, da Bulls, da Sox and da Hawks. He enjoyed fast cars, fast boats, fast snowmobiles, fishing, his 2013 Grand Sport Corvette, traveling, Westerns and spending time with his family and friends. He was a board member of River City Corvette Club and a member of Sno-Grovers Snowmobile Club. He will be missed by his special companions, Dusty and River, his beloved cats of sixteen years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Blanche Usalis.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 44 years, Evelyn Wright Usalis of Harrison, Tenn.; his loving children, Jason Usalis, and fiancee, Valerie Vazquez, of Spring Grove, Jenny (Mike) Randall of Chicago and Brenda (Josh) Horn of Litchfield; three grandchildren, Noah Horn, Chloe Horn and Sam Horn; and countless friends and neighbors.
The visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday March 26, and resume at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, until the funeral service at 11 a.m. at the K. K. Hamsher Funeral Home, 12 N. Pistakee Lake Road, Fox Lake. Interment will be at Ascension Cemetery, Libertyville.
For information, call 847-587-2100 or visit www.kkhamsherfuneralhome.com
Published in the Northwest Herald from Mar. 24 to Mar. 25, 2013