McHENRY – John P. Klapperich, 79, of McHenry, passed away Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at home.
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John Peter Klapperich was born Aug. 19, 1933, the youngest of eight children to William J. and Helena (Lay) Klapperich, lifelong residents of McHenry.
On Oct. 27, 1951, he married Eileen C. Greaney at St. Mary's Catholic Church in McHenry.
As a young boy, John worked on his grandfather's farm in Johnsburg. Along with his father and brothers, he was in the construction trades during his early years.
He was a self-proclaimed "jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none," which included running the McHenry Sinclair Station in the 1960s, building race cars, plowing local businesses and residences, remodeling/building homes and working in his basement to make sure his friends' old cars would work a little longer.
He went to night school to fulfill his dream of becoming a pilot and spent many hours in the sky. He even had a few minutes to manage a McCullom Lake Little League baseball team and attend his kids' sporting and school events. He was a proud member of Local 150 as a heavy equipment operator for 50 years.
Anyone who knew John knew he could whistle a tune better than anyone. Music was in his family and he loved to dance with all of his girls. He was a great lover of classical music. He cried at every musical he attended, listened to all of the top 10 stations and was current on the newest music, but US 99 was always on his car radio.
From 1954 to 2012, he lived in McCullom Lake with his lifelong love, Eileen. For 61 years, they lived together, becoming the center point for seven children, 20 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He had 24 nieces and nephews and – not to be forgotten – too many great-nieces, -nephews and cousins to count.
Earlier this year, John was overjoyed to find and meet several family members he'd never known who lived in Fon du Lac, Wis.
John's retirement days consisted of golf, yard work, golf, helping his family, golf, helping his neighbors, golf, walking Molly, golf, meeting new grandchildren and giving his full love and attention to every person in his family.
He will be greatly missed.
Survivors include his wife, Eileen C. Klapperich of McHenry; two daughters, Kathie (Terry) Bolger Lynd of McHenry and Patti (Jim) Osswald of Wonder Lake; three sons, Jim (Marcia) Klapperich of McCullom Lake, Michael (Linda Dalko) Klapperich of Fox Lake and Tim (Terri) Klapperich of Wonder Lake; grandchildren, Kelly, Murray, Brian, John, James, Nicole, Jonathan, Joshua, Kristin, Kitty, Patrick, Tiffani, TJ, Ryan, Peter, Jordan and Traci; stepgrandchildren, Sean, Chris and Amanda; great-grandchildren, Michael, Megan, Trinity, Wynter, Isabel, Trenton, Ryan, Brody, Maci, Abagail, Kinsley and Sydney; stepgreat-grandchildren, Justina, Nicolas and Haddie; triplet grandsons to arrive in March; and sisters-in-law, Kathleen Godina and Shirley Klapperich.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Diane Laney; son, Danny Klapperich; great-granddaughter, Grace Cisler; brothers, Bill, Larry, Delphin and Marty; and sisters, Anna Marie Scarborough, Rita Klapperich and Kathryn Mix.
The visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Colonial Funeral Home, 591 Ridgeview Drive, McHenry. Prayers will be said at the funeral home at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, leaving for the funeral Mass to be celebrated at noon at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 3500 Washington St., McHenry. Interment will be in St. Patrick Countryside Cemetery.
Memorials would be appreciated to Odyssey Hospice, 85 W. Algonquin Road, Suite 100, Arlington Heights, IL 60005.
For information, call Colonial Funeral Home at 815-385-0063 or visit www.colonialmchenry.com.
Published in the Northwest Herald on November 5, 2012