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Ernest J. Geren Born: Oct. 5, 1956; in Chicago Died: April 28, 2014; in McHenry Ernest J. "Ernie" Geren, age 57, of McHenry, died Monday, April 28, 2014, surrounded by his loving family, at his home after a two year battle with cancer. Fighting all the way he hadn't given up, but instead had an acceptance of his failing body. He was born October 5, 1956, in Chicago, to Harold J. and Joanne B. (Hauer) Geren. He married Carrie A. Duvall on July 26, 1975 in Middlesex, New Jersey. He grew up in Crystal Lake and had lived in McHenry for the last 34 years. He was employed as a master machinist by Aptar in Cary for nearly 30 years. During that time, he also operated his own business, TNT (Top Notch Tool), for over 20 years. Ernie loved the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and hiking, as well as shooting and archery. He was an adventurer which often lead him to take the back roads in his many travels. A quick-witted person, he was a problem solver. When he saw things that interested him, he loved using his ingenuity and love for tinkering to devise a means to build it himself. Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Carrie; two children, Mike (Nancy) Geren of Gilberts, and Tabitha (Ron) Blodgett of Loves Park; four grandchildren, Emilia, Alex, Devin, and Elissa; his mother and father, Harold and Joanne Geren of Crystal Lake; and three brothers, Gene, Ken, and Robert. He was preceded in death by his brother, Ricky, in 1983. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 4, 2014, at Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, 3700 W. Charles J. Miller Road, McHenry, IL 60050. The funeral service will be at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 4, in the funeral home. His family suggests memorials to either the or to JourneyCare Foundation. For information, please call the funeral home at 815-385-2400, or visit www.justenfh.com, where friends may leave an on-line condolence message for his family.
Published in the Northwest Herald from Apr. 30 to May 1, 2014
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