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Horace Jordan Obituary
Jordan, Horace W. Age 95, a longtime resident of Wilmette and Chicago, Illinois, passed away peacefully on December 14, 2011 surrounded by his family at his home. Born in 1916, Mr. Jordan grew up as the second son of John and Natalie Jordan in the shadows of Wrigley Field where he witnessed Babe Ruth's called home run, but, alas, no World Series championship. He was a proud alum of the Francis Parker School, Amherst College and Northwestern University School of Law, graduating near the top of his class from each of these cherished institutions. After law school, he worked for the legal department of Montgomery Wards. A few years later he enlisted in the Army, serving as an officer in the Counter Intelligence Corp during World War II. While stationed in North Africa, India and China, Mr. Jordan developed a life-long passion for travel. After his military service, he practiced law in LaSalle, Illinois before returning to Chicago to join his Northwestern classmate, John Van Duzer to form what became known as the law firm of Van Duzer, Gershon, Jordan & Petersen. During his legal career he earned many honors and successes in and out of the courtroom but perhaps he was best known for his commitment to represent his clients zealously and with sound advice and for his care in treating adversaries with honor and respect. He retired in 1986 at the age of 70. Upon his retirement he served as an occasional court appointed arbitrator, served as a member of numerous non-profit organizations and pursued his love of reading, travel, sailing and sharing time with his family. He married the love of his life, Constance Tippens Jordan in 1951 declaring that decision as the luckiest thing he ever did. Together they raised four children, Robert Y. Jordan, Constance Jordan Lochridge, David C. Jordan and Horace (Hob) W. Jordan, Jr. Mr. Jordan was a dedicated and loving husband, father, grandfather to seven and great grandfather to three. He was forever young at heart learning to water ski at age 50 at his beloved home in Bridgman, Michigan, snow ski at age 60 and enjoying the novelty of being an "early adoptor" of the latest in technology. Mr. Jordan served as a role model for many, professing the importance of hard work, living in moderation and remaining physically active. He always remained true to the family motto: "Percussa Resurgo" (when struck down, I rise again). He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Connie; his children Bob, Connie (Scott) and Hob (Diana); he is also survived by adoring grandchildren Kati (Stephen), Natalie (Craig), Scott, Calla, Gwendolyn, Taryn and Charlotte; his great grandchildren Caleb, Wesley Kate and Blake, and many loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother Robert and his son David. A private family service will be scheduled shortly. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the in his name.
Published in Pioneer Press North from Dec. 22 to Dec. 28, 2011
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