MORTON - Henry J. "Hank" Ort, 85, of Kankakee, formerly of Morton, died at 7:36 a.m. Friday, May 30, 2014, at his home.
He was born May 4, 1929, in Chicago, to Henry Myron and Lillian (Novotny) Ort. He married Barbara Corn on July 27, 1952. She survives.
Also surviving are daughters, Nancy (Mike) Hogan and Holly (Ron) Bailey; grandchildren, Jennifer (Joe) Korish, Amy (Aaron) Potacki, John Hogan, Heather (Scott) Parry, Jeremy (Juning) Bailey, Timothy (Roxanna) Swanson and Stephen (Kristen) Swanson; and great-grandchildren, Josie, Julianne and almost-here baby Korish, Hannah, Elizabeth and Claire Potacki, Maddy Hogan, Matt, Meagan and Madison Parry, Max Bailey, Benjamin and Malena Swanson, Erik and Parker Swanson. Also surviving are daughters of the heart, Roberta (Phil) Duyff, Linda (Richard) Valiga and Lucimar (Tulio) Junquiera.
Henry enjoyed summers in Kankakee from birth to high school. As a sophomore at Kankakee High School, he became a full-time resident and graduated in 1947. He continued his education receiving a B.S. degree from Illinois State University in Normal in 1954, followed by a M.S. from the same university in 1962.
Henry's college work was interrupted to serve in the U.S. Army during the Korean War with the 7th Army (Corps of Engineers) in Europe.
Henry was a lifelong educator, starting as instructor and supervisor in vocational education at the Illinois School for Boys in Sheridan, Ill. He then moved to Morton to establish the Industrial Arts Program at the junior high level. He also served as a counselor and, from 1963 to 1988, was principal of Morton Junior High School.
In retirement, he continued to encourage life-long learning. He developed a support process for DP Consultants of Tremont, developed a drop-out prevention program through Illinois Central College and developed curriculum for and taught Senior Net classes.
His hobbies and interests included travel, house doctor for home repair, computer assistance, refurbishing wood boats, delivering Meals on Wheels, transportation assistance, and planning assistance for home renovation.
He participated in a variety of service organizations and was an organizing member of the Kankakee Boat Club, Morton Rotary, Morton AFS Youth exchange program, Illinois Valley Power Squadron and the Illinois Principals Association, as well as the Tazewell County Airport. He held a private pilot's license until recent years.
Henry was a member of Morton United Methodist Church and, most recently, St. John's United Church of Christ in Kankakee.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at Morton United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Lori Harvey officiating. Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton is handling local arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. John's United Church of Christ Youth Program for summer camp scholarships, the Hospice of Kankakee Valley or to the Kankakee Humane Society.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.knappjohnson.com.
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