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Eric July

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ERIC R. JULY, 27 ROCKFORD - Eric R. July, 27, of Rockford, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at home after a sudden illness. Born Aug. 9, 1985, in Mount Clemens, Mich., son of Dale R. and Susan L. (Johnson) July. Graduated from Guilford High School in 2003, Rock Valley College and Northern Illinois University. He was presently pursuing a master's degree from NIU. While in high school, he was a member of the National Honor Society and was named to Who's Who in American High Schools. He ran on the track team at Guilford and played in the band both at Guilford and NIU. He received the honor of becoming an Eagle Scout, and while at Rock Valley was on the Student Council. He was an avid snow skier and enjoyed kayaking, biking and the Chicago, Blackhawks, Bears and Cubs. He had been a Red Cross volunteer while living in DeKalb and was presently a spokesperson for the National Meningitis Association. He was employed as a supervisor in the central processing department of Cadence Health System, formerly Central DuPage Hospital. Eric always tried to do what was right. He was conscientious, always being supportive and helpful to others. He had a special love for his family and loved animals as shown with his care of ATP the snake and Rambo the Chinese Water Dragon. Survivors include parent, Dale and Sue; brothers, David (Valerie) July and Bryan (Renee) July; grandparents, Leo and Gloria Johnson, and Ruth July; aunts and uncles, Tom (Linda) Johnson, Kathy (Bruce) Erickson and Tammy (Greg) Poulisse; nieces and nephews, Zachary (Lara) Johnson, Cody (Rebecca) Johnson, Adam (Nicole) Johnson, Chris (Lori) Erickson, Jenn (Erik) Erickson-Pierson, Jeremy (Megan) Erickson, Jake (Trina) Poulisse, Daniel Poulisse, Nic Poulisse and Matt Poulisse. He is also survived by his feline companion, Jackson. Predeceased by paternal grandfather, Duane July; and cousins, Chad Erickson and Timmy Poulisse. Eric's family would like to thank the North Park Fire Department and Chaplain Mumm, the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department and the Winnebago County Coroner's office for the kindness and compassion that was shown to them. Also, a special thank you to their neighbors who provided wonderful support. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, Mulford Chapel, 1860 S. Mulford Road, with the Rev. Bobby Sheets officiating. Visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, and from 1 p.m. to service time Friday. Memorials may be made to the family for the use to be determined at a later date. Express condolences and share memories at www.fitzgeraldfh.com.
Published in Rockford Register Star from Dec. 5 to Dec. 6, 2012
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