James Joseph Yandura|
Born: Dec.21, 1939; in Joliet
Died: May 11th, 2014; in Hines, IL
"Jim" was born on December 21st, 1939 in Joliet, Illinois, passed away peacefully on May 11th, 2014 with great comfort and care at the Hines VA Hospital. Surrounded by his family, with special attention given by caregivers, especially neurologist, Dr. Park and the staff of the VA Hospice Unit. Age 74 years.
Survivors include his cherished wife of 52 years, Judith (Todd) Yandura, his adoring daughter, Kelly (Todd) Gallaher and family, Keaton, Haley, Hudson, Hunter and Chloe. Dearest son, Retired AF Lt. Col. Kevin (Christine) Yandura and family, Kelsey, Tessa and Eric. Son-in-law Doug Joseph (late Kristine Yandura-2008) and daughters, Gianna, Alina, Mariah and Talia. Dear brothers Joseph (late Joani Kovach-2009) Yandura, Gene (Gerrie) Letasi. Dear sister Dorothy (Late Jack-2010) Cooper, brother-in-law Bill Pierce, and sister-in-law Bernice. Special cousin Jake (Jeannette) Jostak. Survived by many beloved nieces, nephews and very special friends: Peach and Chuck, Shelby and Te-Ti, June and Roger, Neil and Lindy, Art and Linda, Frank and Shirley, Bob and Betty, Don and Sue, Gene and Pat, Mike and Sharon, Paula, Ginger, Josie and Mona.
Preceded in death by his parents Joseph & Cecilia (Jostak) Yandura, son Kraig (1991), daughter Kristine Yandura Joseph (2008), sister Eleanore Frickey (1997), sister-in-law, Shirley Gans, brother George Yandura, of Colorado (2007), Three brother-in-laws Jack Cooper of AZ (2010), Buddy Rockenbach and ThomasTodd (2005).
He was the son of the late Joseph Yandura Sr. (1940) and Cecilia Yandura (nee Jostak) Letasi (1994). James attended St. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church Grade School, class of 1954. He was also a graduate of of Joliet Central Township High School Class of 1958 and went onto honorably service in the United States Army as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division. Jim was employed as a steelworker at Gerdau Steel for 40 years. He was also a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #300.
Jim was witty and fun in personality, loving, kind, and an adventurous explorer. His beautiful smile and sense of humor was contagious. A wonderful husband, devoted father, grandfather, uncle and friend. Jim and his high school sweetheart Judy were world travelers having a lifetime of fond memories together enjoying each other and making lots of friends along the way. Their love for each other was an example for all. Jim loved the outdoors - gardening, mushroom picking, tending to his yard and pool and training his squirrel friends (Nutty). Jim was an excellent woodworker and craftsman making birdhouses as his specialty. He will be greatly missed.
Funeral services will be held from the Carlson-Holmquist-Sayles Funeral Home, 2320 Black Rd., Wednesday, May 21 at 9:30 A.M. to the Cathedral of St. Raymond, 604 N. Raynor Ave. at 10:00 A.M. for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment Woodlawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 3:00 - 8:00 P.M.
Published in The Herald-News from May 18 to May 19, 2014