SYCAMORE – Dr. John W. Ovitz, Jr., who was in his hundredth year and a lifelong resident of Sycamore, Ill., died on Tuesday evening, April 2, 2013, at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford.|
"Dr John", as many knew him, was born in 1914 in Sycamore to Dr. John W. Ovitz Sr. and Urania Bryan Rogers Ovitz. He graduated from Sycamore High School, attended Dartmouth College and earned his medical degree from the Northwestern University School of Medicine in 1940.
In 1941, he volunteered in the U.S. Army Medical Corp where he served with the 38th Artillery Division in the Philippines during the World War II. After the war, Dr. John returned to Sycamore where he started his medical practice at the Elm Street Clinic in 1946 with his father. He was an active medical staff member of the Sycamore Hospital and continued to practice medicine until he chose to retire in 1999 at age 85. His professional associations were many and among them were the DeKalb County Medical Society, the Illinois State Medical Society, as well as the American Academy of Family Practice.
He served in numerous civic organizations including the Sycamore Chamber of Commerce, the Sycamore Community School District and sixty years as a member of the Sycamore Rotary Club. Dr. John was one of the founding members of the Family Service Agency.
In 1941, he married Virginia Noyes. They had three children, Carol Ovitz Hancock, Jean Ovitz Schick, and Jack W. Ovitz. Virginia died in 1954. In 1957, Dr. John married Jane Downs and they had two children, Robert W. Ovitz and Anne Ovitz Ayres.
Dr. John is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Jane Downs Ovitz; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents; sister, Jane Ovitz Olson; and first wife, Virginia Noyes Ovitz.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, May 24, at the Federated Church, 612 W. State St., Sycamore, with Pastor Dennis Johnson and the Rev. David Hedges co- officiating. A reception will be held following the service.
Memorials can be made to the local museums, DeKalb County Community Foundation, or the Joiner Room/Sycamore Library.
Arrangements by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Quiram Sycamore Chapel, 1245 Somonauk St., Sycamore. For information, call 815-895-6589. To share a memory or send a condolence, visit www.olsonfh.com.
Published in Daily Chronicle on May 22, 2013