George James Valentine Jr.
1942 - 2020
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Valentine, Jr., George James

George James Valentine, Jr., age 78, passed away on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at St. Joseph Medical Center, surrounded by the love of his wife. George was born on March 29, 1942, the son of the late George James, Sr. and Elizabeth (nee Braun) Valentine. He was born and raised in Effingham, IL and was a graduate of Effingham High School and St. Louis University. George was a proud United States Marine Corps veteran. He retired in 2000 from the Village of Deerfield after a rewarding career as a Finance Manager. George was an intelligent man who enjoyed reading and traveling. He was fascinated with anything history related. Walking the battlefields in Vicksburg, Mississippi was something he shared with his brother. He was a social man who was always the life of the party. When he wasn't learning anything he could about our past, he enjoyed watching college football, playing golf and anything sports related. George is survived by his wife of 12 years, Charlene (nee Gorman); his step children, Richard (Trina) Zeitz, Frank (Joseph) Zeitz, Brian (Nancy) Zeitz, Carrie (Leah) Schadowsky, and Cristen Schadowsky; his grandchildren, Nicolette, Natalia, and Jacob Zeitz, and Brayden and Carter Schadowsky; one brother, Michael Valentine; and his brothers-in-law, Earnest and Harvey Chaloupka. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive. He is preceded by his first wife, Susan (Chaloupka) Valentine; and his parents. Funeral Services for George James Valentine, Jr. will be held on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, at 9:15 a.m. from the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black Rd. (at Essington Rd.), Joliet, IL to Holy Family Catholic Church, 600 N. Brookforest Dr., Shorewood, IL, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Interment will take place privately by the family Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery with full military honors held under the auspices of the United States Marine Corps and the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery Memorial Squad. Visitation will be held on Tuesday at the funeral home from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. In accordance with the Illinois guidelines, a 25 person capacity will be followed. Face masks are required and social distancing will be observed. For more information, please call 815-741-5500 or visit his Memorial Tribute at

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Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Sep. 13, 2020.
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September 24, 2020
George and I met in 1969 when we worked at a Chicago bank. He was a fellow supervisor which allowed us to spend quality time to give each other hints on how to do well in our jobs. We dated for a time until we both moved to other towns and although we promised to stay in got in the way. Even after fifty plus years I will always remember how kind and smart he was and how the people who knew him held him in the highest esteem. Rest in peace my old friend.
karen richmond
September 19, 2020
I am deeply saddened to hear of the loss of my dear friend of nearly 40 years. George was my peer and friend and has helped me through his advice and support in my 20 years as a finance officer. We spent many hours over dinner and golf sharing our experiences. I was happy to hear that several years after the passing of his first wife that he found someone new to love and spend his life with. I mourn his loss every day and always looked forward to seeing him at the IGFOA's Past President's luncheon. It was nearly 3 years since I've seen him last, but we always exchanged Christmas cards to keep in touch. George was one of the best friends that I have ever had in my life and there is an emptiness within me now that he is gone from this world. I am confident that he is still looking out for me. He was a friend that I loved dearly. My most deepest sympathy to his widow and his great extended family.

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Hella Tomczak
September 15, 2020
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Barbara Wykle
September 15, 2020
I loved George’s dry sense of Humor.
Barbara Wykle
September 15, 2020
George was a great guy . We had many great memories together over the years. He almost made the marines a career choice but instead became a Finance officer and a good one at that. You could always count on George to help you out and even though he was a little crusty at times he was one of the best - kind of one of my inner circle. I could tell you many stories about our escapades together- most of them good - probably a couple we shouldn't have been involved in but thats all part of life. he had two great women in his life Charlene and Susan - he was a lucky guy. We will all miss you George - God Bless
Pat Byrne
September 14, 2020
George was an original. You always knew he was around by the coffee rings on his yellow note pad.
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