Raymond E. Meader

Joliet, Illinois

1947 - 2019


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Raymond E. Meader, “Spike”, age 72, a lifelong resident of Lockport and Joliet, Illinois, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family on Friday, August 23, 2019.

Survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Mary (Hayes) Meader; loving children Jeff (Emily Sieracki) Meader, Jana (Ryan) Kubacki, Jill (Jason) Sunderson and Jenae (Alex) Cerovac; grandchildren Caroline, Claire, and Ryan Jr. Kubacki, Owen, Kate, and Charlotte Sunderson; brother, Robert (Cheryl Robertson) Meader; nephew Scott (Kathryn Blackmore) Meader and niece Stacey (Andrew) Moses. Numerous in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews also survive, including dearest next-door neighbors of 42 years, Scott and Sue Crowther.

Born in Joliet, IL on July 29, 1947 to Raymond G. and Bernadine (Mutz) Meader. Ray graduated from Lockport High School, Class of 1965, and from Beloit College in 1969. He played both high school and college basketball. He earned his Masters of Science in Physics from Purdue University in 1974. He taught physics at West Chicago High School and Glenbard South while earning his J.D. from Lewis University in 1979. He practiced law for 40 years and was a partner of Tracy Law Offices with Ken Carlson, John Gallo, Mike Wojtak, Rich Vogel, and associates. He greatly appreciated the support staff, especially Chris Placencia. He enjoyed working with fellow Beloit College collegian George Barr.

In 1968, Ray married his high school sweetheart, Mary (Hayes) Meader at the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus. Ray and Mary recently celebrated their golden 50th wedding anniversary with an extended family gathering. He was a super loving dad to their four children, Jeff, Jana, Jill and Jenae who adored him. He was a lifelong parishioner of St. Raymond and enjoyed serving with Mary as Catholic marriage-prep facilitators.

Lovingly known as “Ganni” to his six grandchildren, he looked forward to supporting all sporting events quietly from the stands. He had a keen eye for the physics of a baseball swing, and showed slight adjustments at the Sonny’s batting cages, with ice cream after, of course. He cooked gourmet meals at home, from California tri-tip steak to scratch pizzas. He enjoyed simple treats like root beer, popcorn, and vanilla ice cream with peaches. Everyone looked forward to a family meal at Ganni and Mimi’s house.

Ray was a wonderfully positive influence. Kind-hearted and generous with his time and talents, he was always there with an ear, a level-head, and a solution. Whether legal advice, school fundraising, or a good shopping challenge, Ray was always happy to help. He was always encouraging perseverance. His favorite advice was to “hang in there”.

Ray expressed gratitude for the unparalleled care he received since being diagnosed with autoimmune Interstitial Lung Disease in 2007. The family would like to thank University of Chicago physicians Drs. Mary Strek, James Curran, Dianne Altkorn, Jason Alexander and Gregory Lewis, MD of Amita Hinsdale.

He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond G. Meader, mother Bernadine (Mutz) Meader, and brother Randall L. Meader.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 31st at the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus. Cremation rites have been accorded and interment in Resurrection Cemetery will be private. In lieu of flowers, please honor Ray with an act of kindness or gift to your charity of choice.

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Jenae, I was sorry to learn of your father's passing. His obituary is an amazing tribute. It sounds like he led a full and accomplished life with plenty of great memories for everyone. Please take care.

Jenae, I'm so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. It sounds like he was a wonderful husband and father and a kind human. I hope your fond memories of him are a comfort to you during this difficult time. I'm thinking of you and your family.

Katherine Laggos

Ray was a great guy all through Central,Kelvin Grove and LTHS. I have a fun memory of being in Freshman Earth Science. We were partners and had to make a 3 dimensional solar system for a class project. We did have fun! So sorry to hear of Ray's passing, and I send my condolences to all his family and friends.

Fond memories of a wonderful person

Jeff and Emily
Please accept my deepest condolences for your family's loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love and
Geri McGinn

Very sorry to read of the passing of Ray. I remember the many conversations we had at the JCA softball games. He was a great guy. May his family find peace.

So sorry my friend, may you Rest in Peace. I guess God needed someone to play basketball for him and he selected you my friend. Could not have selected a better person. Go get 'em Spike!

Jenae, So sorry to hear about the passing of your father. Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time!

Jenae, I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May wonderful memories with your father bring you some peace and comfort.

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