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F. Jack LaFever
F. Jack LaFever, 94, of Rockford Ill., passed away surrounded by family at the home of his daughter in Huntley on Saturday, Sept. 21 following a long illness.
Born Sept. 23, 1918 in Marinette, the son of Ray F. and Stella (Girard) LaFever, sr., he was a top-notch radar-man and sailed on the aircraft carrier, The Hancock, while serving in the United States Navy during WWII. He married Marion J. Wagner on Oct. 23, 1939 in Marinette and the couple made their home in Rockford where he worked in sales in the food industry.
He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Rockford for 66 years, active in the Knights of Columbus and had served as Grand Knight. He loved people and enjoyed sharing his many stories.
He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Marion; a daughter, Karen (Deacon Louis) Farinella of Huntley; four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Leslie (Dorothy) and Ray F. (Betty) LaFever.
Visitation was held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the DeFiore-Jorgensen Funeral Home and continued on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until time of the Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church. Burial was in Forest Home Cemetery, Marinette. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Knights of Columbus, Bishop Muldoon Council, Chapter #470, 1429 Myott Ave. Rockford, IL 61126.
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