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John C. “Jack” Grady

Posted: Friday, Oct 12th, 2012

CHANA – John C. “Jack” Grady, 82, of Chana, died Monday, October 8, 2012 in his home. Born April 5, 1930 in Oregon, the son of Floyd and Gwendolyn (Blocher) Grady. Married to Neva Hansen Engelkes May 12, 1982 in Franklin Grove.

Jack lived in the Ogle/ Lee County area all his life. He was a 1948 graduate of Franklin Grove High School and a 1953 graduate of Manchester College and a veteran of the US Marine Corps.

Jack was a paper salesman in Rockford and Chicago for over 50 years, retiring in 1997 and a pure-bred sheep farmer in Chana for over 20 years.

Survived by his wife Neva Grady of Chana; son, Jim (Linda) Grady of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; daughter, Kim (Wayne) Bush of Apache Junction, Ariz.; step-son, Bruce Engelkes (fiancé Lorna Headlee) of Dixon; step-daughters: Bonnie (Dennis) Echelbarger of Amboy, Barb (Randy) Shankel of Franklin Grove and Billie Jo (Doug) Heier of Ashton; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.

Predeceased by his parents and sister, Judy Burke.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday October 14 from 1:00 -4:00 pm in Atlasta Park, S. State Street, Franklin Grove.

Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon, assisted the family. www.farrellhollandgale.com

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