JOLIET, Ill. — Mr. Anthony “Tony” M. Urbancic, 95, lifetime resident of Rockdale, Ill., passed away peacefully Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at the Joliet Area Community Hospice Home with his family by his side.
Tony proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1940 to 1945. He was in the Ski Troop, served in the Aluetian Islands and became a drill sergeant. He received the American Defense Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon, A-P Theater Ribbon with one Bronze star and the World War II Victory Medal.
Tony worked for 33 years at Blockson Chemical/Olin Matheson, retiring in January 1979.
He went to ground school at Lewis College, became a pilot and continued to fly until he was 88 1/2 years old. He was also a midget race car owner most notably at Joliet Memorial Stadium.
Survivors include his children, Elizabeth (Emil) Engelman and Anthony (Barbara) Urbancic; grandchildren, Emil (Marie) Engelman, Timothy (Mary) Engelman and Jeramie Engelman, Anthony (Naomi) Urbancic III, Andrew (Melissa) Urbancic and Adam (Shari) Urbancic; great-grandchildren, Anthony IV, Drake, Abilene, Hailee, Grace, Emil IV, Madilyn and Addisyn; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara “Betty” (Mozden) Urbancic; his parents; and five siblings.
A celebration of Tony ’s life will begin at 9:15 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, with prayers at the funeral home chapel then moving in procession to St. Joseph Church, Rockdale, for a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10 a.m.
Interment will be at Woodlawn Memorial Park.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, at Tezak’s Home to Celebrate Life.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Joliet Area Community Hospice Home.
Obituary and Tribute Wall for Anthony M. Urbancic is available online at www.tezakfuneralhome.com.
Tezak’s Home to Celebrate Life in Joliet, Ill., is in charge of arrangements. For more information, call (815) 722-0524.