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Arden L. Humbert

Mr. Arden L. "Ardee" Humbert, 73, passed away at home Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012,  with his beloved family by his side.

Born May 7, 1939, Arden was the son of Frank and Agnes (Petersen) Humbert. He was a graduate of Gardner-South Wilmington High School. He married his wife, Sandy, on Nov. 5, 1961.

Ardee served four years aboard the USS Hornet, CVS-12, in the Pacific Fleet.

He retired from Mobil Oil Joliet Refinery in 1995 after 24 years of service. Upon retirement, Ardee was responsible for the formation of the XOM Retiree Club of Joliet, now more than 200 members strong.

Though Ardee was diagnosed with Glioblastoma multiforme in 2011, he was determined to make the best use of life's extra days obtained from a couple of surgeries, which allowed him and Sandy to see granddaughter Valkyrie wed near San Francisco's Muir Woods, participate in granddaughter Venus' Navy commissioning following graduation from USC, where he was her first salute as an officer, and enjoy a hot air balloon ride over Napa Valley for his 50th wedding anniversary.

Ardee loved his family, friends, golf, traveling with Sandy in their camper, and life in general, and was a friend to many. He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his wife, Sandy; his daughters, Cindy Johnson and Angela (Howard) Savage; granddaughters, Valkyrie and Ensign Venus Savage and Sarah Johnson; two brothers, Frank and Harold Humbert; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Lucille, Twilla and Margaret.

Funeral services for Ardee Humbert will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, at the funeral home chapel.

Interment will be at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to First Tee of Joliet, 3000 W. Jefferson St., Joliet, Ill., 60435 would be appreciated.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Fred C. Dames Funeral Home in Joliet, Ill.

Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black at Essington Roads, Joliet, Ill., is in charge of arrangements. For more information, call (815) 741-5500 or visit the website

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