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LeRoy J. Haake

COAL CITY, Ill. — Mr. LeRoy J. Haake, 85, of Coal City, Ill., passed away Wednesday, July 24, 2013.

Born April 15, 1928, in Coal City, LeRoy was a son of Barbara (Planeta) and Fred Haake. He was raised in Coal City, educated in Assumption Catholic School, and graduated from Coal City High School with the Class of 1946.

LeRoy was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps who served during the Korean Conflict.

He was a member of Assumption Catholic Church in Coal City and retired from E.I. DuPont in Seneca with 32 years of employment.

Survivors include two nephews, Lee Collier of Carbon Hill, Ill., and Tom Collier of Las Vegas, Nev.; five great-nieces and great-nephews, Rob (Terri) Collier of Alabama, Chris (Brenda) Collier and Phillip (Cassie) Collier, both of Coal City, Cathy Collier of Joliet, Ill., and Jon (Toni) Collier of Hot Springs, Ark.; as well as numerous great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews; and great friends Irving and Elsie DeWald of Coal City.

LeRoy was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 60 years, Peggy; a sister, Mary Jane Haake; and a brother, Charles (Betty) Haake.

Visitation and video tribute will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday July 29, at Reeves Funeral Home, 75 North Broadway (one block north of Illinois 113) in Coal City. Funeral services will follow at 10:30 a.m. in Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, 245 South Kankakee St., Coal City. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated, with the Rev. Robert Noesen officiating.

Burial with full military honors will be in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, where LeRoy will be laid to rest with his late wife, Peggy.

Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers will be Chris Collier, Rob Collier, Phillip Collier, Irving DeWald, Rob Collier Jr., Ryan Collier, Mark Kuriger and Scott Kuriger.  

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in LeRoy’s memory to a charity of the donor’s choosing.

Friends may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences to the family by logging onto

Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. in Coal City. For additional information, call (815) 634-2125.

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