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John Edward "Jack" Uerkwitz

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 2:16 p.m. CDT

MORRIS — John Edward "Jack" Uerkwitz, 85, of Morris, Ill., passed away Monday morning, Oct. 28, 2013, at his home.

Born March 20, 1928, in Morris, John was a son of the late Roy and Dorothy Patton-Uerkwitz. He was raised in Morris and was drafted into the United States Army, where he honorably served during the Korean Conflict.

On July 17, 1965, Jack married Elizabeth Colleen Brady (nee Walsh) in Morris and she preceded him on Feb. 29, 1972. Jack’s employment entailed working at the Seneca Shipyards during World War II, and he was later hired as a butcher. Jack was most known for his work in construction, and he retired from the Laborer’s Local #75 in 1983, after many years of service. Jack was a member of the Morris American Legion Post 294 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles 1024 in Morris. He had a love of fishing and enjoyed playing the lottery and spending time with his friends at Feeney’s. Jack greatly cherished his family and took great pleasure in spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his daughter, Lisa (Lou) Orzech of Shorewood; three grandchildren, Julia, Evan and Aaron; one sister, Virginia (the late Harry) Wollgast of Morris; one brother, Robert “Butch” (Ada) Uerkwitz of Missouri; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; wife Elizabeth; brother Donald; and sister Pauline Cagle.

Visitation and video tribute will be held Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, from 1 p.m. until the time of funeral service at 3 p.m. at Reeves Funeral Home, 408 E. Washington St. (one block east of Illinois Route 47) in Morris. The Rev. Deb Percell from the First United Methodist Church of Morris will officiate.

Burial with full military honors provided by the Morris Color Guard, will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Morris. Pallbearers and Honorary Pallbearers will be Lou Orzech, Julia Orzech, Evan Orzech, Aaron Orzech, Mike Feeney, Jerry Hendricks and James Peterson.

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Jack’s memory to Grundy Community Volunteer Hospice, 518 W. Illinois Ave., Morris, IL 60450, or to Jack’s family for distribution to a local charity of their choosing.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Quality Home Health, Joanie Sereno and Grundy Community Volunteer Hospice, Deb Raymond, Doc Christiansen, and Micki Hendricks. Your kindness, care and compassion will always be remembered.

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

Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. in Morris; 815-942-2500.

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