F. Jack LaFever, 94, of Rockford, Ill., passed away surrounded by his family at the home of his daughter in Huntley on Saturday, September 21, 2013, following a long illness. He was born September 23, 1918, in Marinette, Wis., the son of Ray F. and Stella (Girard) LaFever, Sr.
Jack was a top-notch radar-man and sailed on the aircraft carrier, The Hancock, while serving in the United States Navy during World War II. He was united in marriage to Marion J. Wagner on October 23, 1939, in Marinette, Wis. The couple made their home in Rockford and Jack worked in sales in the food industry. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Rockford for 66 years, was active in the Knights of Columbus and had served a term as Grand Knight. He loved people and enjoyed sharing his many stories.
Jack is survived by his wife of 73 years, Marion; his daughter, Karen (Deacon Louis) Farinella of Huntley; his grandchildren: Kristine (Andrew) Hahn, Michelle (Matthew) Krol, Jennifer (William) Tichenor and Nicole Farinella; his great-grandchildren, Allyson Hahn, Ethan, Aiden, Beckham, Liam and Griffin Krol, Luis, Mikayla, Nicolas and Evan Tichenor. He was preceded in death by brothers:, Leslie (Dorothy) and Ray F. (Betty) LaFever.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 1st at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 2715 Taylor Street, Marinette, Wis.
Burial will be in Forest Home Cemetery, Marinette, Wis.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Knights of Columbus, Bishop Muldoon Council, Chapter # 470, 1429 Myott Ave. Rockford, IL 61126. For more information please call 847-515-8772 or online condolences can be directed to www.defiorejorgensen.com.