Arthur J. “John” Corey
Arthur J. “John” Corey, age 89, a resident of Grayslake, passed away Thursday, December 11, 2014 at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. He was born September 23, 1925 to Charles and Helen (Schmarje) Corey in Woodstock, IL. John graduated from Woodstock Community High School in 1942 and later from the Lake Forest School of Management. He was the first person to legally join the Marine Corps at the age of sixteen. He was among the troops who initially landed on Bougainville and Guam during World War II. John retired from Deringer Manufacturing Company after 40 years of service. He was a member of the American Legion, a charter member of the Woodstock VFW, and the past president of the Mark Twain Grade School PTA in Wheeling. John headed an effort that established a work co-op program between Libertyville High School and the industry in the area. He was a member of the group that got a vocational program started at the College of Lake County. John was a member of the group responsible for the development of the Chamber of Commerce in Madison County, North Carolina, where he served as master of ceremonies at two annual dinners before retiring. In his spare time, he enjoyed playing poker and cribbage, reading, watching Western movies and putting jigsaw puzzles together. John is survived by his sons, Scott (Barbara), Steven (Shelley), Keith, and Ross (Joan); his daughter, Stacy (Todd) Dalness; seven grandchildren, Melissa (John), Amy, David (Becky), Kathryn, Megan, Hannah, and Travis; and four great-grandchildren, Chloe, Zoe, Alexandra and Benjamin. Arthur’s parents, his wife Ida, and a brother, Leroy, preceded him in death. Friends of the family may visit from 4:00pm to 8:00pm on Friday, December 19, 2014 at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Rd., Grayslake, IL 60030. The funeral service will commence at 10:30am on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at the funeral chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Assoc. 208 S. LaSalle St. Ste 1500, Chicago, IL 60604. For information, please call 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.
In addition to all of John’s accomplishments, he was an amazing grandfather and friend. He will be missed by his card playing grandchildren and all his family and friends.
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