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John Thatcher

August 21, 2018

John J. Thatcher, 90, of Monee, passed away Sunday (Aug. 19, 2018) at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Monee. The Rev. Roger Kutzner will officiate. Burial will be in Peotone Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the wishes of the family.

Mr. Thatcher was born July 24, 1928, at St. Francis Hospital, Blue Island, the son of Andrew and Lola (Fritz) Thatcher.

He was a retired steel worker at Acme Steel in Riverdale and a longtime farmer. He was a proud member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Peotone. John enjoyed farming, gardening and especially fishing. He especially enjoyed his time spent in Freemont, Wis., on the Wolf River with his wife, Myra. He also very much enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, family and friends.

Preceding him in death was his wife of more than 66 years, Myra (Eylander) Thatcher, whom he married Jan. 31, 1947, in Blue Island. She preceded him in death June 18, 2013.

Surviving are three children, Janet (Gary) Hase, of Monee, Joyce (the late Keith) Albers, of Peotone, and Jimmy Thatcher, of Peotone; two daughters-in-law, Rosalie Robbins (the late John A.) Thatcher and Debra Friddle (the late Joe Thatcher), both of Wilmington; nine grandchildren, John (Jody) Thatcher, Raymond Thatcher, Angela (Ed) Brandau, Shannon Emmons, Justin Friddle, Gary (April) Hase, Matthew (Jennifer) Hase, Julie Hase (Richard) Balow and Ashley Thatcher; 15 great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert (the late Esther) Thatcher, of Beecher; and a sister, Mary Ann Danielson, of Westminster, Colo.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, John A. Thatcher (April 4, 2012) and Joe Thatcher (April 12, 2012); a son-in-law, Keith Albers (March 4, 2009); and a granddaughter, Stacey Thatcher.

Please sign his online guestbook at feddehelfrichcrossfh.com.

(Pd)

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