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Jack Treadman, age 95, of Batavia, formerly of Naples, FL, passed away quietly into the arms of his Savior, the morning of Thursday, April 5, 2018.
He was born May 6, 1922, in Joliet, IL, to proud parents, Earl E. and Anna C. (Anselmo) Treadman.
Jack grew up in Joliet and attended local schools. He continued his education at Joliet Junior College before transferring to University of Illinois, Champaign, IL. He graduated with a Bachelorâ€™s Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1944.
Shortly after graduation, Jack, as a member of the R.O.T.C. program, answered the call of his country, and proudly served in the U.S. Navy as a daring and vaunted pilot during WWII, watching for German submarines in the Gulf of Mexico. After his honorable discharge and return to civilian life in 1946, Jack met the sunshine of his life on a blind date. A graduate of Silver Cross Nursing School, Holly Hollenberg knew the wonders of the human heart, and she quickly found that Jackâ€™s beat only for her. They were united in marriage on June 28, 1947 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Joliet, IL.
They began their new life together in Joliet. While Jack began a career at Peoples Gas, Light, & Coke, in Chicago, Holly concentrated on making their house a home, and raising their family, Val, Jack and fourteen years later, Scott made the family complete in 1962. In 1958, the growing family moved to Westchester, IL. Batavia became their next home in 1977 before transforming into “snow birds”, flying to Naples, FL, when the weather turned cold.
Jack was an avid member of the Fox Valley Aeromodelers, where he tested his flying mettle against other enthusiastsâ€™. He also was a member of the Royal Order of the Moose in Batavia and the American Legion in both Chicago and Naples, FL.
Never one to get flying out of his blood, Jack continued his passion for flying, but from the ground. He spent countless hours building and flying giant scale model airplanes that soared across the sky, an echo of his time in cockpit. Boats also tweaked his engineering imagination. Jack built both model boats as well as full size eight foot Dinghyâ€™s. His garage is stacked floor to ceiling with the fruits of a lifetime of love and labor. When he put down his tools, Jack and Holly travelled across the U.S., not only to see the sights, but also to fly in the various model airplane competitions called “Fly-Inâ€™s”. Any time was a good time when Jack was involved. They were never shy of camping, and pitched tents anywhere he could plant a stake. When he couldnâ€™t stake it in the ground, he strung jungle hammocks, keeping him safe from various “creepers” that stalked the land while he slept.
He is survived by his loving wife, Holly; three children: Val Pearson, Jack (Stephanie Kromelis) Treadman and Scott (Heidi) Treadman; six grandchildren: Gretchen (Jason) Pearson Nerad, Andrew Pearson, Daniel Pearson, Loni (Firman) Weaver, Whitney Treadman and Samantha (Alex) Blaga; a brother-in-law, Tod Hollenberg, and a community of friends from Illinois to the sunshine state.
Jack is preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be on Monday, April 9, 2018, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119 from 9:30-10:30 a.m., with a service to follow at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, 200 W Romeo Rd, Romeoville, IL 60446, at 12:45 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Jackâ€™s name. Checks may be made to the “Jack Treadman Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address, the Conley Funeral Home Facebook Page, or at www.conleycare.com where you can see Jackâ€™s full life story.
A service to follow at 10:30 a.m.will be on Monday, April 9, 2018, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119.
Visitation will be on Monday, April 9, 2018, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119 from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, 200 W Romeo Rd, Romeoville, IL 60446, at 12:45 a.m.