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LUD JUNS, age 81, of Maple Park, IL, passed away Friday, February 17, 2006, at Delnor Community Hospital, Geneva having suffered an apparent heart attack.He was born November 29, 1924, in rural Burlington, IL, the son of Frank and Mary (Gorenz) Juns. He grew up on the family farm and learned early the skill of milking, the feel of the soil and the trustful faith that leads a farmer from season to season. He attended a country school just down the road but in time he left school to help on the farmIn February of 1956, Lud met Dorothy Anne Carr at a dance at Long’s Barn, near Kaneville. It was a dance that continued through a lifetime and they were united in marriage on November 17, 1956, at St. Gall Church in Elburn. They made their home on the family dairy farm, near Burlington, where they raised their family and shared the daily toil of farming. In 1981, they sold the dairy herd and Lud and Dorothy moved to rural Maple Park. After he left the dairy, Lud had time to "go to town" and just "window shop, something that he’d never had time for before. Once a farmer, always a farmer and although he hadn’t had cows to milk for twenty-five years his heart still remembered; was there enough hay for the winter, were the cows in the barn, time for milking. Among his hobbies were collecting arrowheads, antique and toy tractors. He liked to buy an occasional lottery ticket and enjoyed trips to the casino. He was a man with a lucky streak and sometimes he came home a winner. He was a member of the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association), took flying lessons for a short time and when he was 73, Lud won a flight on a B-17 as an honorary guest of Bob Collins, WGN radio personality. He also had an interest in the history of both World Wars. Lud was a hardworker, meticulous in his planning. He was a quiet man, with a quick wit and a ready smile. His daily presence in the lives of his grandchildren brought joy to him and blessed each of them with a gift that money cannot buy.He was a life long member of S.S. Peter & Paul Church, a longtime member of the Pure Milk Association, the Kane County Farm Bureau and the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association).He is survived by his wife, Dorothy of Maple Park;his children, Bill (Lori) Juns of Hampshire, IL and Sue Juns of Maple Park, IL;4 grandchildren: Tracie (Dan) Klug of Hampshire, Katie (Jason) Kralka of Montgomery, IL,Billy Juns and Thomas Juns, also of Hampshire; two great-grandchildren, whose expected arrival in March and June, Lud eagerly awaited; 1 sister, Donna Juns of Sycamore, IL;1 sister-in-law, Ruth Juns of Elgin, IL;2 brothers-in-law, Jerry Carr of MO andMarvin "Jack" Carr of TX, as well as many nieces and nephews and a community of friends.He was preceded in death by his parents;five siblings: Frank Juns, Jr., Mary (Len) Schramer, John Juns, Gene Juns and Jean Evelyn Juns; two sisters-in-law, Lois and Mildred Carr.A memorial has been established in his name. Checks may be made to the Lud Juns Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Memories and tributes may be mailed to the same address or forwarded to the family through his obituary at www.conleycare.com.
His visitation will be held from 4-8pm, with a Wake Service at 7pm, February 20, 2006, at the Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL.His funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:30am, Tuesday morning, February 21, 2006, at S.S. Peter & Paul Church, Virgil, with an hour of visitation preceding the service.
Interment will follow at S.S. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Virgil.