FRANKLIN GROVE – Ward W. Danekas, 81, of Franklin Grove, died Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon.
He was born on June 7, 1931, in Reynolds Township in Lee County to the late Freda (Beutel) and Stoddard Danekas. A bachelor, he left no widow or children to grieve for him.
He is survived by five nephews and nieces, and was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and three brothers.
Danekas graduated from Dixon High School in 1949 and had his education interrupted by the Korean War. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, he returned to college and received his B.S. degree in education in 1956 from Northern Illinois State Teachers College (now Northern Illinois University).
Danekas worked at different jobs over the years, including several years as a police officer in Rochelle, 2 years as a teacher in Cassville, Wis., several years as a Department of the Army Civilian in Europe and with the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky.
He was also an air taxi pilot, art director with Beier & Co., and copy director with Sundstrand Aerospace and others.
He retired as a commercial artist with Print-O-Tape Co. in Mundelein.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Beverage-Lyons Family Funeral Home, 601 Richardson Ave. in Ashton.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment will follow at at Ashton Cemetery.
Pall bearers will be Jim Schmall, Doug Yocum, Stuart White, and Ron Wittenauer; Elwood D. Voss will be honorary pall bearer.
Memorials may be made to Granny Rose Animal Shelter in Dixon and to Winnie Knox Memorial Library in Franklin Grove.