PRINCETON – Kay F. Gorman, 83, of Ohio, died Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at Liberty Manor in Princeton.
Kay was born on May 14, 1930, in Ohio, the son of Vincent and Pearl (Heitz) Gorman. He was united in marriage to Louise McDonald on Oct. 10, 1953, in Ohio. She preceded him in death on July 19, 2010. He attended Ohio schools, graduating in 1948.
As a carpenter, he worked for Frank Warkins of Ohio and Bob Perry of Dixon. After a serious car accident in 1951, he worked for Rothan Wood Milling of Peoria and took a carpentry apprenticeship with the union in Peoria. Returning to Ohio, he worked for Dixon Home Lumber, Virgil Shrock of Dixon, and as a foreman for Bob Swaney (Rock River Builders) for 9 years. He assisted in constructing more than 100 homes in the area, principally in Dixon. He built the family home at 103 N. Pleasant St. in Ohio, after work hours.
In 1965, he returned to night school at the Morrison School of Drafting, earning an associate degree in architectural drafting. He began drafting and designing homes in 1966, he worked for GBH Homes, later Homeway Homes in Walnut. He was a local representative at Component Homes of Iowa City from 1984-1985 and at Wolohan Lumber in Peru from 1985-1986. He then returned to Walnut Custom Homes, previously Homeway Homes, retiring June 30, 1994.
Kay with his wife, owned and operated school buses for the Ohio schools for 24 years from 1954 to 1978. He retired in June 30, 1994. Kay, was a lifelong member of Immaculate Conception Church.
He is survived by two daughters, Mary Colleen Gorman of Des Plaines and Ellen (Christopher) Reagan of Deerfield; two sons, John (Susan) Gorman of Princeton and Tim (Jill) Gorman of Springfield, Mo.; five grandchildren, Jacob (Aileen) Gorman, Kelsey and Kaitlyn Gorman, Maighdlin and Maura Reagan; and one sister, Ann Kerr of Princeton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Mark Kevin Gorman; and one brother, Leo.
Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. today at Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Immaculate Conception Church of Ohio, with the Rev. Thomas Shaw, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Ohio.
A memorial has been established to Vitas Hospice and Ohio Fire Department.
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