OREGON – Richard B. “Dick” Jahns Sr., 77, died Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, at Polo Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.
He was born May 3, 1940, in Aurora, the son of Raymond and Marion (McEwan) Jahns. He graduated in 1958 from Kaneland High School. He worked 21 years for Elburn Water Department, retiring in 2003. He also was a retired volunteer for Elburn Fire Department, after serving more than 25 years.
Dick and Pam met with the luck of the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day in 1973, and married on June 29, 1974. They brought two families together, and were considered a lopsided Brady Brunch. Dick was a caring father, grandfather, and great-grandfather to the entire family. He loved going on his annual fishing trips to Lake Shelbyville with family and friends. He enjoyed making birdhouses, wooden signs, fishing, cutting down trees, and anything that goes “boom.”
Dick loved living on the Rock River with Pam after his retirement, and being with his dog, Jack. He was a friend to everyone he met with his outgoing personality. He won over many with his gentle, kind heart and witty humor. Dick carried this spirit into his last home and was crowned King of the Polo Rehab and Nursing Facility by the caring staff for Valentine’s Day 2017.
He is survived by his wife, Pam of Oregon; five children, Richard (Emily Miller) Jahns Jr. of DeKalb, Monty (Chris) Jahns of Sugar Grove, Anna (Tom) Mainhart of Elburn, Judy Heyob of Shelbyville, and Dawn (Phil) Griswold of Dixon; one brother, Raymond Jahns of Rochester Hills, Michigan; one sister, Fay Driessen of Covington, Washington; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and special friend, Rick Miller.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughters, Angie Landmeier and infant, Winessa Jahns; two grandsons, Ryan and Timmy; and son-in-law, Paul Heyob.
A celebration of Dick’s life will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Nov. 18 at Oregon VFW. Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home in Oregon handled arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is established in Dick’s name.
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