David Katz, 90, of the Illinois Veteran's Home formerly Oak Lawn, IL died Friday (February 13, 2015) in Blessing Hospital.
Born January 27, 1925 in Chicago, IL. David was the son of Sam and Pearl Tart Katz. He married Gerri Kelly in Chicago and she preceded him in death.
Mr. Katz served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II receiving the purple heart and the distinguished unit badge for action in the Dutch New Guinea Campaign.
David was the owner of the Universal Trunk Company in Chicago and later was employed by Skyway Luggage, Mack Truck and Sweethart Cup Co. His real passion was buying and selling antiques and restoring, refinishing and reupholstering antique furniture. He was enthusiastically involved in community theater particularly enjoying his role as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. He was intellectually curious until his last days and was a voracious reader. He was a prolific writer in his later years, often called upon to write letters and eulogies for other Illinois Veteran's Home residents who became his second family these past years. He was also the Illinois Veteran's Home newsletter editor and was a meticulous proofreader. He was well-known at the Quincy Illinois Veteran's Home for his deep bass renderings yearly of The Night Before Christmas.
Survivors include two daughters Bonnie Katz (Allan Siegal) of Northbrook, IL and Paula Katz-Mariani (John) of Vernon Hills, IL; six grandchildren Lauren Gibrick, Jordan Gibrick, Al Katz-Mariani, special pen pal Clarie Katz-Mariani, Rachel Siegal and Melissa Siegal.
Mr. Katz was preceded in death by his parents, a son Richard Katz and one brother Sidney Katz.
A private family military graveside will be held Thursday at 11:00 a.m. in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL. Shiva will be held Thursday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. For more information contact Zehender Robinson Stomer Cookson Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Oak Lawn Illinois Public Library or to Blessing Foundation for Hospice.