Charles F. Lanfear, 90, of rural Vienna, and formerly of Minooka, died Monday, July 9, 2012, at 12:05 p.m. at his home near Vienna.
Charles was born on March 3, 1922, in Lockport, the son of Albert Charles Lanfear and Gertrude Josephine Czichon Lanfear.
Charles married Wanda M. Brunschon on Sept. 10, 1971, in Joliet. She survives.
Charles was the proud father and grandfather of, the late Charles W. “Chuck” Lanfear and Alma Lanfear of Lake of Egypt and children, Suzi Lanfear Barker, Charley Lanfear, Jodi Lanfear Duhon, Neil Bundren and Mona Bundren Schwartz, Mary Scarborough of Vienna and children, Kim Scarborough Johnson, Jennifer Scarborough Coxwell and Leslie Scarborough, Phyllis Loos and her husband Dennis of Lake Stevens, Wash., and children, Derek Loos and Garrison Loos, Colleen Bogart and her husband Brian of Minooka and children, Adam Bogart and Matthew Bogart, Renee DeGrush and her husband Corey of Morris and children, Zachary DeGrush and Cody DeGrush, Tom Lanfear and his wife Julie of Crest Hill and children, Mandi Lanfear, Christina Lanfear and Brian Lanfear; 26 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and was anticipating the birth of a great-great-grandchild in February 2013; a brother-in-law, Bob Koch of Joliet; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.
In addition to his parents and son, Charles was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Anastasia Sichling; two brothers, William “Bill” Lanfear and Robert “Bob” Lanfear; and two sisters, Gertrude Pasternak and Rosemary Koch.
Charles was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving from 1943-1945 in the European Theater of Operation, serving under General George Patton.
He was discharged with the rank of technical sergeant.
Charles was a life member of the American Legion Post in Minooka and the New Lenox VFW Post. Charles enjoyed attending annual reunions with his Army buddies and reminiscing with them of their shared war time experiences.
Charles had worked as a supervisor in a number of manufacturing plants in the Joliet area. He owned and operated Lanfear Heating and Cooling in Minooka from 1971 to 1998. Charles was a skilled “jack of all trades.”He excelled in the field of heating, cooling, electrical, plumbing and mechanical work, installation and service.
Charles was a parishioner of St. Paul Catholic Church in Vienna where he had also served on the building committee. Formerly, Charles was a parishioner of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Minooka and St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Channahon where he had also served on the building committee.
Charles was an active and vibrant person. He had a zest and love for life. Charles enjoyed woodworking, dancing, roller skating and many types of watersports, including boating and water skiing. He is fondly remembered for his annual indoor Christmas displays which consisted of a three-tiered arrangement with over 130 buildings and three train sets. Charles was a devoted family man and loved spending time with his family and friends.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Thursday morning, July 12, at 10 a.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church in Vienna. Father Tom Barrett will be the celebrant.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna. A military flag presentation service will be conducted at 8 p.m.
A graveside service will be held Saturday morning at 11 a.m. at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Joliet. Military graveside rites will be accorded.
Visitation will be held Friday evening, July 13, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Fred C. Dames Funeral Home in Joliet.
Memorials can be made to the Heather Harper Treat Memorial Fund, PO Box 98, Vienna, Ill. 62995; American Cancer Society, 4503 W. DeYoung St., Suite 200C, Marion, Ill. 62959 or to Lourdes Hospice, PO Box 7100, Paducah, Ky. 42002.
To share a memory of Charles or to leave an online message of condolence for the family, please visitwww.baileyfh.com.
Fred C. Dames Funeral Home in Joliet and Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna is in charge of arrangements.