John W. Yerkes, Jr.

Died: Mon., Feb. 8, 2016


3:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Fri., Feb. 12, 2016
Location: Kosary Funeral Home

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Sat., Feb. 13, 2016
Location: St. Bernadette Church

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John W.  “ Jack” Yerkes, Jr., Feb. 8, 2016. Age 91. Devoted husband of 66 years to Eloise Yerkes, nee Kaufmann. Loving father of Susan(Don) Sandofsky, Michael(Mary) Yerkes, Mary Yerkes(Denice Brandt), Sally Yerkes, JoAnn(Brian) Jordan, and Jill(David) Schweitzer. Cherished grandfather of 17 and great grandfather of 4. Beloved brother of Joanne(late Rich) Baumann, late Chuck(late Margaret) Yerkes, Dave(late Joan) Yerkes, late Ed(late Fran) Yerkes, late Fritz(Judy) Yerkes, late Joe(Toni) Yerkes, late Maxine Yerkes, Ben(late Connie) Yerkes, Mary Lou Yerkes, Alicia(late Bob) Distel,and Anna(Bill) Sokolowski. Fond uncle of many nieces, nephews, cousins, and a friend and benefactor of many. Preceeded in death by his parents, Joanna, nee Zakes and John W. Yerkes, Sr. Funeral services Saturday 9:15 A.M. at the Kosary Funeral Home, 9837 S. Kedzie Ave., Evergreen Park, Il. 60805 to St. Bernadette Church for Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 A.M. Interment St. Casimir Lithuanian Cemetery. Jack was a W.W. II veteran of the Navy SeaBees, a honored 70 year member of Don Varnas American Legion Post #986, a Fourth Degree Member of the Knight s of Columbus Cardinal Mundelein Chapter # 3024, and a retired Master Plumber for the City of Chicago. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Offerings in Jack’s name may be made to Nativity B.V.M. Church or St. Bernadette Church and will be deeply appreciated. Visitation Friday 3:00 to 9:00 P.M. 708-499-3223 or

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Michael Yerkes
   Posted Wed February 10, 2016
The best way to describe my dad - He prayed. He sacrificed. He loved. God, family, and country were his highest priorities. He had a special fondness for his Polish and Lithuanian ancestry and a deep and abiding affection for Nativity B. V. M. Parish and the Sisters of Saint Casimir.

Carol Flowers-Yonan and Family
   Posted Wed February 10, 2016
Uncle Jack will always be in our hearts. I loved how he would make time to talk with all of us and share his stories. (Ok I have to be honest, some of the time his stories might go on for a little longer than I expected, but the love in his heart was completely endearing and honest.) Uncle Jack, and all of the Yerkes brothers and sisters knew the meaning of sacrifice. Humble, never bragging about what they have done or been through. We're honored to have known Uncle Jack and will keep him in our prayers. "These men and women fought not for fame and recognition, but because it was the right thing to do. They were loyal, patriotic, and level-headed. They were our Greatest Generation."-Tom Brokaw.
Our Sincere Condolences,
The Yonan Family, Carol, Nick, Lauren and Blake

Mary and Jack Goldman
   Posted Wed February 10, 2016
Our condolences to the family, our brother and friend, a fine man and will be greatly missed.

John Flowers
   Posted Wed February 10, 2016

SENTIMENTAL THOUGHTS was sent by The Flowers Family.

God Bless You Uncle Jack. You will forever be our favorite patriot. Love, Mary Lou and the Flowers Family

Janet Garcia aka Bauman
   Posted Thu February 11, 2016
The memories of Uncle Jack are how dedicated he was to helping people who are less fortunate. I am so happy that I was able to see him last year when I was in town. My prayers and thoughts for Aunt Eloise God Bless her and watch over the family during this time.

Jill Schweitzer
   Posted Thu February 11, 2016
My dad had strong faith. He was a man of his word. He stood for what he believed in. He was determined, generous,strong willed, creative, succesful, independent, a fighter, warm hearted, and loved God. He taught us the importance of family and loved our country. He will never be forgotten

Mary Yerkes
   Posted Thu February 11, 2016

I will miss my father-in-law Jack very much. He had such a kind heart and was a generous and caring person to his family and others. He had a Memorial Mass said every year to remember his parents who started the plumbing business which continues on today. He supported the Church and Sisters of St. Casimir always buying tickets for raffles and benefit dinners. He loved his Lithuanian heritage and when my kids had to talk about Lithuanian Christmas traditions, he paid a woman to make many different straw ornaments that we still have and put on our tree every year. He loved a party and good food. I enjoyed seeing his eyes light up when he came to Thanksgiving dinner at our house. He had a sense of humor and loved little tricks. He told my son when he was little to hit the maple tree with the croquet mallet and maple syrup would come out. My son hit the tree to no avail. Jack hid money in the lawn on Easter and the kids had to rake it out to get their silver dollars. There was money under the plates at holidays and if you were lucky, you would get the big bill. At Christmas you had to search through books that Jack got at the Goodwill store that were personally selected for each grandchild to find your money. They would often wonder what was he thinking when he chose the book for them. He always played a poker hand with the serial number on the bills he handed out. And who could forget the famous $2 bills in the cards at Valentines from Grandma and Grandpa. Jack didn’t mind paying his grandchildren a little something for helping him out around the house, but first he taught each of them how to make chicken soup, his favorite staple all year round. And who could forget his other favorite, chili! Jack was also the most patriotic man I knew. If you didn’t have a flag for your house or car, Jack had many. He always held the values God, Family, and Country close to his heart. This last year Jack was a saint in the way he cared for his wife with her failing health. We will all miss him greatly and pray for him. I know he will pray for us as family meant everything to him. He was a good man and I was honored to get to know him even better this past year when I spent more time at the house. –Mary Yerkes (daughter-in-law)
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Patrick Yerkes
   Posted Thu February 11, 2016
Grandpa Jack, was a good man. He believed in the value of hard work, as a character trait and a way to earn what you got in life. He was never wasteful, yet quick to share. He gave money generously and my personal favorite, semi-expired, groceries to many. He let us grandchildren work for him for wages way beyond our actual worth, but we quickly learned we better work hard and do it right. He was a good man who really loved to laugh, tell jokes, see his grandchildren do well, and give. In his final years, I was inspired by his strong will to not be limited by age but continue living his everyday life and his sense of immense inner peace. As a slightly mellowed grandpa he was not as loud, but happily welcomed us to make ourselves at home and enjoy our presence.

The Plonski Family
   Posted Fri February 12, 2016
Please accept our condolences.
Jack was a jovial man who enjoyed life.

Adam Plonski and Family

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