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George Pillion Jr.

PRINCETON — George J. Pillion Jr., 85, of Princeton, formerly of Chicago and Lake Thunderbird, Putnam, died at 11:50 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, at his residence.

George was born April 12, 1928, in Oak Park to George J. and Loretta (Moore) Pillion Jr. He married Geraldine Braschko, in 1952. She preceded him in death in 1975. He later married Jean Joy Webster on July 1, 1977, in Naperville. She survives in Princeton.

George served his country in the National Guard. He had worked for 38 years as an installation foreman for Illinois Bell Telephone, retiring in 1985.

He was a member of the “The German Group,” 65 years in the I.B.E.W., Local 134, the Lake Thunderbird Men’s Club and the “telephone over the hill gang.”

George loved fishing, boating and being on the lake. He adored his dogs. He will be remembered for playing Santa Claus for many years to his family and for being very socially active and being the life of the party.

Also surviving are his children, John Pillion of Rock Falls, George (Laura) Pillion III of Carol Stream, Linda (Daniel) La Jeunesse of Elburn, Charles (Kathleen) Webster of Belvidere and Neal (Sue) Webster of Princeton; one sister, Mary Claps of Huntley; his 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, James and Joseph Pillion; one sister, Eleanor, and her husband, Patrick La Jeunesse; and a brother-in-law, Vincent Claps.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 401 South St. Henry. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 1 p.m. with Father Tom Mizeur officiating. Burial will take place at Claredon Hills Cemetery at 11 a.m. Oct. 26.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Church, the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation or to the American Diabetes Association.

The Calvert & Johnson Memorial Home, Henry, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com.

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