Zion-Benton News


Bradley Jack Akins, Sr.

Bradley Jack Akins Sr., 66, of Zion, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, at Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan.

Bradley was born Dec. 9, 1947, in Ft. Atkinson, Wis. He was formerly employed as a machinist at Johnson Motors from 1968 to 1986. He was an avid fisherman who loved to be on the water.

Survivors include his children, Lisa (Michael Thorn) Akins of Waukegan, Joshua C.G. (Sarah) Grubbs of Grayslake, and Bradley (Stephanie) Akins Jr. of Jacksonville, Ill., grandchildren, Heather (Harry) Alden, Christopher Thorn, Michael Thorn Jr., Nathan Akins, Christina Akins, Ashley Huddleston, Cory Akins, Cody Akins, Charles Grubbs and Cheyenne Grubbs; many great-grandchildren; sisters Patricia (Chick) Johnston of Kenosha, Wis. and Pamela Nottingham of Zion; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father, Jack Akins, mother, Fern Akins (nee Johnson); and brothers, Dennis and Gary Akins.

The Rev. Gary Waters of United Protestant Church of Grayslake officiated at a Memorial Service held Sept. 10 at Congdon Funeral Home, Zion. Memorial donations to the United Protestant Church of Grayslake are suggested.

Please sign the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com.

Robert P. ‘Bob’ Neal

Robert P. “Bob” Neal, LCDR (ret.) U.S. Navy Reserve, 75, died at home, surrounded by his family on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014.

Bob was born May 18, 1939 in North Chicago to Leo and Frances (Clarke) Neal and was a life-long resident of Wadsworth and member of St. Patrick’s Parish. He started Able Electronics in his basement and operated in Waukegan for over 25 years. Bob served in the U.S. Navy active duty from 1957 until 1961 and retired from the Navy Reserves in 1999. He continued his service to country serving with the Lake County Council of the Navy League where he served as President.

Bob’s life long commitment to the community started at a young age with the Boy Scouts becoming the first Eagle Scout in St. Patrick’s Troop 75. Over the years Bob served as President and State Vice-President of the Waukegan Jaycees, founded the Gurnee Jaycees, was a member of the Zion-Benton Moose Club, the Knights of Columbus, Waukegan Masonic Lodge 78, Lake County Shrine Club, a Charter member of the Little Fort Lions Club, and Charter member and President of Wadsworth Lions Club where he received the Melvin Jones award in 1996.

He served as a Newport Township Volunteer Fireman, Newport Township Civic Assoc Board Member and President, United Way of Lake County Campaign Chairman & President, founding member of the Coalition for Healthy Communities, President of the Waukegan Exchange Club, and President of the Newport Historical Society.

Bob served as trustee for the Village of Wadsworth, Newport Township Supervisor, and Republican Precinct Committeeman. He also served on the Lake County Board from 1982-1994, Chairman of the Lake County Republican Central Committee for eight years, and was appointed director of the Illinois State Tollway Authority by Governors James Thompson and Jim Edgar, serving for 10 years. In addition, he worked for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Wetlands Research, Inc. As president of Wetlands Research he led the development of the Wetlands demonstration project located in Wadsworth and Gurnee and was honored with the naming of Neal Marsh.

He was an avid White Sox and Bears fan and enjoyed playing golf, especially with his friends in Sun City, Ariz. and on the Pickwick Golf League at Willow Glen Golf Course.

Bob will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 53 years, Pat (Geissler); devoted children: Lori Neal, Clyo, Ga.; Cheri Neal, Zion; Cathy (Rodney) Karlstrand, Wadsworth; Rob Neal, Jr., Gwinn, Mich..; Joe Neal, Wadsworth (U.S. Navy Lt., currently serving in Afghanistan); adoring grandchildren: Billy Ditzig, Salt Lake City, Utah; Britney Ditzig, Starkville, Miss.; Michelle Swanson, Kenosha, Wis.; Riley Karlstrand, Wadsworth; Melissa Neal, Marquette, Mich.; Rachel Depuydt, Houghton, Mich.; siblings: Bill Neal, Kenosha, Wis.; Betty (Bill) Hoffmeier, Beach Park; Jim (Janet) Neal, Waukegan; Dorothy Desmond (Kevin Scott), Gurnee; Rick (Deb) Neal, Wadsworth; sister-in-law: Martha Neal, Denville, N.J.; many loving nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Bob was predeceased by his daughter, Michelle Patrice “Miki”; parents, Leo and Frances Neal; and brother, Clarke Neal.

A remembrance service was held at Immanuel Church, Gurnee, Sept. 9 a funeral Mass was held at St. Patrick’s Church, Wadsworth, Sept. 10. Burial with full military honors was at Ascension Cemetery, Libertyville.

In lieu of flowers, you can honor Bob by making donations to Misericordia at misericordia.com/donations/donate or the Navy League at lakecountynlus.org or to your own personal cause to help your community.

Please sign the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com

Coy H. Hicks

Coy H. Hicks, 59, died suddenly Saturday, Aug.30, 2014 in Denver Colo.

Previously of Winthrop Harbor, he worked for Abbott Labs in North Chicago for 39 years. He graduated from Waukegan High School in 1973.

An avid Chicago Blackhawks’ fan, he also played the game and was a youth coach for the Zion Atoms Hockey Club. He took great pride in watching his two sons play hockey throughout their youth. He enjoyed collecting antique toy guns and loved his Harley Davidson and loved to ride.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Lucille Hicks, and his son, Derek A. Hicks.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy Hicks of Winthrop Harbor, his son Matthew C.
(Kathryn) Hicks, and grandson Cole of Las Vegas, Nev., his father Hurshel Hicks of Watkins, Colo. and brother Thomas (Jocelyn) Hicks of Watkins, Colo., sister Charlotte (Henry) Roth of Greenwood Village, Colo., also nieces and a nephew.

Private services were held in Denver, Colo.

Jack Ross Walton

Jack Ross Walton, 65, of Indian Hills, Colo., formerly of Winthrop Harbor, Ill., died suddenly on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014.

Jack was born Aug. 31, 1949, in Kenosha, Wis. Friend and confident to many, he was an amazing man who embraced family, loved adventure, and lived life to the fullest. Jack had a passion for racing, as a lifelong member of the American Motorcycle Association (AMA), his love of motocross kept him competing most of his life. He was a true pioneer in the excavating industry, flourishing as much in business as in his personal life. Our hearts ache today, but his memory will forever make us smile.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Margaret (nee, Cairns), loving children, Jesse (Melissa) Walton and Joseph Walton; adoring Pa to Hannah, Jackson, and Hayden Walton; mother, Jean "MeMe" Walton; sisters, Lynda (Ron Nickelsen) Guynn and Judy (Tom) Buchta; brother, Jim Walton; brother-in-law, Bill (Sue) Cairns, sisters-in-law, Deb (Ken) Richardt and Pam (Kent) Peterson; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Howard Ross Walton; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Stuart and Ethel Cairns.

Visitation will be Saturday, Sept. 13, from 2-4p.m. at Congdon Funeral Home, 3012 Sheridan Rd., Zion., with a funeral service at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to the Jack Walton Motocross Scholarship Fund, c/o Margi Walton, P.O. Box 716 Indian Hills, CO 80454. Please sign the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com.

Robert W. ‘Bob’ Hanna

Robert W. ‘Bob’ Hanna, 76, of Winthrop Harbor, formerly of Waukegan, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 at home, surrounded by friends and family.

Bob was born Oct. 27, 1937 in Waukegan and married Faith Kline July 27, 1957 in Waukegan. He was an active and faithful member of Wesley Church in Waukegan. Bob was a retired plumber with Local #93 and also served as a plumbing inspector for the villages of Beach Park and Winthrop Harbor. He was a wonderful, loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be sorely missed by all.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Faith Hanna; children, Louise (Kevin) Stolarik of Lake Villa, David (JoAnn) Hanna of Grayslake and Arick (Elizabeth) Hanna of Kenosha, Wis.; grandchildren, Matt, Jared, Kristy, Katie, Tyler, Arick, Brittany, Kennedy and Bobby; four step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brothers, Richard (Betty) Hanna of Florida and Thomas (Ann) Hanna of Winthrop Harbor; daughter-in-law, Dawn Hanna of Zion and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son, Lewis Hanna; brothers, Bud and Jim Hanna; and parents Harold and Katherine Hanna.

Funeral services were held Sept. 8 at Wesley Church followed by private cremation. Memorial donations to Wesley Church, 3601 N. Lewis Ave., Waukegan, have been suggested.

Please visit the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com.