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John R. Lerfald, Jr.

Published: Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

DIAMOND — John R. Lerfald, Jr., 54, of Diamond, Ill., passed away Saturday evening Oct. 12, 2013, at Morris Hospital.

Born June 6, 1959, in Joliet, John is a son of Dorothy C. Lerfald of Braidwood and the late John Robert Lerfald, Sr. He was raised and educated in Braidwood and on June 6, 1977, John married Marilynn J. Luce in Grace Lutheran Church in Wilmington.

John was a great John Wayne enthusiast and enjoyed fishing, listening to music and watching the stars. He will be remembered for his great enjoyment of spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Marilynn; children, Angela (Dan) Bailey of Braidwood, and Tammy (John) Fiedler and Janet Lerfald (the late Tony Jurzack), both of Coal City; seven grandchildren, Tyler, Brenden, Bryann, Salena, Joseph, Austin and Leanna; his mother, Dorothy Lerfald of Braidwood; brother, Jack (Laura) Lerfald of Boca Raton, Fla.; sister Janet (Denson) Jones of Oklahoma City, Okla.; one aunt, Bertha Marcil; two uncles: Harold and Lawrence Lerfald; and numerous nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his father; daughter, Melisa Ann Lerfald; brother, Robert Lerfald; niece, Hope Lerfald; and uncle, Karl Boehm.

Visitation will be Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, from 1 p.m. until time of Life Celebration at 4 p.m. at Reeves Funeral Home, 75 N. Broadway (one block north of Illinois Route 113) in Coal City. Cremation rites will be accorded following the services.

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in John's memory to his family for their distribution.

Friends may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences to the family by visiting www.ReevesFuneral.com

Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. in Coal City; 815-634-2125.

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