Henry Graczyk, Sr.
Age 80 of Coal City and formerly of Chicago, passed away Saturday, December 29, 2018 at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.
Born February 10, 1938 in Chicago, Henry was a son of Henry and Stephanie (Kina) Graczyk. He was raised and educated in the Back of the Yards Neighborhood, and went on to honorably serve in the United States Navy from 1957-1961. Hank worked as a truck driver in the Chicagoland area his entire life until his retirement. He was a member of the Stragglers Car Club, and in addition to enjoying cars, especially his Jaguar, Hank took pleasure in painting on various mediums, building models and working puzzles. He loved a good flea market and was a lover of all animals. Nothing was more dear to Hank’s heart however than his family and grandchildren. He was a devoted grandfather, and cherished the time spent creating memories with each of his grandkids.
Survivors include his children: Leona Mason of Tampa, Florida, Deb Macek (Bill Luedke) of Goose Lake, Mark Mason of Tampa, Deni (Todd) Bavone of Coal City, Henry Graczyk, Jr. (Stephanie Green) of Springfield, Missouri and Michelle Graczyk (Joe Lohnstein) of Goose Lake; grandchildren: Johnny Johnston, Brittany Mason, Amber Brown, Ashley Macek, Andrea Bavone, Dylan Lohnstein and Tyler Lohnstein; and his lifelong best friend, Richard “Cheech” Panek of Summit, Illinois.
Hank was preceded in death by his parents, as well as his wife Carol Graczyk (2009).
The family will receive friends for a visitation on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at Reeves Funeral Home, 75 North Broadway (one block north of Illinois Route 113) in Coal City. Funeral services will follow on Thursday morning, January 3, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in the funeral home.
Burial will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery in Morris, where Henry will be laid to rest with his late wife Carol. Pallbearers will be: Henry Graczyk, Jr., Earl Crossland, Joe Lohnstein, Dylan Lohnstein, Bill Luedke, and Rich Panek.
Family and friends may sign the guest book, upload photographs or share Hank’s memorial page online through social media by logging onto: www.ReevesFuneral.com/notices/Henry-GraczykSr
Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. in Coal City. (815-634-2125)