Joseph H. Pachnik, of Aurora, Ill. passed away on Tuesday, September 25, 2012. Joe was born September 13, 1926 in Ojibwe, Wis. to Stanley and Anna (Gwozdz) Pachnik. He spent his early youth in Radisson, Wis. and graduated high school from Winter, Wis. He served one tour of duty in the U.S. Navy in WWII, with action in both the European and Pacific theaters of war. He also served a tour of duty with the Seabees (U.S. Navy) during the Korean conflict.
He was a graduate from the Aeronautical University in Chicago with a BS in Aeronautical Engineering.
He was a (KC) Kentucky Colonel.
He spent forty years in the field of transportation. Fourteen years with several trucking companies, ten years as Traffic Manager with U.S. Steel Supply, and sixteen years with Abbott Laboratories as Corporate Traffic and Fleet Manager, and Manager of Sales & Marketing for CMM Transportation (A wholly owned subsidiary of Abbott Laboratories)
He married Teddy J. Clark on June 18,1966 in Chicago, Ill. They resided in the Chicago area until his retirement in 1989 and moved to Hot Springs Village in 1991. They returned to Aurora, Ill. in 2012.
Joe was an avid golfer, a volunteer with the St. Joseph Senior Network and a volunteer with the Hot Springs Forest Service Ranger station. Also a member of the VFW and a member of Christ of the Hills United Methodist Church. He was an active Mason since 1963 and a member of Whittington Lodge #365 in Hot Springs. He was a member of Hot Springs Village Shrine Club, a 32nd degree member of the Scottish Rite, and a Shriner with the Sahara Shriner Temple.
Joe is survived by his wife Teddy, a daughter Elaine Pachnik of Ind., a son Gregory Pachnik of Wis., and a stepdaughter Lynn (Tim) Biernat of Ill. Four grand children; Carl (Cathy) Davis, Janel Davis, Terry (Melissa) Biernat, and Robin Biernat all of Ill. Also great-granddaughters, Hannah Catherine Davis and Markayla Biernat; four great-grandsons, Shawn Davis, Josh, Ayden and Jacob Biernat; a brother Chester (Martha) Pachnik of Minn.; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, five sisters Josephine Pesice, Olga Lucich, Sophie Pachnik, Rose Pachnik, and Helen Helland and four brothers Stanley, Edward, Ben, and Frank Pachnik.
Per Joe’s request there will be no visitation or funeral service. Cremation was accorded his wishes.
Arrangements were entrusted to DUNN FAMILY FUNERAL HOME with CREMATORY, 1801 S. Douglas Rd., Oswego, IL. For information 630/554-8484.