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John J. Horeled

November 1, 1951 ~ May 3, 2018 (age 66)

John J. Horeled, 66, of Crystal Lake and a lifelong resident of McHenry County, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, May 3, 2018.  He was born in Harvard on November 1, 1951 to Joseph and Helen (nee Keeley) Horeled.

John graduated from Marion Central High School in 1969.   He went on to graduate from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in economics in 1973. John then graduated from Valparaiso University School of Law in 1976.  John practiced law in McHenry County for over 42 years.  He was involved in the Illinois State Bar Association for 40 years and was also involved in several section councils and task forces.

John married Heather McLeod on June 11, 1977 and enjoyed over 40 years together.  He was a traditionalist, who believed that life renews itself through church attendance, community service, college football and every spring on “opening day.” Go White Sox!   He enjoyed his family and was a devoted father coaching 17 years of soccer, attending numerous artistic performances and far too many track and cross country meets to count.

He will be fondly remembered by his wife, Heather; children, Matthew (Anna) of Ashland, KY, Julia (Kevin) Mick of Woodstock, and Joshua (fiancé, Karalyn) of Springfield; grandchildren, Elijah, Isaac, Torunn, and Nathan; and his many cousins.

John was a former director of the Hebron State Bank and Illinois Guardianship Association and was a former vestry member and senior warden of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Crystal Lake.   John was also a past president of the Notre Dame Club of McHenry County, the YMCA of McHenry County, the Crystal Lake Kiwanis, and was the founding president of The McHenry County Community Foundation. He was also a proud member of The Union League Club of Chicago and the Bohemian Lawyers Association of Chicago.

Above all John’s accomplishments, his biggest pride and joy came from the four grandchildren that called him, Papa. 

Visitation will be Monday, May 7, from 4 pm until 8 pm at Davenport Family Funeral and Crematory, 419 E. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake.  A funeral liturgy will be at 10 am, Tuesday, May 8, at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 210 McHenry Ave., Crystal Lake 60014.  Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Harvard. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to: The McHenry County Community Foundation, 620 Dakota St., Crystal Lake, IL 60012 or to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (see address above). 


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