George J. Rodenkirch, age 86, of McHenry, died Friday, December 26, 2014, at JourneyCare in Woodstock surrounded by his loving family.
He was born July 5, 1928 in Chicago to Hilary M. and Anna (Steilen) Rodenkirch.
Formerly of Chicago, George was a 1946 graduate of St. Rita High School. He summered in the McHenry area until moving with his family to McHenry as a year-round resident in 1946. He built his house on Green Street in 1954, when Green Street was still a gravel road.
Prior to retirement, George was employed in auto sales by Al Blake Motors, Fury Motors, Buss Ford, Overton Cadillac, and finished his career at the age of 84 with Reichert Chevrolet and Pontiac.
George’s hobbies were golfing, bowling, and fishing. Throughout the years, his many friends and neighbors knew him as ‘Whitey’.
For 38 years, George enjoyed being a volunteer fireman with the McHenry Township Fire Protection District. He also was a member of St. Mary’s Church in McHenry, the Catholic Order of Foresters #594, and Moose Lodge #691.
Survivors include his wife, Helen; three children, Robert J. Rodenkirch of Elkhart, WI, Mary (George) Haines of McHenry, and Jean (Matt) Rogers of McHenry; four grandchildren, Eric (Kaye Garrison) Haines, Rebecca (Lee Sikorski) Haines, Judy (Cody Bruecker) Rogers, Johnathon (Ciara Harris) Rogers; and four great-grandchildren, Regan, David, Revis, and Lacey. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Ann Rodenkirch-Grabski.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Hilary Rodenkirch; a sister, Adelaide Fitzgerald; and an uncle, George “Dots” Steilen.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday, December 29, 2014, at Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, 3700 W. Charles J. Miller Road, McHenry, IL 60050.
The funeral Mass will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1401 N. Richmond Road, McHenry, IL 60050.
Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, McHenry.
For those wishing to send an expression of condolence, his family suggests memorials to Mooseheart Charities.
For information, please call the funeral home at 815-385-2400, or visit www.justenfh.com, where friends may leave an on-line condolence message for his family.