James L. Mentzer, age 73, of McHenry, died Monday, May 23, 2011 at South Elgin Rehab & HCC. .
He was born September, 22, 1937 in Highland Park to Louis and Anna (Adams) Mentzer and raised in the Ravenswood area on the north side of Chicago. He was very involved with the McHenry area CrimeStoppers for fourteen years. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for nine of the fourteen years and served as Publicity Chairman for the entire fourteen years writing weekly CrimeStopper stories for the various newspapers.
James was a member of the First United Methodist Church in McHenry for 29 years. He was a former member of the Sheet Metal Workers Union 73 and Teamsters Union 710 and 705. He was also an active member of the Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society for 39 years.
He honorable served in the U.S. Army with the 66th Military Police Company. He proudly served in law enforcement for a total of 22 years with a Federal Agency, a City Police Department and the Sheriffs Department.
Survivors include two children, Joanna (Steven Pilant) Clay of Winnie, Texas and Heather (Mark Lantz) Mentzer of Lake Villa; grandchildren, Brooklynn Nicolle Clay, Breanna Marie Clay and Braxton Lantz.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, at Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, 3700 W. Charles J. Miller Road, McHenry, IL 60050.
The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 27, at First United Methodist Church, 3717 W. Main Street, McHenry, IL 60050.
Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Skokie, IL.
For those wishing to send an expression of condolence, the family suggests memorials to First United Methodist Church.
You may send the family an online condolence at www.justenfh.com , or call 815-385-2400 for information.