Jerome J. Buch, age 90, of McHenry, died Monday, February 21, 2011, at the Fountains of Crystal Lake.
He was born January 19, 1921 in McHenry to Henry Ernest and Mary A. (Freund) Buch. On July 14, 1943 he married Ethel Kunz at St. Rose Catholic Church in Santa Rosa, California.
He was one of the first families of the Church of Holy Apostles in McHenry.
A lifelong resident of McHenry, Jerome worked for his father at H.E. Buch & Sons until his fathers death, then took over the business until he retired in 1982.
He served in the armed forces from 1942 until 1946.
As a 40 year perfect attendance Rotarian, he received the first community service award. He was also a charter member of the Rotary as well as The Clubs 1st “Paul Harris Fellow”, and President in 1962. He was instrumental in establishing The Rotary Ham Dinner, where he designed and built the custom grills. He was also active in Rotary International Recreational Fellowship, The American Legion Post 491, Moose Lodge 691, PTA, AFS, and the Illinois Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Association. He was a volunteer Fireman for 25 years with the McHenry Township Fire Protection District. Also, Jerome was lead man on the water fight team which the McHenry Fire Department was champion throughout the county.
He enjoyed camping, gardening and spending time at the cabin in Northern Wisconsin.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Ethel; two sons, Jerome (Donna Jean) Buch Jr. of Henderson, NV., Denis (Michele) Buch of McHenry; grandchildren, George, John, Janine, Amy, Jason, Jona, Abigael and Bria; great grandchildren, Colton, Tanner, Mason, Robert, Rose, Anna, Mirandah, Jacob and Derek.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son. David Lee Buch on September 30, 2008; brothers, Elbert. and Henry Buch; and two sisters, Kathryn Lohr and Helen Buch.
Visitation will be from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, February 25, 2011 at Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, 3700 W. Charles J. Miller Road, McHenry, IL 60050.
The visitation will resume at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 26, until the 11:00 a.m. Mass celebrated at The Church of Holy Apostles, 5211 W. Bull Valley Road, McHenry, Il 60050.
Interment will be in The Church of Holy Apostles Cemetery, McHenry.
Friends may send an on-line condolence to the family at www.justenfh.com. For information call the funeral home at 815-385-2400.