Joe De Waard

D W I G H T – Joe De Waard, 79, of Dwight passed away at 3:28 a.m., Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington. Joe was born in Chicago November 6, 1936, a son of Joseph Sr. and Effie Pott De Waard. He married Barbara Switzer November 23, 1985 on Long Island, New York. She survives. Also surviving are three daughters:  Bridget (Aaron Smith) of Marseilles; Elizabeth (Patrick Louden) of Mishawaka, Indiana; Dawn (John) Ireland of Glenwood, Illinois; and one son, Ken (Kate) De Waard of Viroqua, Wisconsin. He is also survived by grandchildren: Melissa and Sara Ireland; and Ross, Miae, Westen and Tyson De Waard; a great-grandson, Dominic; and three sisters: Marie (Daryll) Guthrie, Pat Santeford, and Donna (Ted) Saternus, all of Fort Myers, Florida. His parents and one sister, Shirley Schwartzkopf, preceded him in death. Joe retired from RR Donnelley after 52 years and was a member of the Broken Arrow Retirement Club. He loved to play the organ and piano for church services for many years; he was an avid golfer and fisherman, and had an interest in Indian artifacts. He enjoyed hiking outdoors at Starved Rock State Park with his family. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Rev. Chris Haake at 10 a.m., Monday, July 4, in St. Patrick Catholic Church, Dwight. Burial followed in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Dwight. A Vigil Prayer Service was at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, with visitation until 6 p.m. at Hager Memorial Home, Dwight. Memorials in his name may be left to St. Patrick Catholic Church. His guestbook may be signed at Hager Memorial Home, Dwight, was in charge of arrangements.