Harley Jack Hitchcock

Friday, September 14, 2012

Harley Jack Hitchcock, 85, passed away Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion in Sandwich, Ill. He was born April 8, 1927, and raised in Arkansas the son of John Riley and Louchester Hitchcock. Harley married Ina Hawkins at a furniture store in Marked Tree, Ark., on Dec. 7, 1946. He proudly served in the United Sates Marine Corp. In 1964 Harley lost his job at the Singer Sewing Machine company in Truman, Ark., for trying to organize a union. He retired from Caterpillar Tractor Company in Montgomery, Ill., in 1992. Harley was a dedicated union member of Local 145 UAW. While living in Arkansas he played guitar and sang with a traveling group in various churches and was on KTMN radio.

He is survived by his four children, James Harley (Cecilia) Hitchcock of Sandwich, Ill., Pat (Tim) Curtis of Bull Shoals, Ark., Tabby (Doug "Mort") Morphey of Sandwich, Ill., and Brenda (Dave) Reimann of Sandwich, Ill.; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; one brother, Earl Hitchcock of Arkansas; several nieces and nephews; his caregiver, Tiny Hayes.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ina; his grandchildren, Tammy Hitchcock, Tracy Hitchcock, Ricky Joe McDonald and Michael Reimann; one great-grandson, Michael Krejci; three sisters, Clorine Lyerly, Juanita Tibbs and Margret Sullins; five brothers, George, Elmer, Nigel, Berry and Marvin Hitchcock.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Turner-Eighner Funeral Home in Somonauk, Ill., with Pastor Ivan Truman officiating. Burial followed at Johnson Grove Cemetery Waterman, Ill.

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