John M. Franey, 75, Chatsworth, died at 10:15 pm Sunday, April 14, 2013 at Evenglow Lodge, Pontiac.A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30am Thursday, April 18, 2013 at St. Peter and St. Paul Catholic Church, Chatsworth with Fr. B.K. Tran and Fr. Carl LoPresti officiating. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, Chatsworth where full military rites will be conducted by the Walter Clemons American Legion post #613.
Visitation will be 4:00 to 8:00 pm Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at St. Peter and St. Paul Catholic Church, Chatsworth with a rosary to be recited at 3:30 pm. Visitation will also be held from 9:30 to 10:15 am Thursday at the church. Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury is assisting with arrangements. The family suggests memorial offerings be directed to SELCAS or St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery fund. Mr. Franey was born June 20, 1937 in Fairbury, IL the son of John Thomas and Maybelle Marr Franey. He married Teresa E. Hahn on June 11, 1960 at the St. John’s Catholic Church, Cullom. She survives.
Also surviving are three daughters; Patty (Lenny) Haberkorn; Joni (Bob) Huisman, both of Chatsworth; Terri (Troy) Rieger, Forrest; one son; Tom (Stephanie) Franey, Rantoul; twelve grandchildren; Chris, Kaleigh (fiance’, Scott) and Keeley Haberkorn; Elizabeth, John Thomas, and Mary Beth Franey; Thomas, Matthew and Lucas Huisman; Tristin, Tiffani and Clayton Rieger; four sisters; Joanne VanAntwerp, Pittsfield; Joyce Cryer, Bloomington; Barbara (Wayne) Klasing, Kerrville, TX; Rosemary (Bob) Campbell, Glasford; two brothers; William Franey, Piper City; James (Jean) Franey, Concordia, KS.
He is preceded in death by three brothers in law; Joe VanAntwerp, Paul Hahn, Don Hahn and one sister in law; Jane Franey.
Mr. Franey was a 1955 graduate of Chatsworth High School and a lifetime farmer in southeast Livingston County. He served in the United States Air Force (1960-1964), and was a member of the Walter Clemons American Legion post #613, Chatsworth. He had been an auxiliary deputy sheriff in Livingston County. He was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus; served on the Livingston County board for ten years; Chatsworth school board; worked as an EMT for SELCAS and served on its board of directors and was a volunteer fireman with the Chatsworth Fire Department.