Crystal Lake - Richard S. Partyka, 91, died Friday, February 1, 2013, at Centegra Northern Illinois Medical Center.
Rich was born November 8, 1921 in Chicago, the son of Frank and Agnes Partyka. He served in the United States Army during World War II. Stationed in Hawaii, he worked to intercept and identify foreign radio codes. Rich married his beloved wife, Rose Marie Warick, on June 28, 1947.
He retired as a Stationary Operating Engineer at People's Gas in Chicago and lived his 25 retired years in Crystal Lake. He was an active member of St. Thomas Catholic Church, serving many years as an usher at the 4:30pm Saturday Mass. In addition, he was an active member of the Knights of Columbus, Council #3880, and was awarded Knight of the Year in 2005. Recently, he was awarded a special commendation by Bishop Doran for his service to his parish.
Richard will be remembered for his love and kindness, but especially for his wonderful marriage of 65 years to Rose Marie.
Richard is survived by his wife, Rose Marie, and their three daughters Bonnie (Ed) Dean of Crystal Lake, Lynn (Jeff Sr.) Faye of Crystal Lake, and Lori (Jim) Lynch of Parker, Colorado. He fondly loved his grandchildren Kim (Steve) Scherrer, Ed (Ellie) Dean, Pat (Sheri) Dean, Jeff Faye Jr., Chris (Stef) Faye, Olivia Lynch, Erin Lynch, and great-grandchildren Aidan Borre', Josh Scherrer, Zach Scherrer, Ellie Scherrer, Jack Faye and Sawyer Faye,and Ryan Dean.
Richard was preceded in death by his brother, Leonard Partyka.
The wake will be held at Skaja-Bachmann Funeral Home on Tuesday, Feb. 5 from 3:00pm to 8:00pm. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Thomas Catholic Church on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 11am. Interment will be at Windridge Memorial Park in Cary, IL. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Knights of Columbus, Father McCormick Council #3880.