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James W. "Jim" Popek

September 15, 1948 — July 22, 2022

James W. “Jim” Popek

Age 73 of Joliet, IL passed away on Friday, July 22, 2022 at Silver Cross Hospital, with his wife by his side.

Born September 15, 1948 in Joliet, Jim was a son of William and Clara (Née Duda) Popek. He was a graduate of Joliet Township East High School (1966), and obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University. He also earned a degree in Electronic Engineering Automated Systems, from Joliet Junior College and Southern Illinois University.

On November 30, 1983 in San Jose, California, Jim married Mary Ann McKanna; his lifelong and best friend, whom he had met at the Car Wash and Silver Fross Drive In on Cass Street.

A retired teacher from Joliet Junior College in 2018 after 25 years of dedicated service, Jim returned in 2021 on a part time basis to teach; a career that was truly fulfilling.

He was a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps, having attained the rank of Sergeant. In his free time, Jim enjoyed fishing with his friend, Bobby Turner. Jim’s legacy continues as he supported organ donation through the Gift of Hope Program.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Popek; his son, Jacob M. Popek; his canine companions, Puff and Shadow, and the many kids Jim “adopted” and mentored over the years.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, William and Clara Popek and brother, Thomas Popek.

Per Jim’s request, cremation rites were accorded and private services were held.

Relatives and friends are encouraged to sign the online guest book by logging onto:

Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the genuine care and direction of Kenneth A. Plese, in Joliet, IL   815-735-2125.

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