John W. Capron III, age 93, known to all as "Jack", died on January 27, 2019 from injuries sustained in an icy fall. The son of the late John and Cecelia Capron and brother of the late Louis Capron, Jack grew up in Rogers Park, where he attended Sullivan High School and played football and baseball. He served with honor as an officer in the United States Navy in World War II and obtained his degree in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology where he played baseball. He worked as a director of research and development at Continental Can Company in Chicago where he was an international expert in materials and coatings, and later at Sun Chemical Corporation. He married the love and the center of his life, Eleanor Arends when they were both 21 years old. Together they had a joyful and fruitful 67 years of marriage. In his old age, Jack remained doggedly at the center of everything happening in his family. His agility, mental acuity, and remarkable range of gifts were in full force until his death. Just weeks before, he danced at his grand-daughter's wedding. As artistic as he was mathematical, Jack was never without a project. He loved nothing better than a "list" of jobs to complete. He attended Mass every morning and prayed for us all. Jack was the dearly beloved and revered father of the late John W. (Mary Kay) Capron IV, Mary Beth (Bob) Theriault, Daniel (Mary Anne) Capron, and Ellen (Jim) Polzin. He was the adored "Pop Pop" of Kelly, Meghan, Jay, Jason, Jenny, Amy, Brian, Emily, Nora, Anne, Jackie, Mary Kate, and Grace; and the proud great-grandfather of McKenna, Annika, Abby, Tommy, Jack, Brady, Jaxson, Emmy, Luke, Mary Anne, Brian, Danny, John John, Hennessy, Dottie, Eleanor Anne, Mary, James, Eleanor Cecelia, and Charlie.
Visitation Thursday January 31, 2019 at Williams-Kampp Funeral Home, 430 E. Roosevelt Road, Wheaton IL. Funeral prayers, Friday 9:15 a.m. at the funeral home proceeding to 10:00 a.m. Mass at St Michael Catholic Church, 310 S. Wheaton Avenue, Wheaton, IL In lieu of flowers, donations appreciated to the Alzheimers Association in honor of Jack's late wife, Eleanor, to 8430 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60631. Info@ www.williams-kampp.com or (630) 668-0016.
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