John Dean Secker, 66, a longtime resident of River Forest, died peacefully at his home on April 25, 2014 after a year-long struggle with lung cancer. Born and raised in Freeport, he graduated from Aquin Central Catholic High School in 1965. Following that he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree at the University of Notre Dame, a master's in Taxation at DePaul University and became a certfied public accountant.
He served in the army during the Vietnam War and upon his return worked briefly for the accounting firm of Ernst and Ernst before joining the Chicago law firm of Madden, Jiganti, Moore and Sinars. After 37 years, he retired as head of their tax division.
Mr. Secker was an accomplished golfer and has been, with his wife Anne, a regular member at the Oak Park Country Club for 24 years. He was a voracious reader and an avid physical fitness advocate, but most of all, devoted to his family. He was exceptionally generous in helping family and friends as a trusted financial advisor and confidante. He loved teaching and was a popular adjunct professor of graduate students at Dominican University's Brennan School of Business.
Among his volunteer contributions, he served on the board of the Oak Park-River Forest Infant Welfare Society.
John Secker is survived by Anne Langlois Secker, his wife of 44 years; his children, Stephen J. Secker (Stacy) and Julia Secker Markos (Aaron); his grandchildren, Garrett, Callista and Gabriel Secker and Eleanor and Charlie Markos; his father, John S. Secker; his siblings, Susan L. Secker and Joseph S. Secker (Rita); and 28 nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 4 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Drechsler Brown & Williams Funeral Home in Oak Park. A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Monday, May 5 at 10 a.m. at Old St. Patrick's Church in Chicago.
Donations honoring his memory may be sent to the Oak Park-River Forest Infant Welfare Society at The Children's Clinic, 320 Lake Street, in Oak Park or to the John Secker Memorial Fund, a fund for his niece and nephew who are living with autism (call Drechsler Brown & Williams, 383-3191, for contact information).