William "Joe" English, 76, died peacefully with his family by his side on June 2, 2013. Born in Galesburg on Aug. 30, 1936, he spent his last 25 years living in Oak Park. The majority of his life was spent in Illinois, but he also lived in Arizona, Michigan and Oklahoma. After graduating from high school, he served in the U.S. Army at the end of the Korean War, operating heavy equipment. After his service, he attended and graduated from Western Illinois University in 1962. He worked in corporate America for over three decades, including a distinguished career with Owens Corning Fiberglass before starting his own manufacturing representative firm.
He loved working in real estate and excelled as an investor. One of his most notable accomplishments was returning to school at age 65 and earning a graduate degree in counseling. As a licensed clinical professional counselor, he spent the remainder of his life helping others at the Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital Outpatient Group Practice and through his private practice in Oak Park.
Joe English is survived by his wife, Kathy; his children, John, James (Sue), Mary, Patty English-Schneider (Kevin), Annie Coleman, and Robert Coleman (Tina); his grandchildren, Patrick (Breanne), Kailee Murphy (Sean), Melissa, Natalie, Trevor Coleman, and Sage Coleman; his great-grandchildren, Dylan, Brooke and Alicyn; and his "little" brother, James (Carol) English. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and William.
A memorial service is planned for June 29 in Oak Park. Donations may be made in his name to the Wounded Warrior Memorial Fund or the Animal Care League.