Clarence W. “Sonny” Mack, 90, of Washington, Illinois, formerly of Montgomery, Illinois, passed away at 9:37am Thursday, September 26, 2019 at Washington Christian Village.
Sonny was born July 29, 1929 in Geneva, IL to Clarence and Mabel Oldfield Mack. He married Bernice Boicken on May 2, 1953 in Beecher, IL.
Surviving is his wife, Bernice, of Washington; children, David (Julia) Mack of Summerfield, FL, Curtis (Kelly) Mack of Washington, Keith (Linda) Mack of Aurora, Deanna (Daniel) Bishop of Marquette Heights, and Dennis (Lisa) Mack of Dunlap; 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and a sister, Carol Volkmar.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Jerry Mack; and two grandchildren, Erika and Christina.
Sonny grew up on a dairy farm on Mack Rd. near Warrenville, which his great-grandfather homesteaded in 1845. A 1947 graduate of West Chicago Community High School, he was a member of one of the last classes to attend and graduate from the one room Gary’s Mill Elementary Schoolhouse. He served two years with the Winfield Police Department, three years as a deputy for the DuPage County Sheriff’s Department, was the first police chief for the City of Warrenville, worked as Chief Forest Ranger with the DuPage county forest preserve and Morton Arboretum. He owned and managed several campgrounds in Earlville and Black Canyon City, AZ. He later owned and operated Modern Trend Kitchens and had a bathtub remodeling business. He was well-known as “Sonny the Tub Man”.
Sonny lived life to the fullest. Along with his work, he took an active role in 4-H leadership and Future Farmers of America. He served as president and member of the board of education of the West Chicago High School, president and member of DuPage County Fair Association, chairman of the Kane-DuPage Water Conservation Committee, executive chairman of the Salt Creek Water Shed, secretary of the Northeast Land Council, vice-president of the State Association of Soil and Water Conservation District, and president of the Northeast Illinois Natural Resource Service Center.
In his spare time, he was an auctioneer and square dance caller - calling square dances into his late 70s. When he had time to relax, he was an avid reader and could be found with his nose in some book or magazine.
Sonny was also a man of great faith. He was an active member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Montgomery and St. John’s Lutheran Church in Pekin. He also served in many roles with Lutheran Hour Ministries. He served as district and zone president for Northern Illinois and in 2008 was elected a regional governor.
A memorial service for Sonny will be held at 11:00am Saturday, October 5, 2019 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Pekin. Son-in-law, Rev. Daniel Bishop will officiate. Visitation will be from 9-10:45am Saturday at the church. Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory in Washington is serving the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Washington Senior Living (Attn: Activities department) 1201 Newcastle rd., Washington, IL 61571.
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