James Kearns Jr. Obituary

James A. Kearns Jr.
James A. Kearns Jr.

December 8, 1943 - January 22, 2019
Born in Chicago, IL
Resided in Hanover Park, IL


Hanover Park, IL — James A. Kearns, Jr. age 75, died peacefully on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 in the home he built with his wife 42 years ago.
James was born to Sophie and James Kearns, Sr, and raised with his sister, Virginia Gothard in Chicago, IL. He attended Gordon Tech High School and was later drafted into the United States Army until he was honorably discharged in 1971. “Big Jim” worked for the Chicago Sun Times for 45 years. During his career, he was promoted to Circulation Manager, in which position he worked until his retirement.
He leaves his wife of 46 years, Mary Ellen (Hendriksen) Kearns. He is also survived by his son, James A. Kearns, III; daughter-in-law, Kimberly (Eder) Kearns; daughter Kelly Kearns; and daughter Laura (Kearns) Bedore. He was a loving grandfather to Kelly’s sons’, Grayson and Quinton Taylor. “Pampa” was devoted to his grandson’s Mike and Roy Saladino and raised them as his own.
James took great pride in his home and was a skilled craftsman. From building a backyard poolside deck to accommodate “Uncle D. Superman Dives” for his children to enjoy, to a beautiful patio pergola and bar for him to enjoy many a summers’ nights later in life. Friends and close family always wanted to gather around “Uncle Jim” for his wit, great conversations, and sound advice. He loved rooting for his favorite sport teams including the L.A. Lakers, Baltimore Ravens, Detroit Tigers, and Chicago White Sox. Of most memorable sporting events, was a surprise game he attended with James and Kim to see the to the L.A. Lakers Finals in Indianapolis, Indiana.
He shared uncountable memories with his children. He was a truly present and devoted father. So many smiles were had burying each other in the sand at Ohio Street Beach, riding the Beast at Kings Island, eating “Fumarics” and “Polish Oreo’s”, vacationing at Starved Rock, and attending the Chicago Auto show to see the “gin sui knife guy.” A favorite was the many family basketball games held on the Kearns’ driveway court, with “free offs”.
For his children, his love, guidance, and true presence throughout our lives, has shaped us into the strong and successful individuals we are today. His life has had such significance and impacted so many people in insurmountable ways. His legacy will live on forever in each person’s life that he touched.
Dad, you “bettered the stock.”

Arrangements made by DuPage Cremations, Ltd. and Memorial Chapel (630) 293-5200.




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