BLOOMINGTON — William J. Cain Jr., 67, of Joliet, passed away Thursday (Feb. 20, 2014) at St. Luke Episcopal Hospital, Houston, Texas, with his family by his side.
Born Nov. 24, 1946, in Joliet, he was raised in Lockport. Bill was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He worked as a unit operator for Texaco Oil Refinery in Lockport and sold real estate for Coldwell Banker.
Following the Texaco plant closure, he moved to Bloomington where he resided for 20 years and worked for the Bloomington Public Library, where he was responsible for security.
Bill was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed traveling with his wife and grandchildren, and fishing trips with his longtime friends, Tom Huckaba and Alfie Rodriguez. He was also a talented woodworker and operated his own retail business, Cain’s Crafts and Gifts.
He was a member of Elks Lodge and looked forward to the Tuesday monthly lunch meetings with his classmates from Lockport Township High School.
Surviving are his beloved wife of 47 years, Kathleen M. Dzak Cain, Joliet; his son, Kevin Cain, Houston, Texas; his daughter, Kimberly (Jeffrey) Klepec, Bloomington; five grandchildren, Matthew, Luke, Jordan, Kaitlyn and Kylie Klepec; one brother, William "Fritz" (Paula) Lutes, Tampa, Fla.; a brother-in-law, John (Patricia) Dzak, Deerfield; a sister-in-law, Karen (Rex) Blasier, Baytown, Texas; five nephews, Kyle Lutes, Will Lutes, John (Emily) Dzak, Christopher (Sarah) Dzak and Zachary Blasier; and two great-nieces, Lily and Katerina Dzak.
He was preceded by his father, William J. (Evelyn) Cain; his mother, Lenora J. Lombardo (Donald) Lutes; and a nephew, Andrew Lutes.
His funeral will be at 9:15 a.m. Saturday at Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, Joliet. Mass will follow at 10 a.m. at Church of St. Jude, Joliet. Entombment will be in Resurrection Mausoleum, Romeoville. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
For more information on the service visit www.fredcdames.com.