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Obituary: Charles Krivacek, Naperville, Ill.

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Naperville, Ill.

Charles J. "Chip" Krivacek, 57, escaped the bonds of this world on Friday and is now healed and at peace in the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

He was born on December 27, 1955 in Cleveland, Ohio, but lost a courageous battle with sarcoidosis of the lung at University of Chicago Hospital on August 30, 2013.

He was the adoring and devoted husband of Kathy (nee Hendrickson) Krivacek, (whom he married May 5, 1984) and the loving father of Kyle, Kalyn and Karah. He was the dedicated son of the late Richard and the late Marilyn Krivacek, and the fun-loving and dear brother of Marianne Krivacek of Cleveland Heights, OH, Rick (Jo) Krivacek of Strongsville, OH, Kathy (Tom) McNally of Shaker Heights, OH and Jim Krivacek of Newbury, OH. He was the loyal son-in-law of Dick and JoAnn Hendrickson of Columbus, IN, the fond brother-in-law of Kelly Hendrickson of Greenwood,  Tom (Stephany) Hendrickson and Todd (Russanna) Hendrickson, both of Columbus, the entertaining uncle of eight, and a friend to many.

A resident of Naperville since 1999, Chip grew up in Chagrin Falls, OH and graduated from Orange High School in 1974. He received degrees in Communications and Marketing from Ohio University in Athens in 1978. His gift of hospitality and his ability to make people feel comfortable and at ease were a perfect fit for his sales career with Occidental Chemical Corporation (formerly Diamond Shamrock). He worked for OxyChem for 35 years, advancing to his most recent position of Region Manager.

Chip was an active member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Naperville, serving as an usher-team captain for the last several years. But his ultimate “church” was the natural world. He loved nothing better than being outdoors where he felt closest to God. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman, but also liked to work in his garden and golf. His career with Oxy took him to many cities across the country and each home he owned received the benefit of his eye for landscaping -- from picket fences and roses, to stone staircases, to water features with koi fish -- not only designed by him, but built by him as well.

But ask people what they remember most about Chip and almost everyone will tell you it was his smile and the twinkle in his eye that told you he had a “zinger” sitting on the tip of his tongue -- so, of course, that (along with his love and guidance) is what will be missed the most.

Visitation is set for Thursday,from 4 to 8 p.m. at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill Street in Naperville.

Funeral services will be held at noon Friday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1310 Shepherd Dr., Naperville.

A luncheon in celebration of Chip’s life will be held at the church following the service.

Private interment for the family will be Saturday at Naperville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either:

Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research, 1820 W. Webster Ave., Suite 304, Chicago, IL 60614, (Tribute Gift), or Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1310 Shepherd Dr., Naperville, IL 60565, (630)961-9220,, (Please put “Chip Krivacek” in the memo line.)

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