|Victor Eugene VanUnnik, 62, 442 West Point Dr., Lake Bracken, Galesburg, died at 5:45 AM Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at his home.
He was born November 18, 1947 in Mendota, Ill. the son of Camile V. and Ruth Burkhardt VanUnnik. He married Wanda Hochstetler on March 14, 1970 in Galesburg. She survives.
Also surviving is a son, Victor E. (and Brooke) VanUnnik, Jr. of Wataga, Ill., a daughter, Amy (and Chris) Courtright of Oneida, Ill., a granddaughter, Addison Marie Courtright, a grandson Deikon Eugene VanUnnik and one new grandchild on the way, three brothers, Dennis (and Judy) VanUnnik of Knoxville, Ill., and Gary (and Linda) VanUnnik and Derek (and Donna) VanUnnik, both of Galesburg, three sisters, Janice (and Kevin) Spivey of Woodhull, Ill., Denise (and Ron) Wiscons of Knoxville, and Jeanne Karl of Oswego, Ill., his Aunt Louise VanUnnik of Kewanee, several nieces and nephews and Aunts and Uncles, and his Godchildren, Jaci, Zach, and Haley, children of David and Kerri Marshall of North Henderson, Ill.
Vic worked for Doyle Furniture from 1969 to 1986. Vic, his wife, and family opened and have owned Furniture Country in Galesburg and Kewanee since 1986. He was a 1965 graduate of Galesburg High School.
Vic was very involved in both the Galesburg and Kewanee communities. In Galesburg, he was a member and past commander of Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post 285 and the Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce. In Kewanee, he was a member of the Elks Lodge, Kewanee Chamber of Commerce and its Ambassador Club, Kiwanis Club in Kewanee and volunteered with Special Olympics.
Vic served in the United States Army from 1966 to 1969 and was stationed in Germany. He received the National Defense Service Medal.
Most people and friends will remember Vic by his nickname, "Breeze." He was always full of life. He retired in November 2009. He loved his new home at Lake Bracken, loved his wife and children, and granddaughter, Addison, and newborn grandson Deikon and his great friends and family. He enjoyed golf, fishing, and sitting in his sunroom. There was nothing better than a good martini and a cigar on his boat. He was an avid Cubs and Bears fan.
Funeral will be 10:00 Am Tuesday May 4, 2010 in Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Rev. Tim Anderson will officiate. Visitation will be 4:00-8:00 PM Monday evening at the chapel. Burial will be in Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens, where Military Rites will be conducted by Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post 285.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children Hospitals or Immanuel Lutheran Church Altona, IL. A Celebration of Vic's life will be from 1:00-4:00 PM Tuesday at Lake Bracken Country Club. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.