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Obituary for Thornton Rodney Jegen

Thornton Rodney Jegen, age 88, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving daughters. Adoring husband of 65 years to the late Esthermae Boomker Jegen. Loving father of Alison (Richard) Shank, Melissa (Robert) Gray, and Celeste (Jerry) Jegen-Mannix. Cherished grandfather of Melissa (Christopher) Grataski, Mason (Sarah) Shank, and Samantha Shank, Candace (Maj. Nate) Kane, Brant (Courtney) Gray, and Ellis (Cody) Holderbecker. Dearest great-grandfather of Willem, Colton, Hazel, soon to be born Wyatt, Merritt, Ford, Guy, Pearson and the late Henry. Dear brother of Barbara (Cal) Bouma, brother of the late Frank Kenneth (late Georgianna) Jegen. Dear uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Rod was an outgoing, adventurous man who loved his precious wife and family dearly, his faith, friends, flying, sailing, scuba diving, reading, and starting endless business ventures. He was a proud Korean War Veteran (Army~7th Division). He never met a cookie or chocolate donut he didn’t like, and his favorite outing was to Lumes for a crispy waffle and hugs from his Lumes friends. He was a master of trivia facts, keeping his family on their toes, and could fix anything that flew, sailed or moved.

Visitation Sunday, March 27, 2022, 3-7 PM at Colonial Chapel, 15525 S. 73rd Ave. (155th/Wheeler Dr. & Harlem) Orland Park, IL. Funeral Service Monday, March 28, 2022, 10:00 a.m. at Colonial Chapel. A live-stream of the service will be available. Please visit Rod's obituary on Colonial Chapel's website at to view the live-stream of the service. Burial private.

Below is the live-stream for Rod's Funeral Service on Monday, March 28, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. CST.

Below is a photo tribute celebrating Rod's life.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to:

Honor Flight Chicago
9701 W. Higgins Rd.
Suite 310
Rosemont, IL 60018-4703 or

Palos Heights Christian Reformed Church
7059 W. 127th St.
Palos Heights, IL 60463

ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
501 St Jude Place
Memphis, TN 38105

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