Lajcin, Anthony "Tony" Age 80, passed away of a cardiac condition on April 4, 2013 at his daughter Vicky Hooten's home in Tyler, TX - Vicky, sister Debbie and family at his side. Born in Joliet, IL to the late John and Cecelia (Kurator) Lajcin on April 25, 1932. He enlisted with 5 of his friends in the U.S. Army
at close times to each other. All 6 served in Korea, with Tony the lone survivor of the group to return home. He attempted to get a monument for the 5 and fellow Korean vets, but was unsuccessful. Tony's unit was surrounded by the North Korean army and rescued by General Dean's troops after a difficult stand. When approached to receive a Purple Heart
, he replied: "For that little schrappnel in the back of my neck?" and declined. He was awarded the Army Occupational Medal (Japan), Combat Inf. Badge, United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, W-5 Bronze Service Stars, ROK Presidential Unit Citation, and 2 Overseas Bars. Tony was an excellent swimmer, avid fisherman, good debator, enjoyed challenging you. A former member of the South Wilmington Sportsmans Club. He lived a good portion of his life in the northwest states of Oregon and Washington. He worked for the United Wall and Paper Co., Corp. of Engineers, Brandon Locks, and Nationwide Moving Companies. He attended St. Cyril and Methodius grade school and JTHS. Surviving are his children, Debbie (Rick) Labicki of Troop, TX, Vicky (David) Hooten of Tyler, TX, Mark (Kristie) Lajcin of Aberdeen, WA, Toni Kay and Cheri Lajcin of Joliet; sisters, Mary (the late Andrew) Prieboy, Verna (Les) Horvath, and twins, Josie (Vince) Dibartolomeo and Fran (the late Frank) Ziemetz; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Margie (Leroy Stideim) Massey; sister, Cecelia (Steve) Melovic; brother, John (Eleanor) Lajcin; 2 nephews, Charles Horvath and Dennis Prieboy. Interment Abraham Lincoln Cemetery where full military honors will be conducted on April 25, 2013 at 10:00A.M., his 81st birthday. Family and friends are asked to meet at 9:15A.M. at VFW
Stone City Post, 124 Stone City Dr., Joliet, located at Laraway Rd. and Rt. 53, to depart to the cemetery. Special thanks to Kristie Lajcin, Hospice minister, Carey Ponder and Compass staff, Stone City Post Commander, Joe Barello.