Larry J. LaJeone, 72, formerly of Brookfield, died on Sept. 21, 2019, surrounded by his beloved family.
Due to the generosity of a heart donor, he was given eight wonderful years with his family and friends to enjoy weddings, grandchildren and travel.
Born in Chicago and residing in Hampton for 36 years, he was an avid fisherman and supporter of wildlife conservation. Mr. LaJeone received his M.S. from Southern Illinois University and pursued a career in biology.
Over the years, he dedicated his work to environmental science through writing, studying, consulting and fieldwork. He loved his work and retired from Exelon after 33 years working in the field he enjoyed so much.
Mr. LaJeone was a very active supporter of local sports programs. He coached youth baseball and could always be heard in the stands supporting his team.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Mary Ann LaJeone (nee Bridge); his children, Thomas (Kathrine), Joanne (Cory) Martin, Brian (Vickie); and his grandchildren, Georgia and John. He was preceded in death by his brother, parents and granddaughter, Alexandra. His great laugh and big personality will be missed by all his relatives and friends.
Services will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 31st St. in Brookfield.
In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions may be made to The March of Dimes, 141 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 1875, Chicago, 60604; the American Cancer Society, 225 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 1200, Chicago, 60601; American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Dr., Suite 1150, Chicago, 60601; American Heart Association, 300 S. Riverside Plaza, Chicago, 60606.