Joseph A. Storcel, 94, of North Riverside, died on Dec. 28, 2018.
Born in Czechoslovakia on Jan. 7, 1924, his family arrived in the U.S. in 1926. He attended Blessed Agnes School, Farragut High School and the University of Illinois School of Engineering.
Mr. Storcel earned his Army Air Force veteran status as an Air Force cadet pilot and then as an aircraft mechanical engineer at Midway and O'Hare airports. He was later employed by Amphenol Corporation and was awarded numerous U.S. patents.
He was an avid golfer, a member of %u010Ceska Beseda, and he enjoyed dancing at Chicago's greatest ballrooms.
The entire family's "Uncle Joe" is survived by his brother John, sister Marge, nieces, nephews, their children and many friends and neighbors.
Visitation is on Saturday, Jan. 12 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. prior to a funeral Mass at Mater Christi Church, 2400 10th Ave. in North Riverside, with military honors following. Entombment will be in the Storcel family mausoleum at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.
The family expresses sincere gratitude to the Hines V.A. Hospital staff for their outstanding services and to the Hines Fisher House for their thoughtful accommodations.
Ivins/Moravecek Funeral Home, Riverside, handled arrangements.