Lawrence Dec

Lawrence Dec, 66, of Hinsdale passed away unexpectedly April 13, 2020.

Larry was born to Steven and Lorraine, nee Berg, Dec in 1954 while they were living in Crystal Lake. Next, he lived in Chicago and Oak Park, followed by a short time in Salt Lake City. At 13 he settled in Chicago with his mother. As a good Chicagoan, he was a loyal Cubs fan who followed all the hometown teams. He participated in the Chicago political scene and never missed an election.

Always trying to be independent and to do a good job, Larry started as a shoeshine boy at age 8. Next came his favorite job — selling Christmas trees and helping to brighten the lives of many. The job he was most proud of was his final one as an industrial water blaster able to run crews in the steel mills.

Larry was a caring man who wanted to make sure his family was always doing well. He was the baby of the family to his brother and sister, but he was so much more to his nieces: he was their protector, hero, the fun one, the one that let them eat goodies and play video games and listen to the Beatles or the Rolling Stones.

In the last hours of his conscious life, Larry was anointed by a COVID-19 ministry priest and was able to listen to his family, allowing them to come to peace, the peace he had known from his Catholic faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lorraine and Steven.

His is survived by his siblings, Steven Dec and Kathaleen (William) Moynihan; his nieces, Susan (Hugo) Campos, Ashley Miller and Gia (Mike) Calvillo; his great-nieces and -nephews, Alexis, Eleanor, Kathaleen, William, Jessica, Grace, Abigail, Aaron, Liam and Scarlett.

Due to the current regulations on public gatherings, a funeral Mass and celebration of Larry’s life will be held at Notre Dame Church in Clarendon Hills in the future.

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