Clyde D. Unz

REDDICK—Clyde D. Unz, 91, of Reddick, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 at Miller Rehabilitation in Kankakee under hospice care.
He was born Feb. 27, 1927 in Reddick to the Edgar W. and Sarah M. “Sadie” (nee Lehnus) Unz. He attended the Country School and graduated from Reddick High School with the class of 1945. Clyde enlisted in the Navy and was on the Commissioning Crew of the USS Albany. His rank was Seamen 2nd Class and he was discharged March 1947 with a victory medal. Many of his military items are on display at the Essex Historical Society.
Clyde married Martha Louise Draper on Jan. 15, 1950 in Flora, IN at The Church of the Brethren. He worked in the Cabinet Factory in Flora until moving back to Illinois and working as hired man for his uncles: Alvin, William, Charles, and Edgar. He also worked nights at Caterpillar in Joliet in 1954-1956. Clyde was a charter member of Zoar Community Church and was instrumentalin the construction along with many others.
In the 1970's until 2000 he sold Short Line Farm Equipped Burch, Yetter, Orthman, Westerdorf Nichols Tillage Herschel cutting parts and made many friends over the years. He enjoyed woodworking and doing crafts and Martha would do the painting of the items he made. They were a good team.
He served on the Grand Prairie Cemetery Association Board, Zoar Board of Directors and the Zoar Church maintenance committee. The last several years he loved to run the lawn mower which gave him purpose and he mowed 4-5 days a week only stopping a few months before his death. Clyde worked hard his entire life and loved God, his family, his country and his friends. His life reflected his faith and patriotism.
Surviving is one son, Charles Unz, of Reddick and nieces and nephews who he loved very much.
Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife of 64 1/2 years, Martha (2014); one son, James Unz (2000); two brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Milton and Bonita (nee Bossert) Unz and Richard and Leah (nee Beyer) Unz. Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be held at Zoar Community Church in Reddick on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019 at 11 a.m. with the Reverends William and Joan Dean officiating. Visitation will begin one hour before the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in his name may be directed to Zoar Community Church, Hospice of Kankakee Valley, or to the donor's choice.
For more information and to sign the online guestbook log on to or find them on Facebook at R.W. Patterson Funeral Home & Crematory.
R.W. Patterson Funeral Home & Crematory, 401 E. Main St., Braidwood is in charge of arrangements.