Garry S. Prokop, age 68, of Peotone, IL, passed away on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, IL.
He was born on December 26, 1951 in Chicago Heights, IL, the son of Louis and Emilie (Knapcik) Prokop. He was a graduate of Thornridge High School, class of 1969, and worked for Tanko Screw Products at that time. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Commerce from DePaul University graduating in 1973. He then began to work at Interlake Steel in Riverdale, IL as an accountant. He married Christine Kapocius on September 28, 1974 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Riverdale, IL. In 1974 he went to work for Standard Oil Company (Amoco Corp.) in Chicago. In 1975 he obtained his Certified Public Accountant License from the University of Illinois and then earned his Masters of Science Degree in Taxation from DePaul University in 1982. He and his wife, Christine, established their business, Prokop & Associates, in Peotone in 1993 where he worked until his retirement in December, 2018. He was a member of the CPA Society, the Illinois CPA Society, and the Peotone Chamber of Commerce. Garry enjoyed golf, bowling, auto racing, cooking, traveling with his family, and woodworking. He was a Jack of All Trades building his own home in Peotone.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Christine (Kapocius) Prokop; three sons and daughters-in-law, Daniel (Cynthia) Prokop of Conway, AR, Steven (Jill) Prokop of Channahon, IL, and Thomas (Karie) Prokop of Manteno, IL; eight grandchildren, Justin, Andrew, Amelia, Lillianne, Sophia, Rylan, Karalyn, and Benjamin; a brother, Bruce (the late Debra) Prokop of Peotone; three sisters-in-law, Patricia Claxton, Barbara Malachowski, and Joyce Leonardi; three brothers-in-law, David, Mark, and Paul Kapocius; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Emilie Prokop; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Joseph and Dorothy Kapocius.
Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Sunday, March 1 from 2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Peotone on Monday, March 2 at 11:00 a.m., Father Roger Kutzner officiating. Prayers will be held at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. prior to the funeral mass. Burial will be at Peotone Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the family’s wishes.
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