Richard E. Cleek

Richard Eugene Cleek, age 79, of Joliet, passed away Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at Silver Cross Hospital.

Born July 31, 1939 in Chicago, he was the son of Chester and Velma (nee Baer) Cleek.  He worked for many years for the former Andrew Corporation in Orland Park, and later operated his own business installing and servicing air compressors.

Dick was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.  He was a generous man and everyone’s guardian angel.  He will be remembered for his kindness and willingness to help others.

Surviving are his beloved wife of 40 years, Donna M. (nee Kethcart) Cleek of Joliet; four children, Barbara (Skip) Call of Atlanta, GA, Allen Cleek of Rodeo, NM, Pamela (Keith) Kras of Griffith, IN, and Patty (Rob) Ledbetter of Dyer, IN; ten grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Nancy (the late Richard) Glass and Barbara (the late Ed) Rowland; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one son, Robert Cleek; his parents; and two sisters, Sue and Carol.

A Memorial Gathering for Richard E. Cleek will be held Tuesday, October 2, 2018 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black at Essington Roads, Joliet.  Interment in Elmhurst Cemetery will be private.

For more information, please call (815) 741-5500 or visit his Memorial Tribute at