Lorden, Daniel J., Sr. (Died on 24 Jun 2011)
appeared in Wilmette Life (Wilmette, Illinois), 7 Jul 2011, p. 28

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Lorden, Sr., Daniel J. 97, WWII Veteran and member of the US Army Air Force's elite 3rd Emergency Rescue Squadron, and retired Evanston Fire Department Captain, passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 24th at St. Andrews Life Center in Niles, IL. He was born in Chicago in 1914 and grew up in Evanston, attending St. Mary's Grammar School. He graduated from Crane Technical High School in Chicago. Daniel is survived by his beloved wife of 70 years, Helen (Nugent), his devoted sons Daniel Jr. (Mary Jo) and Michael (Kathleen), his loving grandchildren Ann, Karen and Zachary, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his siblings Grace Schmitz of Wilmette, IL, Frances Taylor of Kansas City, MO, and Raymond of Frankfort, IL. He joined the US Army Air Force in 1943 and was stationed in the Philippines. As a member of the 3rd Emergency Rescue Squadron, the originators of the Army Special Forces, he participated in the campaigns of New Guinea, Western Pacific, Southern Philippines, Luzon and Air Offensive Japan. After the war, he joined the Evanston Fire Department in 1946, becoming a Fire Captain. He retired in 1970 and continued operating Lorden Landscaping, which he had developed as a side business during his fire department years. His son, Michael, grew it into a full-time landscape and design firm with Daniel's encouragement and support. Daniel and Helen met in 1937 at the Clark Street beach where he was a lifeguard. They lived their many years of married life in a charming cottage in Evanston a block from Lake Michigan, where they loved to swim and taught their sons a lasting appreciation of the Lake. A memorial service was held at on Saturday, July 2nd, at St. Andrews Life Center in Niles, IL. The family asks that any memorials be made in the form of donations to the Chicago Botanic Garden.

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7 Jul 2011
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24 Jun 2011
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    Latitude: 42.07225 Longitude: -87.72284
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Lorden, Daniel J., Sr. (Died on 24 Jun 2011)