Joseph A Kahn Sr (1940 - 1997)



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Joe was my oldest brother. He was a quiet, serious fellow. As children he was
not that close to David and me because of the age difference. He was very close to my older sibling Ruthie, they were sixteen months apart. It wasn't until we were young adults that Ii realized how fond of his family he really was. My mother used say that we were "four of us against the world".

He was very handsome - black hair, blue eyes and had no trouble finding girls. He was once voted "Greek God of South Shore" He and his friends did very funny amusing things like breaking into the stables at South Shore Country Club, riding the horses out the front gates and down 71st street.

South Shore is a lakefront neighborhood on Chicago's south side just south of Hyde Park. All of us stayed there until we reached adulthood.

Joe was a troubled adolescent who was always looking for his mother. He found her after nine years had gone by at 63rd and Stoney Island. When we reconnected, it was unreal. I had already mourned her when I was six or seven so it was hard to recognize her as our mother.

He got into trouble with the law and spent some time at "Sheridan" near Utica , Illinois which was kind of a prison for boys who committed some serious crime - I don't remember what he did, but it wasn't that bad.
He Married Suzanne Angelis around 1965 and moved to California where he lived for about 15 years.

He came back to Chicago around 1979 after he and Suzanne were divorced. Joe would bring their son to Chicago in the summer. Suzanne remarried and moved to North Carolina, divorced and also moved back to Illinois. Their son, Joey stayed in North Carolina and later joined the Air Force..

When Joe came back, our family was complete!. Together again, we had the time of our lives. Tramping in the woods, starved Rock, Apple Picking, snowball fights. When the Ortiz Family- some from California piled into Ruthie's house, Joe's son was included in all the mayhem. He was a father figure to Gregory and an Uncle to my kids.

Joe was a quiet, serious boy. He was very close to Ruthie as a child but not so much with David and me. It wasn't until we were young
adults that I found that he had a great fondness for his family and that included the nieces and nephew.

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at Chicago Lying In, in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois United States


at St Thomas Apostle Church, in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois United States


on at St Francis Hospital, in Evanston, Cook County, Illinois United States
Cause of death: auto immune disease

Cause of death

auto immune disease

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wood national cemeterysection 37c site 369, west national ave bldg 1301, in milwaukee, milwaukee county, Wisconsin us


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Evanston, Cook County, Illinois United States

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Father: Joseph Kahn
Mother: Nancy Kahn (Milligan)
Siblings: David John Kahn, Ruth Ann Kahn, and Christine Kahn

Spouse: Patti Kahn

Wife: Suzanne Kahn
Children with Suzanne: Joseph Kahn, Jr.

Wife: Patti Pennegore-Kahn


Maryville Academy, South Shore High School


Bartender, Wedding photographer, truck driver


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Branch of service: Us Army
Rank attained: PFC
Wars/Conflicts: Vietnam

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1940 - In the year that Joseph A Kahn Sr was born, on November 5th, President Franklin Roosevelt was elected to a third term, defeating Wendell Willkie of Indiana (a corporate lawyer). Roosevelt running for a third term was controversial. But the U.S. was emerging from the Great Recession and he promised that he would not involve the country in any foreign war (which of course changed when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor). Roosevelt defeated Willkie in the popular vote by 54.7 to 44.8% and in the Electoral College 449 to 82.

1949 - By the time he was just 9 years old, on April 4th, NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization) was established. Twelve nations originally signed the North Atlantic Treaty - the United States, Great Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Iceland, Canada, and Portugal. Greece, Turkey, and West Germany later joined. Today, there are 26 nations in NATO.

1990 - At the age of 50 years old, Joseph was alive when on April 24th, the Hubble telescope was launched into space after long delays due to the Challenger explosion. An optical flaw was found within weeks of launch but was fixed within three years. The discoveries made possible by the Hubble have contributed to scientists' understanding of the universe.

1993 - Joseph was 53 years old when on January 20th, William J. Clinton became the 42nd President of the United States. He beat incumbent George H.W. Bush who was seeking his second term. Clinton won 43.01% of the popular vote to Bush's 37.45%. An independent candidate, Ross Perot, won 18.91% - the most votes for an independent candidate since Teddy Roosevelt's run for President in 1912.

1997 - In the year of Joseph A Kahn Sr's passing, on August 31st, Princess Diana of Great Britain was killed when her car crashed into a pillar in the tunnel under the Pont de l'Alma bridge in Paris. The car she was riding in was trying to evade the paparazzi but it was also discovered later that the driver of the car, who was also killed, had three times the legal limit of alcohol which likely contributed to the accident.

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Joseph A Kahn Sr, father to 1 child, passed away on January 16, 1997 at St Francis Hospital, Evanston, Illinois at 56 years of age. His family lists the cause of death as: auto immune disease. He was buried in wood national cemeterysection 37c site 369, milwaukee, Wisconsin us. Joseph was born on March 18, 1940 at Chicago Lying In, Chicago, Illinois. He was born to Joseph Kahn and Nancy Kahn (Milligan), with siblings David, Ruth, and Christine. Joseph married Patti Kahn. He also married Suzanne Kahn. and they gave birth to Joseph Kahn, Jr.. He also married Patti Pennegore-Kahn.

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