Herald News, The (Joliet, IL) - October 15, 2004
John William Kiep John William Kiep, beloved husband of Marjery June Kiep, died on October 13, 2004 at Rush Presbyterian Hospital in Chicago. John was 74 and is survived by Marjery; his son, Michael John; daughter, Julie Anne (Michael) Howard; and sister, Mary Anne (Frank) Quigley.
John (Jack) was born on February 11, 1930 in Joliet, IL to John and Anne Kiep (nee Kaffer). He married Marjery June Seppi on January 24, 1953 while finishing up studies at St. Ambrose College in Davenport, IA. Jack graduated from St. Ambrose College in 1953 with an accounting degree. After graduation, Jack was stationed in Germany as he dutifully served his country in the Armed Forces during the Korean War. Upon his return, Jack and Marjery moved to Wheaton, IL and started their family. In 1967 Jack earned his Master's Degree in Business Administration at Northern Illinois University. He began his professional career as an accountant for Kawneer Co. in St. Charles, IL and retired as the Finance Director for the Illinois Tollway in 1990. Jack spent much of his working years serving the community as board member for the Wheaton Housing Commission, Wheaton Planning Commission, and Marionjoy Rehabilitation Center. He also served his parish, St. Mark's in Wheaton , as lector throughout the 1970's and 1980's. Jack and Marjery enjoyed their retirement years together as they traveled Europe and split time between Wheaton and their winter home in Sun City, AZ.
An avid fisherman, Jack found great joy in the countless hours he spent perfecting his hobby. Be it a remote trout stream, pristine Canadian lake, or backyard pond, fishing provided Jack with a simple. serene, and peaceful pastime. Prior to his illness, annual fishing adventures with his son, son-in-law, and older grandsons produced memories that will live forever.
As much as Jack accomplished in his career, and as much as he loved his fishing, it was his family that truly defined his life. Jack considered his greatest gift his wife, children, and seven grandchildren (Matthew, John, Mark, John (Jack), Daniel, Kaitlin, and Katherine).
There will be a funeral mass held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 16 at St. Paul's Church in Wheaton. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Leukemia Research Foundation, 820 Davis Street, Suite 420, Evanston, IL 60201.
Williams Kampp Funeral Home
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Herald News, The (Joliet, IL) Date: October 15, 2004 Record Number: PFS1436351
Chicago Tribune (IL) - April 13, 2002
ROBERT P. KIEP, 65 Robert P. Kiep, 65, retired director of community affairs for Metra, died of cancer Sunday, April 7, in Silver Cross Hospital, Joliet. Mr. Kiep was born in Joliet and graduated from Joliet Catholic High School and the University of Notre Dame. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1958 to 1960. After working for a family business and in real estate, Mr. Kiep took a job with the Regional Transportation Authority, and later became Metra's community affairs director. Mr. Kiep also served on the Will County Board from 1972 to 1974 and was also elected to the Joliet Junior College Board, serving from 1970 until 1983, his family said. Most recently, he served on the college's foundation board. "He always captured people's attention when he spoke in public," said his daughter, Geraldine Sangiacomo. Mr. Kiep was on the board of the George Werden Buck Boys Club in Joliet for 30 years. He stayed abreast of Will County politics, keeping a weekly lunch date with friends who shared his interest in the Joliet community. He also helped with fundraising efforts at Holy Trinity High School. After 17 years as director of community affairs at Metra, Mr. Kiep retired in 2001. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and his grandchildren, who called him "Baba." Mr. Kiep also had a license to fly small planes. Survivors also include his wife, Lois; another daughter, Jill Marie Stinn; a son, Robert P. III; a sister, Barbara A. Rasmussen; and nine grandchildren. Services have been held.
Chicago Tribune (IL) Date: April 13, 2002 Edition: North Final Page: 20 Record Number: CTR0204130097 Copyright (c) 2002, Chicago Tribune Company. All rights reserved.
Herald News, The (Joliet, IL) - April 11, 2002
Ex-county board member Bob Kiep will be missed
A sudden feeling of sadness ran through me Wednesday morning when I looked at the obituary page and saw that Bob Kiep had died. But what great memories I have of watching him in action.During the 1970s, I covered county government as a young reporter.Bob was one of the 27 members then on the Will County Board. These were the days when Republicans and Democrats fought just because they were different parties. But each party also had its factions.
More often, the real split on this board was the old-time conservative farmers and another side composed of younger progressive members with eyes wide open to the future.Bob sat at a county board desk with his partner, the late Doug Hutchinson. Both were in that younger, educated group of members.They often championed causes like the need for professional planning and a master plan to control growth and zoning in the county.But these kind of "liberal" causes were usually tabled by the majority of old-timers, who were tight-fisted on not spending one more penny.I easily recall a lively argument between the two sides about the cost of toilet paper.
The old-timers on the board believed that too much toilet paper was being used in the courthouse's public restrooms and wanted to better ration it.When Bob and Doug got shot down on their issues, one of them would reach into the desk drawer.They kept a 3-inch rusty screw in that otherwise empty drawer.One would toss the screw to the other as both of them smiled about their latest defeat.Bob had a quick wit and a strong sense of humor.I vividly recall an incident in which he hung a nickname on the late Bill Starner, who was then chairman of the board's Finance Committee. Although this committee dealt with bills in the hundreds and tens of thousands of dollars, one afternoon an office holder had submitted an $18 bill to the committee. It was for a coffeepot and a can of coffee for the office.An outraged Starner hit the roof about this man wanting the taxpayers to pay for his coffee.He spit out several angry words about the office holder in front of reporters.
"Stingy Starner," Bob said, smiling.
His comment was echoed by Hutchinson, "Stingy Starner."
From that time on, the nickname was stuck to Starner, of course, behind his back. Bob Kiep was a man full of energy in those days.But his smile could quickly change to a frown. He would throw up his hands in frustration at times when another politician just didn't see the light of what Bob was arguing in favor of. But from the press table, we reporters liked him.He talked straight to us and didn't play with a spin on his words. We trusted him.
At the press table, he was usually referred to as "the Kieper." Most of the time, I personally agreed with the political causes Bob was fighting for.
But there was a lot of dirty politics in those days with deals taking place hidden from the public.Tiny molehills got turned into political mountains full of controversy with some back stabbing. In the end, I think Bob just got tired of playing politics in county government. He left the board and became regional affairs director for the Regional Transportation Authority with his office in Chicago. Sometimes in the morning before his commuter train left, we would meet for coffee in a downtown restaurant.Bob remained active in the community.
He was a longtime member and president of the Joliet Junior College Board; board member and president of the George Werden Buck Boys Club; and a director of the Easter Seal Rehabilitation Center.The last time I saw Bob was a few years ago at the wedding reception of a mutual friend.We had a drink together and talked about those olden days and county board adventures.Yes, we laughed about the rusty screw he and Hutchinson kept in that desk drawer. My sympathy goes out to Bob's widow, Lois, their three children and their grandchildren. Bob Kiep was a good man.He will be missed.
Herald News, The (Joliet, IL) Date: April 11, 2002
Author: John Whiteside Page: A2 Record Number: PFS1021361
Chicago Tribune (IL) - August 14, 2000
Helen Gallinger Kiep, age 95, died August 11, 2000. A former 50 year resident of LaGrange, IL. Mrs. Kiep died at her home of 12 years in Elmhurst, IL. Born October 25, 1904 in Oshkosh, WI. A graduate of Joliet Township High School Class of 1921; attended Joilet Business College. She married Robert J. Kiep at St. John Catholic Church on September 8, 1928. Mrs. Kiep was preceded in death by her husband, Robert J. Kiep (June 22, 1984) and her brother, Wayne Gallinger. She is survived by her sons,Richard P. (Jane) of Elmhurst and Peter J. (Marlene) of Santa Rose, CA; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and her brother, Gordon Gallinger of Oshkosh, WI. Funeral services for Helen Kiep will be Monday, August 14, 2000, 12 noon from the West Chapel to St. John Catholic Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 12:30 p.m. Interment St. John Cemetery. Visitation Monday morning 10 a.m. until time of services at Fred C. Dames West Chapel, 3200 Black at Essington Rd., Joliet. For information:815-741-5500.
Chicago Tribune (IL) Date: August 14, 2000
Edition: Chicago Sports Final Page: 6
Record Number: CTR0008140134
Chicago Tribune (IL) - May 18, 1945
Frank L. Kiep
Frank L. Kiep, 834 Waveland avenue, Thursday, May 17, beloved husband of Cecelia, nee Garrett; fond father of Mrs. Ernest W. Schneider, Francis L. Jr., and Erwin J. Kiep of Chicago, brother of Miss Josephine Kiep and Mrs. Mary Schreiner of Joliet. Resting at 2114 W. Irving Park road, and will be removed to 251 N. Center street, Joliet, Friday. Funeral Saturday, 9:30 a.m., to St. John's Catholic church at 10 o'clock. Interment St. John's cemetery, Joliet.
Chicago Tribune (IL) Date: May 18, 1945
Edition: Chicago Tribune Record Number: 19450518dn011
Chicago Tribune (IL) - April 15, 1945
DR. KIEP HANGED BY NAZIS IN FEAR OF PEACE MOVE Ex-Consul in N. Y. Killed to Warn Generals
FRANKFURT, Germany, April 14 -- Because the Nazis suspected him of being willing to negotiate a compromise peace with the allied nations in the name of the German army, Dr. Otto Kiep, one time consul general of Germany in New York and popular German press chief in the days of the Weimar republic, was sentenced to die on the gallows by a people's court, and was hanged in Berlin on Aug. 26, 1944.
The Nazis charged that he tried to "spread sedition among the troops," but friends with whom I talked declare Kiep was the victim of Foreign Minister Von Ribbentrop's personal hatred, and Heinrich Himmler's desire to scare army generals who were eager for a compromise peace in 1943.
Friends Reveal Fate
I met Kiep's friends whom I knew in Berlin in a small town which we conquered two days ago. They knew the full details of the tragedy. They declared that Von Ribbentrop and Himmler used the fact some of Kiep's friends in America and England kept pointing him out as the type of man with they could negotiate against him in the mock trial of the people's court.
Kiep resigned the foreign office at the outbreak of the war because of differences with Von Ribbentrop. He joined the army, which assigned him to its foreign affairs section. This increased Von Ribbentrop's hatred.
As Germany's military position deteriorated steadily toward the end of 1943 and the number of generals who wanted peace at any price increased at the same speed, the Nazis looked for a victim they could use to terrify the men interested in a peace compromise.
They first picked a close friend of Kiep, Count Herbert von Moltke, known to many Americans as a leader of German Christian Scientists. It is reported the count was sentenced to death Jan. 9, 1944, but there is no confirmation of his execution. The Nazis arrested Kiep's wife the same month. They tortured him within hearing of his wife. When that failed to break him, they staged the people's court trial which sentenced him to death July 1.
PHOTO CAPTION: Dr. Otto Kiep
Chicago Tribune (IL) Date: April 15, 1945 Edition: Chicago Tribune
Record Number: 19450415ob006
Journal News, The (Westchester County, NY) - November 17, 2003
Kiep, Leonore E.
Kiep, Leonore E., 64, of Rye Brook
Journal News, The (Westchester County, NY) Date: November 17, 2003
Page: 1B Record Number: wst2003111712303234
Chicago Tribune (IL) - May 19, 1952
Cecilia L. Kiep
Cecilia L. Kiep, 834 Waveland avenue, May 18, 1952, beloved wife of the late Frank L., loving mother of Irene Schneider, Francis L., and Erwin Kiep, fond grandmother of Joan, Anne, Katherine Schneider, James, and Irene Kiep, dear sister of Ann Heil of Cincinnati, O. At rest at chapel, 2114 Irving Park road. Funeral notice later.
Chicago Tribune (IL) Date: May 19, 1952
Edition: Chicago Tribune Record Number: 19520519dn073