Edward Bernard Stacknick Jr


Edward “Butch” Bernard Stacknick Jr, of McHenry, IL passed away peacefully on February 28, 2022 in Phoenix, AZ at the age of 77.

Butch, as he is known to his friends and family was born in Chicago and raised in McCullom Lake, where he met lifelong friends John Boyle and Jack DeMar and spent his younger years heavily involved in baseball, basketball, hunting and fishing. Butch attended St Mary’s and McHenry High School and after graduating in 1962 got a Wrigley Field try out as a pitcher for the hometown Chicago Cubs! Butch proudly and honorably served his country in the US Navy from 1962-1966 and was stationed on the USS Ticonderoga off the coast of Japan. After the Navy, he returned to McHenry where he began his career at Searle Pharmaceuticals and married Judy Cicchini. Butch, Judy and his daughters Michelle and Kelly moved to Phoenix, AZ in 1983 where he worked as a plant manager for Proctor and Gamble until retirement.

His greatest joy was spending time with Michelle and Kelly and raising his family.

In retirement, Butch returned to his roots and moved back to McHenry where he was known to enjoy a daily 4pm cocktail hour with his buddy Jack and weekly family dinner nights at George and Donna Dietrich’s family home. He had recently relocated back to Phoenix in December 2021 to be closer to his daughters and their families and enjoyed soaking up the Arizona sunshine at several family gatherings before his passing.

He is preceded in death by his parents Marge and Ed Stacknick and his sister Bette O’Halloran. He is survived by his beloved daughters Michelle Stacknick and Kelly Stacknick of Phoenix, AZ, his sister Patricia Mueller and many nieces and nephews and dear friends.

A celebration of life will occur in McHenry in May 2022 where his ashes will be laid to rest near his beloved McCullom Lake with a small reception to follow- details to be determined. Please contact Michelle or Kelly for more information.

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