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Updated: 06/12/2014 08:00:05AM

Herman Machleit

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Herman Machleit, 91, was chosen to be with our Lord, Sunday, June 8, 2014.

He was born Dec. 31, 1922, in Grosse Pointe, Mich.

Herman was a World War II Veteran who served proudly in the United States Army. He moved to the Chicago, Ill., area in 1953 with his family, and eventually settled in Grayslake, Ill., where he was a self-employed businessman in many facets of construction. He owned and operated Grayslake Paint and Glass Company in downtown Grayslake, and Machleit Construction Co.

Herman was especially knowledgeable in bridge and tunnel construction, and, in fact, became renowned in that field. He was sought out for his expertise and abilities by Healy, Ball, Horn and S.A. Healy as a Construction Superintendent for some of their deep tunnel projects, one in particular, the Chicago Deep Tunnel Project, as it was called. His profession required that he move where the work was, and so he and his family moved to Virginia, where he was involved in deep tunnel work in Washington, D.C. After retirement, Herman settled in Florida, where he made many friends and enjoyed church, golfing and fishing, but, most of all, his relationship with his family. His favorite times in retirement were when his children would come down to visit.

Herman leaves to cherish his memories his daughter, Kathleen (Douglas) Lombardo; his son, Keith (Becky) Machleit; dear daughter-in-law, Jayne; beloved companion, Joyce West; dear friend and former wife, Joann Machleit; grandchildren, Michael Lombardo, Jared, Kathleen, Chase and Max Machleit, and Dennis Cropp, many great-grandchildren; loving stepchildren, Michael (Michelle), Greg and Chris Warlick; and very special friends, Steve and Loretta Cooper, who were by his side always. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Jesse; his brother, Bill; former wife, Kathryn; and his son, Alan Machleit of Virginia.

Visitation will be held from 2:30 p.m. until a service at 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 13, 2014, at Gulf Cove United Methodist Church, 1100 S. McCall Road, Port Charlotte, Fla. Cake and coffee will be served at the church after the service. In lieu of flowers, you can make donations to Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.

Arrangements are by All Veterans-All Families Funerals & Cremations, Sarasota, Fla.

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