US Army

Joseph T. Chopp

March 19, 1932 ~ June 3, 2021 (age 89)



Joseph T. Chopp, loving and devoted husband of Ruth Ann (nee Janky).  Loving father of Joseph T. (the late Wanda) (Emaly Impallaria) Chopp Jr., Daniel (Ann) Chopp, Diane (Jack) Stopar and Joanne (Jay) Oxford.  Cherished Grandpa of Joseph T.  (Stacey Tokarz) Chopp III, James (Emily) Chopp, Ashley Bridgeforth, Kaitlyn (Andrew) Geiss, Alexis Jo Bridgeforth, Jake Stopar, Bridget Julian, Maura Julian, Riley Oxford, Keira Ruth Chopp, Reagan Oxford, Daniel J. Chopp Jr., and Tyler Oxford.  Adoring Great Grandpa of Allison, Kyla, Nyah Jo, Adam, Benjamin, Estelle Ruth, Xavier Joseph, Miles, Owen and Mladen.  Fond brother of the late Marie (William) McNamara, Josephine (Edward) McElligott, Dorothy (John) Kucala, Jane (William) Garvin, Patricia (Leonard) Peterson & James (Phyllis) Chopp.  Revered brother-in-law of the late Joseph (Elaine) Janky, George (Kim) Janky, Susanne (Michael) Pugh and Robert (Kym) Janky.  Loving uncle to numerous nieces and nephews and dear friend to many; and BOSS to all.

Joseph “Bud” Chopp was born to Joseph and Mary Chopp and raised on the southside of Chicago.  He attended and graduated St. Rita of Cascia High School where his love of football started as their star player.  In 1952 he joined the Army and honorably served during the Korean War.

Joe spent most of his years working in the construction field, beginning with helping the family concrete business, Chopp Construction Company.  Eventually retiring at the age of 70 after spending 39 years working for Case Foundations.  He had an impeccable work ethic and was proud of his contributions toward the incredible Chicago skyline.

In 1962, Joe married Ruth Ann Janky and started their family.  They moved to Oak Forest, Illinois where they raised their 4 children for 39 years.  Joe’s enjoyment of golf and warm weather brought them to Ft. Myers, Florida to live in the wonderful community of Century 21 where many unforgettable friendships were formed during water aerobics, shuffleboard, pool league, playing cards and bingo with the ladies.    

Joe was always the happiest around his family.  He enjoyed watching everyone have a good time, listening to music on his numerous juke boxes, sharing stories and starting random dance parties.   He also loved spending time with his extended family at the cottage in Grand Junction, MI and patrolling the public beach. 

 Visitation will be Sunday, June 6, 2021 from 3:00 - 8:00 pm at Brady-Gill Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, June 7, 2021 at 12:00 pm at St. Damien Catholic Church located at 5300 155th Street, Oak Forest, IL.  Military Funeral Honors burial ceremony will be held on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at Abe Lincoln National Cemetery located at 20953 W. Hoff Road, Elwood, IL 60421. Joe's family would like people to drop a quarter in a juke box and remember a great memory of him. 

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June 6, 2021

3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Brady-Gill Funeral Home
16600 S. Oak Park Ave.
Tinley Park, IL 60477

Funeral Mass
June 7, 2021

12:00 PM
St. Damian Catholic Church
5300 W. 155th St.
Oak Forest, IL 60452

June 9, 2021

11:30 AM
Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood

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