Oren S. Banks. Age 85, formerly of Wilmington, and Gardner, passed away Tuesday, December 10, 2013 in Winnsboro, Texas.
Born April 2, 1928, in Pittsburg, IL to the late Artie and Ethel (Crossen) Banks. He served during World War II with the United States Army and then in the Korean War with the United States Air Force. Formerly owned "Opportunity Homes", a construction company that built many homes in the Ropp and Lakewood Shores Subdivisions, both located in Wilmington. Past President of the Wilmington Rotary Club and previous member of the Joliet Board of Realtors.
In his retirement, Oren became a minister and served at the United Methodist Church in Ritchie for eight years and continued to serve many Methodist churches throughout the local area.
Surviving are two sons, Marion Lee (Tina) Banks of Winnsboro, TX and Lawrence Dale (Juanita) Banks of Talco, TX; two daughters, Anne (John) Mixen of Naperville and Jane (Steve Lindquist) Woodcock of Gardner; thirteen grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; one brother, Robert G. Banks; and nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his first wife, Frances (Hintze) Banks and his second wife, Marjorie (Woodcock) Banks; one granddaughter, Michelle Lee Banks; brothers, Patrick L. Crossen and Artie Banks, Jr.; and one sister, Eleanor Simmons.Funeral services will be at the R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, Ltd. & Crematory, Braidwood Chapel, Tuesday, December 17, at 7 p.m. with visitation two hours preceding services. Pastor Bob Fear will officiate. Cremation rites accorded following services. Inurnment with military honors will be at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood on Wednesday, December 18, at 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his name may be directed to the United Methodist Church's in Ritchie and Braceville for missions. For more information and sign his online guestbook please log on to: www.rwpattersonfuneralhomes.com.