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Harry L Binks Jr.

November 11, 1930 ~ June 30, 2020 (age 89)


Harry L Binks Jr. age 89, of Glen Ellyn.  He was born November 11, 1930 in Oak Park IL.

He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 65 years, Patricia B. (nee Boynton) and his parents Harry L. Binks Sr. and Charlien F. Binks (nee Zuttermeister)

Loving father of Bradley Binks (Susan), Susan Siewert (Larry) both of Glen Ellyn

Dear Grandfather of Ashley Larson (Ryan) Silverdale, WA; Hilary Binks-Freniere (Anthony) Newton, MA; Madeline Spencer (Dan) Bradenton, FL; Erica Siewert Des Moines, IA; Leanne Siewert Glen Ellyn.

Great Grandfather of Isaac Larson, Vera Larson, Vincent Freniere.

Fond brother of Ronald C Binks San Antonio, TX.

Uncle of many nieces and nephews including Justin Binks, Livia Binks Waller (Geoffrey), Robert Boynton (Amy), Daniel Boynton (Theresa), Nancy Stika (Scott).

Coming from an entrepreneurial family starting with his grandfather, Joseph Binks, inventor of the paint spray gun, Harry attended University of Wisconsin Madison in engineering.  A life-long Badger fan Harry sported Badger Red proudly and enjoyed the great outdoors of Northern Wisconsin.

Harry started his career at Western Electric Hawthorne Works as a process engineer in guided missile systems and communication equipment.  From there he joined Warner Electric, South Beloit, WI directing industrial product and sales programs and advancing to Regional Sales Manager.

In 1961, feeling the entrepreneurial spirit, he started Automation Kinetics & Controls, a manufacturer’s representative agency in industrial power transmission and motion control.

In 2005 Harry, his son Brad, and business associate Maynard Wood, took the reins of Torque Technologies, Sarasota, FL, a national industrial import distribution company.  Harry continued to guide Torque Technologies to the success it is today.

Harry was just as dedicated to family and community.  He was a Sunday School teacher and deacon at the First Presbyterian Church Glen Ellyn, exhausted Rooster Glen Ellyn Jaycees, Chief in Indian Princesses and Indian Guides, Cub Scout Pack Leader Main Street School, Scout Master Troop 46 First Presbyterian Church and involved with many other volunteer activities.

Harry’s first love was his wife and family.  His second love was travel.  A history buff Harry researched every destination with a zest for adventure.  A highlight was standing amongst the King Penguins in Patagonia.

Known for his great sense of humor, Harry naturally nurtured and motivated those he touched.

In lieu of flowers donations to The National Audubon Society or the American Brain Tumor Association.

Burial and services were privately held at Forest Hill Cemetery, Glen Ellyn IL.

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