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Thomas Edward Codak
April 28, 1941 ~ June 29, 2023 (age 82) 82 Years Old
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Thomas E. Codak passed away at the age of 82 with loved ones by his side on June 29, 2023.
Tom is survived by his wife Corelei (they had just celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary).
Corelei's children Donna (Mike), Joyce (Brian) and Dan (Jennifer); granddaughters Maura, Kelly, Sydnie; grandsons Logan and Ashton; great-grandchildren Molly, Miles, and Alexandra and his brother Bill Codak.
Former husband of Jenny Codak. Dad of Aaron (Chrissy), Tanya (Izzie), and Matt (Chanda).
Goofy grandfather to Sarah, Nathan, Jessica and Taylor.
Tom had such a strong work ethic, working 40+ years at the Post Office, along with side jobs of taxi driver, lifeguard and too many others to mention. His work ethic was a great example to his children. Tom always had his "dad" jokes ready to share at any gathering. Or one of his many made-up words- vacationing and camping around the US on many summer van trips which included hiking, biking, campfires, boating, fishing, swimming, and water skiing. We especially must mention Camp Nawakwa, in which Tom enjoyed taking the family for many decades. He was a go with the flow kind of guy with quirky ideas on the side. In his retirement he enjoyed gardening, even though he may have found the oddest areas to grow one, volunteering at the food pantry, fishing in Canada, and trying to expand the clam population in Big Crooked Lake. Tom especially enjoyed the College of Dupage theatre usher job that Corelei and him had together.
Tom never slowed down while pushing through the different bouts with cancer, after losing a leg in 2019, he was right back up on a prosthetic. He kept his independence by riding around on his adult tricycle around town. We can only hope to have at least a little bit of his zest for life and adventure.
A church service will be held in his honor at 11 AM on Saturday, July 15, 2023 at Village Green Baptist Church, 200 S. Lambert Rd., Glen Ellyn. Followed by a luncheon at the same location. For more information call (630) 469-0032.