Richard Servatius died 19 August 1965

Richard N. Servatius

Richard N. Servatius 44, 507 E. Jefferson ST., president and general manager of Modern Plating Corp. which operates plants here and in Rockford, died early Thursday in his home after suffering an apparent heart attack. The firm he headed was founded by his father , Nicholas, in 1936 in Freeport. Mr. Servatius was a member of the
American Electroplaters Society and the National Association of Metal Finishers. He was active with the Freeport Chamber of Commerce and also a member of St. Joseph's catholic Church, the Veteran's of Foreign Wars, the Germania Club and the Knights of Columbus. He was a graduate of Aquin Central Catholic High School and a World War II veteran, serving with the Marines. He was born Feb. 23, 1921, in Chicago, son of Nicholas and Anna Haas Servatius, and married Lucille Eberle Jan. 12, 1946, in Freeport. Survivors are his widow; a daughter, Susan' three sons, Richard, Nicholas, and David all at home; his mother;' and a sister, Mrs. Eleanor Boegel, Bayport, Long Island, N.Y. Services will be Saturday at 8:30 a.m. in Schwarz Funeral Home and at 9:00 a.m. in St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Friends may call after 1p.m. today in the funeral home, where the rosary will be recited at 8 o'clock tonight.

Nicholas Servatius

Nicholas Servatius, 1536 W. Stephenson St., founder and president of Modern Plating Corp., died at 8:30 this morning in a Freeport Hospital. Born April 16, 1888 in Bausendorf, Germany, he was the son of Nicholas and Katherine Servatius. He came to United States in 1912 and moved Freeport in 1935, establishing Modern Plating in 1936. Mr. Servatius married Anna Haas in 1913 in Chicago. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Germania Club, Freeport Country Club, an honorary member of the American Electroplaters' Society, a trustee and member of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, The Holy Name Society, and the Loyal Order of Moose.

Plant Expands

Modern Plating began with seven employees in the former Holtum Mfg. Co. and moved to South Hancock Avenue in 1938. Last August Mr. Servatius announced the purchase of the Rockwell plant in the Arcade additions, after outgrowing the South Hancock Avenue Plant. The firm is now in the process of remodeling the Rockwell plant.

Surviving are his wife: a son, Richard, Freeport, the vice president and financial secretary of the company; one daughter, Mrs. Eleanor Boegel, Bay Port N.Y. , two brothers, Henry and Peter both of Cologne, Germany and nine grandchildren. Services will be at 9:30a.m. Tuesday at the Schwarz Funeral Home, and at 10a.m. in St. Thomas Aquinas Church. Very Rev. Msgr. A.J. O'Neill, pastor will officiate. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery. The Rosary will be recited at 8p.m. Monday in the funeral home where friends may call after 7p.m. Sunday.  

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