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Eric G. Larsen
September 15, 1967 ~ May 18, 2023 (age 55) 55 Years Old
Eric Gary Larsen (Kordewick) of Itasca, IL and formerly of Hinsdale, IL passed away on May 18, 2023
If you called him Eric, Stosh or Brother, then you called him Friend and you know he was truly one of a kind. Eric always did things Eric's way but you couldn't hold it against him because no matter what he was doing, he was being the best. Eric did very little in his life without extensive research regarding the subject. Whether he was buying a car, learning about new technology, throwing a high school party (that people are still talking about to this day), making a drink or pierogies... it was the best. He never did anything half-assed and for this, we all have immense admiration.
Some of you may remember Eric Kordewick from your youth. That rebellious kid who thought he was smarter than you (chances are good, he was). He would be described as "wasting his talents" just because he didn't follow the rules. Trust us - he put his talents to good use. And besides, not following conventional social norms made life way more interesting.
Eric lost his Father, George L. Larsen (1947-1968) when he was just 14 months old. His Mother, Alexis M. Henkel (1949 - 1997) got remarried, to Tom Kordewick in 1970. Together they gave Eric a little sister, Leigh Kailyr (Kali) Kordewick (52) and a brother, Michael Edward Thomas Kordewick (48). Alexis and Tom divorced in the mid 80's and Eric went back to using his last name - Larsen.
When he found the social scene at U of I to be more interesting than the classes he made a name for himself there. And when he was invited not to return after his first year, he found a job working for a family owned manufacturing company. Eric worked as an Engineer, and eventually Engineering Manager at Sandee Manufacturing Co. in Franklin Park, for nearly 32 years.
Eric wasn't the easiest person to love but if you did, then he loved you right back. And although he never told you he loved you, he definitely showed it by paying close attention to you and remembering everything you said to him. He was notorious for presenting you with a spontaneous gift, the next time he saw you, that was related to a conversation you had or a story you may have told him. His gifts were generous and very thoughtful. And if he REALLY loved you, he let you hug him (and that's a very elite club).
Though he is sorely missed here on earth, he has now joined his parents. Mother, Father and Son are now reunited, and in this we can take solace. He leaves behind his sister Kali Kordewick, brother Mike Kordewick (Sommer) Niece Kailer, Nephew Kamden, Nephew Kasen as well as a great number of Family (Larsen, Kordewick, Henkel) and Friends who miss him dearly.
A Celebration of Life will be held on September 16, 2023 from 2pm - 5pm in Homer Glen.
A formal invitation will be sent to close friends and family. If you would like to be a part of this celebration please reach out to Kali Kordewick.