May 28, 2024

Frank Uranich

Frank A. “Roch” Uranich

Frank A. “Roch” Uranich, 92 of Peru died at 9:44 p.m. Feb. 28, 2020, in Manor Court, Peru. A funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Joseph’s Church, Peru. Monsignor Richard Soseman, Pastor of Peru Catholic Parishes, will officiate.

Burial will follow at Peru City Cemetery. Peru Memorial Veterans Group will conduct full military honors. Visitation will be in the church from 9:30 a.m. Wednesday until the time of services. Burgess Funeral Home in La Salle is handling the arrangements.

He was born Oct. 26, 1927, in Milwaukee, Wis., to Frank and Josephine (Zupan) Uranich.

His education was a traveled road starting at Oglesby Washington School, to La Salle-Peru Township High School (1941-45). His education was halted in March 1946 where he enlisted in the Navy at Holy Cross College in Massachusetts. He was discharged June 1946 due to the ending of World War II. From 1951 to 1953, he was drafted in the Army. He did a tour of duty in Germany during the Korean War and was discharged in 1953. In 1955, he continued his education by going to La Salle-Peru-Oglesby Junior College. After junior college, he enrolled at Bradley University in Peoria from 1957 to 1960, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering.

He married Nancy Thompson on Nov. 27, 1954, in Holy Rosary Church, La Salle. Frank and Nancy just celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in November.

His work resume consisted of working at the Seneca Shipyard in Seneca, Eicore in Oglesby, and as an engineer for 36 years at Westclox in Peru until its closing in 1980. He then went to the Rock Island Arsenal as an engineer for 11 years where he retired in 1991.

He was a member of St. Joseph Church in Peru, the Oglesby American Legion Post 237, and the Knights of Columbus in La Salle 792.

He is survived by his wife; son Jeff Uranich (Peggy Miskowiec) of Peru and daughter, Sue(Todd) Rosenthal of Moline; four grandchildren, Keeley (Christopher) Schmid, Cory (Anne) Uranich, Ryan Rosenthal, and Mia Uranich; three great-grandchildren, Khloe and Kinsley Schmid and Gia Uranich; one sister, Josephine Pastor of Rockford; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Frances Kasperski and Ollie Kitts. Online condolences may be expressed at In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for his favorite charities.