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Slemon "Tiger" Yonan

December 20, 1921 - April 4, 2018

Slemon “Tiger” Yonan was one of our countries last remaining heroes from the greatest generation. (12/20/1921 to 04/04/2018) Born in Iraq in December of 1921; his family brought him to America when he was five because Christians were being persecuted and his parents knew their family needed a chance at a better life. …read more

Slemon “Tiger” Yonan was one of our countries last remaining heroes from the greatest generation. (12/20/1921 to 04/04/2018) Born in Iraq in December of 1921; his family brought him to America when he was five because Christians were being persecuted and his parents knew their family needed a chance at a better life. After attending Waller High School and a year at Wright Junior College, Tiger fought for our country in the 82nd Airborne Division during World War II. After his years of service, he acquired an American United Taxi Cab medallion. He spent tireless hours driving his cab earning money to help support him and his parents. When the cab needed repairs, he would be unable to work until the repairs were complete. With his strong work ethic, he decided to ask the owner of the repair shop if he could help out so he could get back to driving his taxi sooner. He was such a hard worker that the owner asked him if he if he wanted a job. He worked at the body shop during the weekdays and drove the cab on the weekends. His brothers would help by driving the cab during the week. As soon as he saved up enough money, he opened his own shop, Tiger’s Body Shop; the same one Greg & Scott run today. He loved golfing and fishing and would do one or the other whenever he had an opportunity. If someone wanted to play a round of golf, you could always hear him saying “lets go life is short”. After 96 years, life might of been short for some but not Tiger. Tiger is survived by his loving wife Gloria of nearly 59 years. His three children whom he loved that he would do anything for Julie, Greg (Joanne) & Scott (Yvette) as well as three grandchildren that he absolutely adored Daniel, Allison and Adam. With too many nieces, nephews & cousins to list who all have fond memories and Uncle/Cousin Tiger stories to tell. Visitation Friday 3-8pm with prayer service at 6:30pm at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home, 6150 N. Cicero Ave., Chicago. Funeral Saturday 10:30am at the funeral home. Interment Elmwood Cemetery. For info 773-736-3833 or visit Tiger’s memorial at www.smithcorcoran.com.

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Visitation Information

Date: Friday, April 13, 2018

Time: 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Smith-Corcoran Chicago Chapel

6150 N. Cicero Ave
Chicago, IL 60646

Service Information

Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018

Time: 10:30 am

Smith-Corcoran Chicago Chapel

6150 N. Cicero Ave
Chicago, IL 60646

Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018

Elmwood Cemetery

2905 Thatcher Road
River Grove, IL 60171

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