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Jeffrey James Yordy b. 2 Dec 1958 Chicago, Cook Co., IL d. 29 Mar 2014 Chicago, Cook Co., IL: The Schrock-Birkey Connection

Jeffrey James Yordy

Male 1958 - 2014  (55 years)

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  • Name Jeffrey James Yordy  [1
    Born 2 Dec 1958  Chicago, Cook Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Teacher 
    USR1 Heart surgery 
    Died 29 Mar 2014  Chicago, Cook Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • NorthwesternMemorial Hospital
    Person ID I6126  Schrock-Birkey Connection
    Last Modified 6 Feb 2019 

    Father James Walter Yordy,   b. 5 Sep 1932, Peoria, Peoria Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Feb 2016, Tucson, Pima Co., AR Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Mother June Louise Davis 
    Family ID F669  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Patricia Lee Drzal 
    Married 9 Aug 1980 
     1. Zachary James Yordy
     2. Jacob Jeffrey Yordy
     3. Nathaniel Edward Yordy
    Last Modified 23 Feb 2013 
    Family ID F4260  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 2 Dec 1958 - Chicago, Cook Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 29 Mar 2014 - Chicago, Cook Co., IL Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Obit:
      Joan Giangrasse Kates, Special to the Tribune

      Survivors include his wife, Patty; three sons, Zach, Jake and Nate; his parents, Jim and June; a brother, Jonathan; and three sisters, Janice Sutter, Jill Stasch and Jeanne.

      Jeffrey J. Yordy, an award-winning horticulture teacher at Glenbrook South High School in Glenview, brought out the best in his students by giving them meaningful projects.

      Among his assignments were preparing wedding bouquets and floral arrangements for school functions, overseeing the design and landscape of the school's courtyard and creating a vegetable garden on school property that has provided hundreds of pounds of produce for a local food pantry.

      "He looked for opportunities for students to engage in real-world projects," said Brian Wegley, principal at Glenbrook South. "He found fun and creative ways for them to leave their own fingerprints throughout our school."

      Mr. Yordy, 55, who also helped integrate horticulture into programs for special needs students at Historic Wagner Farm in Glenview, died Saturday, March 29, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, after recent heart surgery. He was a longtime resident of Libertyville.

      "As we began developing horticulture programs for children with special needs, Jeff was one of the consultants that gave us some wonderful ideas," said Todd Price, director of the Historic Wagner Farm. "He was a real help to us."
      Mr. Yordy was selected as Glenbrook South's Distinguished Teacher in 2010 and was a finalist that year for a Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. He inspired some of his students to go into horticulture, among them Brett McNish, a supervisory horticulturist for the Smithsonian Gardens in Washington.
      "He must have seen some measure of potential in an awkward 16-year-old that to this day I will be forever grateful," said McNish, a 1994 Glenbrook South graduate. "But I was hardly the only student that felt this way. After learning of his passing, I went online and found an outpouring of love and affection for Mr. Yordy." McNish said he exchanged emails with Mr. Yordy a few weeks ago.
      "He said he was proud of me. A more fulfilling affirmation is not possible," he said.

      Mr. Yordy was the sponsor of the school's horticulture club since 1987 and of the horticulture national team since 1992, school officials said. He led students in national Future Farmers of America nursery/landscape and floriculture competitions for more than two decades, winning 22 state championships. He also served as president of the Metropolitan Agriculture and Horticultural Teachers' Association.

      In 2006 and '07, he and his students presented the Glenbrook South Flower & Garden Show, which transformed the school's Lyceum "into a landscaped wonderland," according to Wegley.

      "Mr. Yordy was a passionate teacher, respected and loved by his students; an esteemed leader in the field of horticulture education," Wegley wrote in a statement posted to the school's website. "As Glenbrook South's horticulture instructor and the one who created and cultivated a nationally-recognized horticulture and floriculture program, Mr. Yordy defined a brilliant teacher."
      Born in Chicago, Mr. Yordy was a 1977 graduate of Morton West High School in Berwyn. He received a bachelor's degree in ornamental horticulture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1982, and eight years later, he received a master's degree in education from Northern Illinois University.
      After teaching for two years at the Lake County Area Vocational Center, Mr. Yordy joined the science department at Glenbrook South in 1984, initially teaching biology. He also was an assistant football coach from 1984 to 2001 and worked on the Student Assistance Program team, which addresses and guides difficult decisions on student issues.

      "I'd describe Jeff as completely consistent in every way," Wegley said. "He cared about all of his students, all of the time, and that meant a lot to them."

      Services were held.

  • Sources 
    1. [S118] James W Yordy Genealogy, June Yordy.

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