Algirdas "Al" A. Underys

December 15, 1955November 24, 2021

Algirdas A. “Al” Underys, 65 of Arlington Heights was born December 15, 1955 in Chicago to Bronius and Aldona (Pemkus) Underys and passed away November 24, 2021. Al graduated from IIT in 1978 and had a prolific engineering career spanning 42 years at Finkl Steel, being awarded with 20 United States patents and over 100 international patents. He was also the inaugural recipient of the Forging Industry Association of America’s Lifetime Achievement award.

Al was the beloved husband of Janemarie (nee Abbs) Underys; loving father of Lauren (Gregory) Orf, Lucas (Kate) Underys and Andrew Underys; cherished grandfather of Benjamin, William and Claire; dear brother of Laima (Tomas) Petroliunas, Vitas (Taura) Underys and the late Ramunas (Laima) Underys; fond uncle of many nieces and nephews; devoted son-in-law of John and the late Julie Abbs and brother-in-law of Joellen (John) Beranek, John S. (Kim) Abbs, Jennifer Abbs, Jeremy (Andrea) Abbs and Jilanne (Bob) McLoraine. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 10:00 AM at St. James Catholic Church, 831 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights. Interment will follow at All Saints Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Finkl Scholarship Fund for Future Engineers, which Al helped to establish through the Forging Industry Educational & Research Foundation, of which he was a former President: Funeral info 847-253-5423 or


9 December

Committal Service

11:30 am - 11:45 am

All Saints Cemetery

700 N. River Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016


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Rick Martin

December 5, 2021

Al Underys was a great role model and terrific friend to me and others on the NFPA 86 and 87 technical committees. He was a 30-year volunteer whose heart and brain were aligned to help prevent fires and explosions in industrial heating devices like furnaces and fluid heaters. Al was Chair of NFPA 86 for ten years and then he was Chair of NFPA 87 for another ten years. He always ran the meetings according to "Bob's Rules of Order" (i.e. less formally than Robert's Rules) and he was always respected for his wisdom on how to handle contentious issues (which he called "spicy meatballs"). I miss him deeply.

Mary and Don Olson

December 3, 2021

We are so grateful for times we shared with Al. It is a true Blessing to consider him family. To be in his company was to experience joy and life at its fullest. The gifts he shared in this life will be remembered for a long time. His love lives on in his wonderful family.
With prayers and much love,
Mary and Don

Dan Caponigri

November 30, 2021

Al was a great guy. So down to earth and such a pleasure to be around. Our condolences to the family.

Jilanne McLoraine

November 27, 2021

Our dear brother Al was born with endless personal qualities. He loved our Lord and God and served him with all his heart and soul. Al will be missed and revered by all who knew him, and loved forever by his family and friends.

May he live eternally in perfect happiness.🙏🏻❤️

Jil and Bob


November 27, 2021

We will always always love you forever
We will always always miss you
Rest in peace Al

Joellen and John

Mike Gorey

November 26, 2021

We need more Al Underys in this world. A man who carried himself so well with his easy laugh and contagious smile.

A caring listener, humble though very, very smart.

He made coaching his son Lucas's soccer team easy, with the great support and enthusiastic encouragement he always brought to the games.

If he's not already there, may God, in his infinite mercy and goodness, bring Al home to His heavenly embrace soon.

And may the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, along with Our Lady, bring consolation overflowing to his family and loved ones during this sorrowful time.

Mary Bauer

November 26, 2021

Jane & Family
My deepest sympathy to all of you on the passing of your dear husband & dad. Know you’re in my thoughts & prayers.
Mary Bauer

Lynne grady

November 25, 2021

We are so blessed we had the pleasure to meet Al in Aruba. What a wonderful person he was . He is at peace now and no pain. Lynne and Steven Grady from NH

Jerry Novotny

November 25, 2021

I met Al during a CRHP program several years ago. He was part of the giving team and made the whole experience insightful and fun with his humor, smile and welcoming personality. Likely, Al is now acting as an ambassador for CRHP in Heaven.