John Harold Kevek
1929 - 2013
John, 84, passed away on July 17, 2013, following a short illness. In his family home of nearly 70 years with his family by his side, he peacefully drifted away.
John was born June 28, 1929, in Cashton, Wis., to Michael and Olga Kevek (Nichaporuk). In 1946, Johns family moved to the Pleasant Prairie where he would spend the rest of his life working the family farm first with his siblings and then with his own family. Known as a stern but fair man, John was well loved by many and known throughout the community.
John married the love of his life, Joann Urbanc, on April 20, 1968. Prior to starting their own family, John loved to dance and could be found most Saturday nights in a dance hall. John and Joann were blessed with the arrival of five children whom he treasured as his greatest accomplishments. John was also very proud of his 25 years of service as a voluntary fireman for the town of Pleasant Prairie. He loved to garden, drive his semi loaded with grain to Chicago, and tinker around the farm ready for a conversation with anyone who came along.
John is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Joann and their five children, Joseph, Dan (Kari), Janet, and Andrew, all of Pleasant Prairie, and Anthony of Hackensack, N.J. He is also survived by his sister, Irene (Roy) Hannig of Sandy, Oregon; sister, Mary Buza Jones of Anchorage, Alaska, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mike and Olga Kevek, his brothers Raymond and Walter Kevek; his sister, Anna; his sister-in-law, Birdie Kevek; brothers-in-law, Al Buza, Walter Jones, and Paul Bondaruk; his nephew, Michael Kevek, and his great niece, Crystal Elfering.
Funeral services will be held at the Proko Funeral Home for John on Monday, July 22, 2013, at 11 a.m. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Sunday evening from 4-7 p.m. and will continue on Monday from 10:30 until time of service. Entombment will follow at All Saints Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations in Johns memory to the Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue Association, 8044 88th Avenue, Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158.
Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
Phone: (262) 654-3533
Visit Johns Online Memorial Book at:
Proko Funeral Home
5111 60th St.
Kenosha, WI 53144
Published online at KenoshaNews.com on July 18, 2013