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John R.  Jurek, Sr.

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“I was shocked and saddened to learn that John was tragically killed while taking his daily early morning walk. I live on Portage and saw John...Read More »
1 of 35 | Posted by: Sidney Blanchet - South Bend, IN

“I only knew Mr. Jurek for his greeting wave and smile as I passed him, walking, as I drove my school bus down Portage Ave. I was very saddened to...Read More »
2 of 35 | Posted by: Barbara Amick - South Bend, IN

“I did not know John personally except seeing him every morning walking down Portage Ave. while driving my school bus. He always waved to me and all...Read More »
3 of 35 | Posted by: Kathy Walczreski - South Bend, IN

“I will miss John's friendly wave as I honked my horn driving down Portage Avenue. "Portage". The carrying of cargo between two navigable waters. ...Read More »
4 of 35 | Posted by: Damian Dieter - south Bend, IN

“So very sorry for your loss. I've known John for years as a platelet donor. I know his donations saved countless lives. ”
5 of 35 | Posted by: Wendy Flora - Acquaintance

“Dear Vicki and family, The Michiana Concert Band wishes to express our condolences on the sudden passing of your father. A tragic loss of life...Read More »
6 of 35 | Posted by: David Fox - Mishawaka, IN

“We will miss John so much, on Tuesday noon at the Seniors Bowling League at Chippewa Bowl. John always had a smile on his face and hugs for many of...Read More »
7 of 35 | Posted by: Janet Bonek - South Bend, IN

“My thoughts and prayers are with you. I worked as an with John for the last 20 years. I never saw him without a smile on his face! ”
8 of 35 | Posted by: Leann Sullivan - Elkhart, IN

“John was our daughter-in-love, Jen Turnock Litzman's maternal grandpa. We had the pleasure of meeting & seeing John & Joan on several occasions...Read More »
9 of 35 | Posted by: Debbi Fritz - Rogers, AR

“When I would attend 8:30 am Sunday mass at Holy Cross Church, John would be the first to say hello to me with a great big bear hug! We always sat...Read More »
10 of 35 | Posted by: catherine kuminecz - south bend, IN

“I was in the Holy Cross Choir with Joan and John Jurek. They were fun to be with and very kind. When I had a baby in April, 1983 both of them...Read More »
11 of 35 | Posted by: Patti Tarbet - South Bend, IN

“Alien and I are so sorry for your loss. Prayers and Hugs ”
12 of 35 | Posted by: Alien Judy Gould - Bristol, IN

“My deepest sympathy to the entire Jurek family. John was such a good person and so great to work with. I always respected and admired him for the...Read More »
13 of 35 | Posted by: Karl Zimmer - Denver, NC

“RIP ”
14 of 35 | Posted by: Tracey Bope - South Bend, IN

“Rest in Peace with our Savior Jesus Christ my Friend.The Notre Dame womens basketball games will never be the same. ”
15 of 35 | Posted by: John-n-Peggy Milliken - Bristol, IN

“Such a tradegy, a vibrant man. So sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family.The Pasman family ”
16 of 35 | Posted by: Pasman Family - IN

“May John rest in the peace of Christ.+ ”
17 of 35 | Posted by: Jamea Bankowski - South Bend, IN

“My family did not personally know Mr. Jurek but we loved him all the same. Every morning for years we hAve seen him walking as we drove to school at...Read More »
18 of 35 | Posted by: Julie Knight

“I didn't know your loved one personally but he was an inspiration to me for years. I've seen this young man walk daily and say if he can do this no...Read More »
19 of 35 | Posted by: Deb Diggins - South Bend, IN

“Joan, my heart goes out to you and your family. You have been in my prayers ever since the accident. What a special person he was. ”
20 of 35 | Posted by: Joan Halterman - South Bend, IN

“He was a amazing man and fantastic Scout Master. He will be truly missed rest in peace Mr.Jurek ”
21 of 35 | Posted by: Dale Kusmiez - South Bend, IN

“Steven and Adam and family, you have the Condolences of Vicki and me. I always enjoyed talking with John about the family, service in Korea and...Read More »
22 of 35 | Posted by: David Loughlin - South Bend, IN

“My thoughts are with your family during this difficult time. I have heard many extraordinary things about John and the contributions he has made in...Read More »
23 of 35 | Posted by: Kara Eaton - Fort Wayne, IN

“RIP John, until we meet again ”
24 of 35 | Posted by: Ken Van Nevel - Granger, IN

“My thoughts and prayers are with Joan and the family. John was one of the best men I've ever known. ”
25 of 35 | Posted by: Connie Van Nevel - IN - Friend

“Rest in peace ”
26 of 35 | Posted by: Ken Jurek - Sarasota, FL - Family

“Uncle John was my favorite uncle growing up as a child, he was so strong, healthy, fun loving and always smilimg, I called him my Pretty Uncle Johnny...Read More »
27 of 35 | Posted by: Susan VanVynckt Baker - Okahumpka, FL

“Uncle John was my favorite uncle growing up, I called him Pretty Uncle Johnny, he and Aunt Joan were my God parents and there was a time when I was...Read More »
28 of 35 | Posted by: Susan Van Vynckt Baker - FL

“I got to know John through Notre dame men's basketball and the south bend medical foundation he was my Monday donor always had a smile and always...Read More »
29 of 35 | Posted by: Katie Williams. - Granger, IN

“Prayers for the Jurek family. I enjoyed working with John. We were at Krizman together. ”
30 of 35 | Posted by: Marilyn Cherrone - Lakeville, IN

“Miss u very much ”
31 of 35 | Posted by: Joann Fetter - South bend, IN

“On behalf of the entire usher program, please accept our deepest sympathies. Our thought and prayers are with you and your family during this...Read More »
32 of 35 | Posted by: Jim Smith - Elkhart, IN

“John was my Monday donor at the south bend medical foundation he was a wonderful man great smile I also knew him through Notre Dame men's basketball...Read More »
33 of 35 | Posted by: Katie Williams - Granger, IN

“JohnI will miss you sitting in my retired ushers section, coming in the stadium will that smile. Always kind words and stories about how it used...Read More »
34 of 35 | Posted by: Chuck Brown - South Bend, IN

“Although I have only worked with John for the past four years and only at basketball games, there wasn't a game that I worked where he didn't make me...Read More »
35 of 35 | Posted by: Jeanne Harrison - Osceola, IN


John R. Jurek, Sr., 84, of South Bend, IN, passed away at 7:46 p.m. Saturday, November 5, 2016 at Memorial Hospital, South Bend, IN, as a result of an automobile/pedestrian accident that occurred October 31, 2016.
He was born on April 26, 1932 to the late Stanley and Theodora (Zawodny) Jurek in South Bend, IN, and was a lifelong area resident. Along with his parents; he was preceded in death by two daughters, Marie Turnock; an infant daughter, Catherine Jurek; and two sisters, Cecelia Kish and Gertrude "Trudy" Hoffman.
John was a 1951 graduate of South Bend Catholic High School and attended Butler University on a football scholarship. He retired in 1994 from Krizman, Inc. in Mishawaka, IN, where he worked as a Warehouse Coordinator for 23 years. Prior to that, he worked at the U.S. Postal Service for 20 years.
On May 9, 1953, he married Barbara "Joan" Van Vynckt at St. Monica Catholic Church in Mishawaka, IN.
John is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Barbara "Joan" Jurek of South Bend, IN; one daughter, Victoria Chidister of South Bend, IN; five sons, John Jurek, Jr. of Osceola, IN; Dan Jurek of Mishawaka, IN; Michael Jurek of South Bend, IN; David (Dawn) Jurek of South Bend, IN; Steven (Eileen) Jurek of Indianapolis, IN; 10 grandchildren, Jennifer (Chad) Litzman of Texas; Heather (Devon) Mastrin of AZ; John J. (Lisa) Jurek of South Bend, IN; William (Melissa) Jurek of Osceola, IN; Rebecca (Ryan) Noojin of Granger, IN; Jeremy Jurek of Osceola, IN; Trevor Chidister of South Bend, IN; Sarah (Nathan)Rains of South Bend, IN; Veronica Jurek of South Bend, IN; Adam (fiancee Sabrina) Jurek of South Bend, IN; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; three sisters, Evelyn Antonowicz of CA; Pat Palkowski of South Bend, IN; Barbara Jagman of Virginia; two brothers, Stanley (Virginia) Jurek and Eugene (Rosalie) Jurek, both of South Bend, IN; and a son-in-law, Don Turnock.
John was a member of Holy Cross Parish, where he served as an usher at the church for many years. He was a Holy Cross Scout Master for 16 years; a member of Knights of Columbus Council #553 and American Legion Post #357. John was a former usher at the University of Notre Dame Football Stadium for 40 years and was currently working as an usher at the Purcell Pavilion for both basketball and volleyball. He was a very dedicated Blood Donor (currently the #1 donor at South Bend Medical Foundation) giving over 700 times to date. John was named the Citizen of the Month for the 1st district in 2004. John bowled in two bowling leagues, The Golden Gang and the Knights of Columbus for many years. He participated in the Senior Olympics for several years, where he won many gold and silver medals. John also volunteered with the Telephone Pioneers, Jerry Lewis Telethon, and many other charities. He was known as the "walker" on Portage Avenue, as he walked 6 miles every morning.
John was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving from 1952 – 1954, where he spent 17 months in Korea.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, November 10, 2016 at Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive, South Bend, IN, where a rosary will be recited at 2:00 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, November 11, 2016 at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery, where Military Services will be conducted by American Legion Post #357.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Holy Cross Catholic Church, 920 Wilber Street, South Bend, IN 46628 or please donate blood in John's memory at the South Bend Medical Foundation.
To send online condolences, please visit www.kaniewski.com.