John Alan Perschke, age 75, of Johnsburg, passed away on Dec. 8, 2020 at Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. John was born April 5, 1945 in Chicago to Walter E. and Marie (Hildman) Perschke. The son of a Chicago fireman, John attended Lane Tech High School until moving with his family to McHenry in 1962, where he attended McHenry High School. It was at McHenry High School that he met a classmate of his who would become his future wife, Carol. On June 5, 1965, John was united in marriage with Carol Kuntz at St. Stephan’s United Church of Christ, Chicago.
John was employed as a packaging engineer at Intermatic for 31-1/2 years before retiring in 2008.
His main loves in life were family, fishing & slot machines! He was devoted to his families – related & chosen, loving when they could all be together and enjoying whatever was happening at the time. An avid fisherman, John never passed up an opportunity to fish with friends or family. John fished, especially for walleye, up north in WI, Canada & even Lake Erie. He smoked his pipe, loved it when the fish were biting but, if not, he just enjoyed being on the water. He was in the boat on Castle Rock Lake once when military jets flew low. He waved & got tilted wings in reply. In 1991, John and Carol bought a small place up north of the WI Dells in New Lisbon, where they enjoyed spending time. A few times a year, John enjoyed going to the casinos looking for just the right slot machine.
John was a devoted member of the McHenry Lions Club since 2001. He served in many capacities, including President. He was awarded a Melvin Jones Fellow for ‘dedicated humanitarian services’ from Lions Clubs International Foundation.
John is survived by his wife of 55.5 years, Carol; son, Roger; daughter and “son” by marriage, Colleen and Rick Moore; grandson, Ryan Moore (Melanie Evertsen); granddaughter, Rachel Moore (Daniel Purdom); brother, Bill Perschke of Phoenix, AZ; nieces, Julie & Lara; and nephews, Kurt, Rick, Rob, Ian, and Adam.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Walter R Perschke in 2016 and sister-in-law, Ellen Perschke in 2017
There will be no visitation due to COVID. Immediate Family will gather in person for a Celebration of Life on Dec 23, 2020 at 11:30 A.M. Extended Family and Friends are invited to watch via webcast via the following video link: https://jfh.link/perschke
His family suggests memorials in John’s name be sent to the McHenry Lions Club, PO Box 292, McHenry, IL 60051.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Justen Funeral Home & Crematory. For information, please call the funeral home at 815-385-2400 or visit www.justenfh.com, where friends and loved ones may share memories of John on his tribute wall.