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John Barrett

John Barrett

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John Richard Barrett age 62. Beloved father of John Joseph. Loving son of the late John E. and Cecilia nee Beardsworth. Former spouse of Suzanne O’Leary. Dearest brother of Marylu (Jon) Baker, Joanne (Walter) Kiepura and Kathleen (Jack) Hahn. Dear uncle to Sam Baker, Julie (Baker) Schmidt, Stephen Hahn, Diana (Hahn) Fiket, Kristine (Hahn) Hernandez, Heather Kiepura, and Adam Kiepura. Great-uncle to Camden and Lila Baker, Jackson and Kennedy Kiepura, Aiden and Shawn Hahn, Olivia and Logan Fiket and Blake and Quinn Hernandez. John was an avid bagpiper, black belt in Hapkido, outdoorsman, woodcarver, chef, and enjoyed cowboy reenactment, costume design and being a leathersmith. Owner of Stockyard Johnny Red Custom Leather. He was a member of Chicago Stockyard Kilty Band and Oak Park Sportsman’s Club and had many numerous other interests. A graveside Funeral Service will be held Thursday February 13th at 12:00 Noon at Queen of Heaven Cemetery 1400 S. Wolf Rd. Hillside, IL60162. For those who are able to attend please meet at the parking lot by the cemetery office before noon. At 12:00 pm we will go as a group over to the graveside for services. Info TOHLE FUNERAL HOME 773-685-4400
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Service Details

  • Service

    Thursday, February 13th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    When
    Thursday, February 13th, 2020 12:00pm
    Location
    Queen of Heaven Cemetery
    Address
    1400 S. Wolf Rd.
    HILLSIDE, IL 60162
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Location
    Queen of Heaven Cemetery
    Address
    1400 S. Wolf Rd.
    HILLSIDE, IL 60162
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Iris

Posted at 12:28pm
John had good heart and a kind soul, may he Rest In Peace. My deepest sympathy to all who knew and loved him.
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Kathy Hahn

Posted at 11:33pm
To my brother John, you will be forever missed and never forgotten. Rest in peace my brother. You will always be in my heart.

April Martínez

Posted at 12:07am
I had the privilege of being on stage with John. He was very sweet and always had something sweet thing to day to make me smile. You'll be missed. Rest in peace, friend.
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Fr. Dan Brandt, CPD Chaplain

Posted at 09:56am
Heartfelt and prayerful condolences from the Chicago Police Chaplains. John will be remembered at the Police Mass on Sunday, 23 FEB, 11:00 a.m. at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls (1140 W. Jackson Blvd.) In the meantime, may family and friends know the healing touch of our all-loving, all-merciful God! [Police Chaplains Ministry: www.ChicagoPCM.org or 312/738-7588]

Joanne Kiepura

Posted at 03:57pm
Which memories shall I choose from a 62 year relationship with my brother, John? John’s name (and my name, a feminine derivative of John) means God is gracious. Truly God was most gracious in my brother John’s life. John was the most dearly loved, only son of our parents, John Eaton Barrett and Cecilia (Beardsworth) Barrett.

John was blessed and excelled with great artistic and creative talents. He created remarkable unique wood carving and leather art pieces. He taught himself and worked from his own imagination. He was so creatively talented.

John was a theatrical and musical performer, as our parents were. John participated in theatrical performance arts via local theatrical productions, western staged gunfights, and participation in the Chicago Stockyard Kiltie Band. And he was an excellent and creative cook.

John had the most amazing and generous friends. I marvel at the extent of the kindness and generosity his friends have demonstrated to him throughout his life. No greater friends has anyone had than my brother’s friends.

My brother deeply loved all of his family members, but struggled with the logistics of family and relationship.

I wish my brother peace and rest in the kingdom of Christ, our Savior.
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