Obituary for John Chapko Jr.
Entered into eternal life on August 6, 2017 at the age of 86. Longtime resident of South Milwaukee, John was married to Barbara (nee Starks) for 62 years. Loving father of Michael (Ida), Karen (Mark) Fairbanks, Nancy, and Terry (Paige Shuman). Cherished grandfather of Carly, Amanda, Julia (Michael), Natalie (Jason), Jonathan, Timothy, Tanner, Kendall, and Brendan. Proud great-grandfather of Amelia. He is further survived by other relatives and friends.
Born in Carrollville, Wisconsin, on September 14, 1930, the youngest of John and Magdalena’s eight children, John's early years were spent happily with family and friends at St. Matthew Catholic Church, Otjen School, and Weiss’ Farm. John served his country as a member of the US Air Force (1951-53). A skilled machinist, John completed an apprenticeship with Allis Chalmers, earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Industrial Engineering Technology from Milwaukee School of Engineering, and retired from a long career with General Electric where he proudly served as a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.
John was a loving and caring husband, father, and grandfather. He lived honestly and taught by example. He was strong in faith and in commitment. Though graced with gentle humor, he treated all with respect and kindness. A child of the depression, he understood the value of a dollar yet was generous to those in need. He approached age and infirmity with a quiet dignity. He will be deeply missed and in our hearts forever.
Family will greet friends on Wednesday, August 16 at St. Matthew Parish, (9329 S. Chicago Road, Oak Creek, WI 53154) from 1 to 2 pm with a service at 2 pm. Memorials in John’s name may be made to St. Matthew Parish Little Brick Church Fund or the Wisconsin Slovak Historical Society (3702 E Layton Avenue, Cudahy, WI 53110).