John Edward Chenicek, 65, who lived almost his entire life in Forest Park, the town he loved, died on March 2, 2020. 

A 1972 graduate of Proviso East High School, he was a longtime active member of the First United Church of Christ in Forest Park and a loving caregiver for his mother for many years until she passed in 2005. His love of animals was apparent throughout his lifetime as he adopted many stray dogs and cats and gave them a forever home. He was an avid Chicago sports fan and always enjoyed watching or talking about his Cubs, White Sox, Bulls, Black Hawks and, of course, da Bears.  

His faith was strong, his heart was big and his soul was kind.

John Chenicek was preceded in death by his parents Clara (DeVries) and George Chenicek, and he is survived and will be sadly missed by his sister, Kristine Chenicek-Fisher; his brother-in-law, Ed Fisher; his niece, Taylor (David) Biddle; and his nephew, Greyson Fisher. He will also be fondly remembered by his many wonderful cousins and friends.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.