John "JV" Verklan Jr.

September 24, 2021


John Verklan, or “JV” as most called-him, 57, passed suddenly from this world on September 22, 2021.

 John, a loving husband, caring son, steadfast brother, fierce friend, and consummate tinkerer, was born on February 15, 1964, the first son of the late John Sr and Genell (Roark) Verklan. His family will remember him as a man’s man – if it involved the outdoors, made a lot of noise, or had a motor, JV was all-in. If he wasn’t in the garage working on something, you’d find him boating, fishing, snowmobiling, at target practice, 4-wheeling, grilling, or camping. The favorite uncle who had mini bikes and go carts, he loved to make others happy. A collector of anything mechanical, he loved to go to swap meets, perhaps making a few purchases, then fixing-up and selling (or trading) his latest find. JV’s garage always had tunes playing, cold beers in his fridge, and friends.

 Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Dawn (Eddy); daughter, Rachael (Verklan-Cozzi) Comminos; mother, Genell; sisters, Lavern (the late Joseph) Hertz, Lisa (Matt) Johnson, and Mary (Ed) Friese; and brother, Gerald (Sherry). He is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

 JV stories will be shared at the Tezak Funeral Home, 1211 Plainfield Rd in Joliet, on Sunday September 26th, from 2:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.

Prayers will be held in the chapel Monday, September 27, 2021 at 9:20 A.M. and driving in procession for a mass of christian burial to be held at 10:00 St. Mary Nativity Catholic Church in Joliet. Interment will follow and John will be laid to rest next to his father at St. Mary Immaculate Cemetery in Plainfield.

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September 26, 2021

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Tezak's Home to Celebrate Life
1211 Plainfield Road
Joliet, IL 60435

Mass of Christian Burial
September 27, 2021

10:00 AM
St. Mary Nativity Catholic Church (Crest Hill)
706 N Broadway Street
Joliet, IL 60435

Committal Service
September 27, 2021

11:00 PM
St. Mary Immaculate Cemetery
15629 S Rt. 59
Plainfield, IL 60544

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