John Slezak, 83, died at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Heartland Healthcare in Champaign.
John was born on Sept. 30, 1929, in Reading, Penn., to Michael and Wanda Slezak. He married Delores Janas on March 21, 1987. She survives.
Also surviving are four sons, Michael Slezak of Champaign, Scott (Carla) Slezak of Albuquerque, N.M., Richard Slezak of Dixon, and David (Ginny) Slezak of Charlotte, N.C.; three step-daughters, Christie (Daryl) Hallman of Urbana, Mary (Dustin) Ashby of St. Louis, Mo., and Lisa Janas of St. Louis, Mo.; seven grandchildren, Paul, Timothy, Christopher and Matthew Slezak, Jodie Hallman and Carter and Colin Ashby; one sister, Ann (Joe) Cannon of King, N.C.; one brother, Michael (Sue) Slezak of Perkiomenville, Penn.; and former wife, Louise Slezak.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
John graduated from Penn State University in 1952 with a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering. After graduating, John worked in the petroleum industry before partnering to open the first Royal Donut in Danville. He then worked for 24 years as an Industrial Engineer for General Motors in Danville. John loved his job and was very proud of it.
He enjoyed the latest and greatest in technology, traveling, reading and gardening. John was a former member of the Elks Club and Moose Lodge. He will be fondly remembered for being ornery and strong-willed, but very loving.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, from 4-7 p.m. at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center Champaign-Urbana Chapel, 710 N. Neil St., Champaign. Funeral ceremony will be on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church, 102 N. State St., Champaign, with Deacon Christine Hopkins officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church.
Please join John’s family in sharing memories, photos and video of his life through his Tribute Wall at www.sunset