John F. Shallcross

September 15, 1949April 5, 2021

Born in Chicago, Illinois on September 15, 1949, to the late John Edward and Mary (nee Atherton) Shallcross, formerly of Medinah, Illinois.

John passed away peacefully, following four days at JourneyCare Hospice Center in Barrington, Illinois, on Monday, April 5, 2021 at the age of 71.

He is survived by his children Valerie (Jerry) Luciano, and Michael Shallcross. John was the fourth eldest of eleven children, and is survived by his siblings Joe(wife, Mary) Shallcross, Mary Ann (husband, Jeff) Nelson, Maggie (husband, Kevin) Brewner, Paul (wife, Laura) Shallcross, Terri Teasdale, Pete (wife, Julie) Shallcross, Tom (wife, Laura) Shallcross, Geri (husband, David) Kendall, and Rita (husband, David) Hill.

John was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Jim, and in late 2020, the mother of his children, Gayle (nee Drazewski) Shallcross-Triebold. John was affectionately known as 'Grandpops' to his four grandchildren, Brandon, Joseph, Giovanna, and Sophia. His infinite wit, amazing woodworking skill, and adventurous tales of Bass fishing in the great outdoors live on in their hearts. He will be sorely missed by his siblings, cousins, numerous nieces and nephews, and by his beloved canine companion, Biscuit.

Raised in a traditional Catholic family, John attended St. Walter's Grade School, enjoyed playing various sports, and competitively wrestled for Lake Park High School in Roselle, Illinois, before graduating in 1968. Like his father, John was a lifelong member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America; Local Union #1, and, being an expert carpenter, taught many of his building skills to others.

John was a resident of the Cary/Crystal Lake, Illinois area, and besides constructing many homes in the Chicago Suburbs, he completely custom built his residence of over 30 years, including the drafting and execution of his own plan. John's many talents could also be seen while he worked on various automotive or marine engines.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service of family and friends celebrating John's life, is anticipated for a future date in 2022.

Your prayers, comfort, and support for John's family are welcome through messages to his children, or through his obituary on the funeral home's website:

If so desired, and as your expression of sympathy, donations made in John's name to Alano Club of Crystal Lake at 36 N. Virginia Street, Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014, or by visiting their website at: and choose the 'COVID-19RELIEF' button, would be sincerely appreciated.


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Valerie Luciano

April 19, 2021

We were fortunate, after 4 years, to drive up for our last Christmas w. 'Grandpops'.