John M. Chezik

May 3, 1934November 13, 2012

John M. Chezik, 78, of Overland Park, KS, passed away November 13, 2012 at home. Visitation will be Friday, November 16 from 5-8 pm at McGilley State Line Chapel (123rd & Stateline). Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 17 at 11 am at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection (135th & Roe) in Leawood, KS. Burial at Gate of Heaven Cemetery located on Parallel Parkway in Kansas City, KS. directly following the funeral service.

John was born May 3, 1934 in Topeka, KS. He was raised in Waverly, IA, and graduated High School in 1952. Then drafted by the St. Louis Browns in the same year and played professional baseball for the next 5 years. He ended his career in 1957 playing for the Lake Charles Giants of the Evangeline league in Lake Charles, LA. John attended Wartburg College in Waverly, IA. and graduated in 1957 with a BA Degree. While attending Wartburg he met Sharon Folkerts and they married in 1959 after she graduated from Wartburg.

John started his automotive career soon after they were married and moved to Kansas City in 1966 to open his first dealership with General Motors, which was a Buick franchise. Throughout his career in Kansas City, which spanned 46 years, he owned and operated many award winning dealerships, which included Honda, Acura, Buick, Dodge, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Suzuki, Subaru and Toyota. Most Kansas City residents will remember him as the “Smasher” and his dealerships being the home of “Desk Smashing Good Deals”. John owned Honda, Suzuki and Hyundai in the St. Louis area. He also enjoyed success in the Iowa City, IA. automotive arena. He owned and operated Honda, Mercedes, Volvo, Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Mitsubishi and Suzuki. John opened his Honda store in Iowa with Chicago Football legend Gale Sayers in 1988 and was a 6 time Honda President’s Award winner. John was a large contributor to the University of Iowa women’s athletic program and also many other local schools and charitable organizations.

John was an avid duck hunter. He was a member of Ducks Unlimited and was inducted into the Water Fowlers Hall of Fame in 2004 in Mound City, MO. This honor was more dear to his heart than one could imagine. He owned duck hunting property in Mound City, MO. and Mendon, MO. He would spend every fall doing what he loved, especially when the wind was blowing out of the northwest and the ducks were flying. His love for hunting started when he was a young boy hunting squirrels and ducks on the farm with his brothers Ed and Don in Waverly, IA. John was bigger than life, never met a stranger and was loved by all. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be missed by all.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Sharon, his son John W. Chezik of Sweden, his daughter, Laura Hennessey, son-in-law Bobby Hennessey of Overland Park, 5 grandchildren, Sarah, John, Michael, Joseph and Matthew. Brother Ed Chezik (Evelyn) of Iowa, Brother Don Chezik (Elaine) of Kansas City. John is preceded in death by his parents John & Delma Chezik.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinsons Foundation in Kansas City. Please offer condolences at


  • Visitation Friday, November 16, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 17, 2012

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Gary Jackson

January 16, 2018

Wow it is a shock to find out John has been gone since 2012. John and Sharon hired me to look over their lake hose at Table Rock Lake back in the 90's. John and I became good friends while I was working for him and he will be missed. Rest in peace my friend!

Kathi Brougham Munson

April 6, 2013

Sharon, I'm so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathies. I just heard from out friend Larry Miller of Germany about John's death. If there is anything I can do please let me know.

Kathi Brougham Munson
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Eric Thompson

January 3, 2013

My regards to the Chezik family. I remember meeting John with my Father Fred Thompson who knew John from his his days at Wartburg College where my father worked for a while. I remember John's wonderful energy and enthusiasm for life!

Kirk Christiansen

December 30, 2012

I just learned of Mr. Chezik's passing, but wasnted to ensure that all knew how much I presonally respected him. There was only one John Chezik and I learned a great deal from him and will be forever grateful.

December 19, 2012

Sharon, so sorry to learn about John's death. My deepest sympathy. Ralph Ayers

Steve Scantlin

November 27, 2012

Remembering John as friend and employer for nearly 30 years: He was genuine, caring and provided opportunities for many in the auto industry to grow in both business and leadership. His generosity was truly inspiring. He will be greatly missed. Sending our love and condolences, Steve Scantlin and family.

Matt Brown

November 26, 2012

I worked for Mr. Chezik for about four years. I can't remember him coming in to work without a smile. He always seemed to brighten the room. We will miss you Mr. C.


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Marilyn Cohen

November 18, 2012

Dear Mrs Chezik,
I was so saddened to hear about Mr. Chezik. I met him at Village Shalom where I volunteer for Happy Hour. Even though I did not know him long, I felt it was a privilege that I got to know you both. Please accept my sincerest condolences.

James Pratt

November 17, 2012

So sorry to hear of John's passing. He always had time for the kid across the street whenever I saw him at one of the stores. The trips to the ball park with your family will always be cherished and never forgotten. Sorry I was unable to attend the visitation. My thoughts are with you.