John S. Kapior, Sr.

August 23, 1945August 8, 2018
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John S. Kapior Sr. (age 72) U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran Devoted son of Bernice (Lacek) and the late Constantine Kapior. Beloved of Carol Frankiewicz nee: Murray Loving father of John Kapior and Kelly Kapior. Cherished grandfather of Anastasia (Adrian) Glinski, and Kyle Kapior. Dear brother of 4. Battle Buddies Forever-Brother from another mother Dan Finn. Proud lifetime member of the Steadfast & Loyal 4th ID, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, and the Johnson- Phelps Post 5220. A Beautiful life come to an end… he died as he lived everyone’s friend. Visitation: 3pm-9pm Sunday August 12,2018 at Blake Lamb Funeral Home 4727 W. 103rd St. Oak Lawn, IL. Funeral Service: Tuesday August 14, 2018 chapel prayers 8:45am to St. Linus mass 9:30am. Internment: Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials will be given to John’s favorite charities. Info:708-636-1193 or Info:708-636-1193 or visit


  • Visitation Sunday, August 12, 2018
  • Chapel Prayers Tuesday, August 14, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, August 14, 2018
  • Internment Tuesday, August 14, 2018

John S. Kapior, Sr.

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Shelly Fisher

August 13, 2018

Dear Carol, Kelly, Annie and John:

Please know how sorry I am that John has passed away. From what you shared with me, he was an incredible fighter! "Big" John was your Guardian Angel and he really took care of his family. I am certain you all share wonderful memories of him that will make you all smile. You are in my thoughts and prayers always.

I will always remember the boxes and boxes of Fannie Mae chocolates that he brought you and you shared with us!!

Lots of love,

Roger Barton

August 12, 2018

Such a tremendous loss for all who knew John. We were the best of friends since the first day I met him. I always looked forward to seeing John at the National 4th Infantry (IVY) Division Association reunions. John was always fun to be around and didn't hesitate to become the life of the party. I always looked forward to his emails and phone calls, and will miss him greatly. He was a true American hero. He always ended his emails and phone calls with two simple words...God Bless.


August 10, 2018

I will never forget my buddy John. We served a tour in Vietnam together a brotherhood that can never be broken.
John and I were friends for life. We exchanged pictures and stories over the years.
We will meet again in heaven.

Bruce and Sue Gass

August 10, 2018

So sad to learn John has departed from loved ones and friends. Have many gifts from John as he was a very generous person. He participated in the Illinois Chapter of 4th Infantry Division for many years and was Steadfast and Loyal. He leaves a legacy of Service to his fellow Veterans. Rest in Peace John, you will be missed.

Richard and Sheila Bolin

August 10, 2018

So many good memories of 4ID reunions with John. 20+ years of memories. Steadfast and Loyal 4ID forever.

Daniel Finn

August 10, 2018

My Purple Heart Brother, Patriot and True Friend.

Go with GOD .


John and Carol's Wedding Day.


John and Carol's Wedding Day.


Kelly & John JR


When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits John S. Kapior, Sr. who was indeed a born manager. He will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. He was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with him throughout his life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, John was an individual who clearly communicated to those around him just who he was and what he was all about. Everyone acquainted with John knew him as a well-respected man who was a stable force in his community.

       His parents were Constantine and Bernice Kapior. John was raised in Back of The Yards Neighborhood, Chicago Illinois. Even as a youngster, John learned to be objective and decisive. His faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that he carried with him throughout his life.

      As a young boy, John was able to put his natural abilities to work. He was a bit like the sergeant of the family, helping to make sure that the others did what they should do and that they avoided those things they weren’t supposed to. In other words, he liked to organize and direct. John was raised with four siblings. He had 2 younger sisters Connie and Diana, and 2 younger brothers Joey and Michael. John had an inborn appreciation for the order in the family, allowing for the oldest members to be the most respected and to take on the most responsibility. For John, this was a natural order of life, one he gladly embraced.

      John's matter-of-fact attitude about most things was developed during his childhood. As a young boy, John enjoyed being part of teams, and organizations and groups of other kids who shared similar interests. He was a boy scout and also an altar boy. In his spare time he liked ride bikes, play marbles, and engage in group activities with friends.

      In school, John was as close to being a model student as one could possibly imagine. He sought to achieve perfect attendance in all of his classes. He would eagerly complete his homework, and often put in extra study time when he felt it was necessary. A logical and focused thinker, John was always good at following directions and meeting his schedules, whether they were set by his teachers or were self-imposed. John’s personal motto could well have been, “Do it right the first time.” He graduated from Gage Park High School in 1964. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was history. The teacher he enjoyed learning from the most was Mr. Sears.

      John’s practical work ethic carried over into his college years. His logical mind permitted him to work hard without succumbing to the usual distractions of college life. He would tackle an assignment and work through it before moving onto the next project. John’s orderly nature gave way to establishing personal study habits and procedures that not only helped him stay on track but often put him ahead of schedule. When John saw the need or benefit, he would willingly take on the extra assignment or even attend extra classes in order to learn more and become a better student. He earned his Bachelor of Art in Transportation from Morton College. His favorite courses were Traffic.

      John was sociable and approachable. Because he was always so straightforward in how he approached relationships, friends and family knew that what they saw was always what they got. He enjoyed the camaraderie of being with a group of friends. When John was a member of a group, his interaction worked to keep the others grounded. He wasn’t afraid to confront his friends and, when necessary, he challenged them to stick to the task at hand. Those close to John came to expect his high standards of performance. While growing up, some of his best friends were Rich Zawacki, Carol Murray, and Dave and Bob Bartkoviach,. Later in life, he became friends with Dan Finn, Warren Skog, Roger Barton, Roger and Linda Dufek, and all members of the 4th Infantry Division.

      An objective and conscientious individual, John reveled in the security of his family. On March 5, 1966 John exchanged wedding vows with Carol Murray at Saint Michael The Arch Angel Church of Chicago, Illinois. One of John’s most endearing qualities was his uncanny ability to remember important dates and anniversaries, and his unending enthusiasm for organizing a celebration for his family and friends.

      John was ever watchful of his children. He worried about them and was deeply concerned for their development as they grew up. He maintained a firm hand in their upbringing. John would give his stamp of approval to their requests, as long as he could see how they might benefit. He also had the ability to enforce the rules as needed to ensure that his children were properly raised. John was blessed with two children, one son John JR, and one daughter Kelly. They were also blessed with two grandchildren, Anastasia and Kyle.

      Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, John was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. He was able to analyze situations and problems, keeping everything and everyone on track. An excellent project supervisor, John was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. He worked cooperatively and expected the same from his colleagues. In both his personal and professional environments, John upheld his standards. His primary occupation was rate and route clerk. He was employed for 27 years by Sears Roebuck & Co. John was a team player who certainly lived out the motto of “give me a job, and I will get it done.”

      John was an Army veteran. His sense of duty helped lead him into the military where his understanding of rank, his willingness to abide by rules and regulations and his desire to follow orders was admired by his fellow service men and women. He was in the Fourth Infantry from 1965 to 1968 and was stationed in Vietnam, and took basic training in Fort Lewis, Washington. John saw action for 9 months during the Vietnam War. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Specialist Fourth Class. He received several awards recognizing him for his heroism, a Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Marksman Badge w/ Rifle Bar, 1 O/S Bar, Bronze Star Medal with V for Valor, Army Good Conduct Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross w/ Palm Unit, and the Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Honor Medal First Class.

      John approached his leisure time in the same manner that he approached his life. A person who enjoyed being neat and orderly and one who understood the nature of things, he appreciated the hours he was able to devote to his various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were playing cards, listening to music, traveling, and volunteering his time to the Military Order of the Purple Heart. John was content to enjoy his favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Playing by the rules was a natural thing for John to do in life and that carried over to his enjoyment of sports. He also was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were Baseball and Football,.

      Being generous with his time and energy, John liked to belong to a variety of groups and organizations. He was a vocal leader who enjoyed being a part of things. His desire to uphold traditions and his ability to take charge of any type of project made him a tremendous asset. Throughout his later years, John was a lifetime member of the 4th Infantry Division, Steadfast and Loyal, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, The Disabled American Veterans, and The Veterans of Foreign Wars (Johnson- Phelps Post 5220).

      Faith was important to John. He held high moral standards and was worried about the moral decay he saw around him. For that reason he held deep spiritual beliefs that he was willing to share. He was a member of St Linus.

      As someone who placed a high value on showing gratitude, John could graciously accept a “thank you” extended to him by those he helped. However, individual recognition wasn’t a motivating force for John; rather, when he saw that there was a need to get something done, he was more than willing to give his time and energy in order to see it accomplished. Some of his most prestigious awards included his Purple Heart and Bronze Star with V for Valor.

      When it came time to travel or take a vacation, John used his scheduling expertise to make sure everyone and everything was ready to go. That also meant that he made certain no single person was overworked in putting the trip together. John had a knack for making sure that everyone who was involved had their specific tasks and that those tasks were completed. Favorite vacations included Oahu, Hawaii, all his 4th Infantry Reunions, and fishing in Minnesota.

      John was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of John’s favorites was Mocha the Lhatese. They were best friends for 14 years. His family was rounded out by his Isabella the Lhaso-Apso, Chanel the Peke-A-Poo, and Diesel the Pomeranian.

      When John’s retirement finally arrived in 1992, he was well prepared. He used his critical evaluation skills to make sure that every detail had been pre-planned and attended to. His new life involved relocating to Oak Lawn, Illinois. In retirement, he found new pleasure in traveling, being with loved ones, playing cards, and volunteering for numerous Veteran Organizations. In many ways, John loved retirement. It provided him with the opportunity to catch up with his friends, attend functions and group outings, and tackle new interesting activities.

      John passed away on August 8, 2018 at Christ Hospital Oak Lawn, Illinois. John fought a brave and courageous battle against a heart-attack. He is survived by his beloved Carol, his children John JR and Kelly, and his grandchildren Anastasia and Kyle. Services were held at St Linus,. John was laid to rest in Abraham Lincoln National Veterans Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois.

      All who knew him would agree that John was a pillar of the community. He lived his life with his feet firmly on the ground. He had a strong work ethic, was pragmatic in his thoughts and acts, and constantly sought the means for self-improvement. He was willing to share his ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives. John S. Kapior, Sr. did his best to ensure that his family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life he touched was given the chance to become a better person.