John Lloyd Merichko
May 17, 1946 – July 10, 2020
John Lloyd Merichko
John Lloyd Merichko “Bo”, age 74 of Orland Park, Illinois passed away Friday, July 10, 2020 at home surrounded by his family. He was born on May 17, 1946 to John and Mary nee Steinogle Merichko in Charleroi, Pennsylvania. John served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and received a Purple Heart.
When he was 12 years of age, the family relocated to Munhall, PA. John graduated from Munhall High School in 1964. John received his B.S. in Psychology at Roosevelt University in Chicago and completed post-graduate studies at Gestalt Institute of Chicago. He leaves behind his wife of 47 years, Kristeen Elizabeth nee Scarry, his son Michael Lloyd (Kimberly) nee Goranson, his son Joseph Lee (Rebecca) nee Strehl, daughter-in-law Valentina (Kevin) Burke, and his son, the late John Leo Merichko who preceded him in death on November 9, 2002 and sister-in-law Kathleen Scarry of Benton Harbor, MI. John was the loving Pap Pap of Angelica, Josiah and Anna, Liam and Lily. He is also survived by his brother Robert (Diana) nee Shambers of Munhall, PA and nephews Bobby (Erin) and Brian (Tiffany) and Jennifer nee Merichko Perhac, Justin, great-nephew Hunter, great-niece Dominique and great-great-niece Jade. Additionally, preceding him in death were his siblings Mary Ann, Matthew and Mark.
He worked for Parkview as an addiction counselor and devoted his life to serving the chemically dependent and hurting people from every walk of life. He was a member of Freedom Church. John and his wife led the Rapha Addiction Recovery Program at All Nations Community Church for 12 years. He held an unwavering faith in God which he shared with everyone he met.
John was an avid reader, a sports enthusiast (Steelers, Bears, Pirates and Cubs) and a former member of St. Michael’s Men’s Golf Club and he loved Rock ‘n Roll. He was a lead singer for a Bebop oldies group. John and his family enjoyed many summers in Michigan together. John retired in 2009 from Rush Behavioral Health.
Services and interment at Palos Oak Hill Cemetery were private. Arrangements by Orland Funeral Home Directors, 708-460-7500.
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John Lloyd Merichko
July 22, 2020
I regret that I didn’t know Bo in his Chicago years, as life moved on we kind of lost touch, only reconnecting at his HS reunion rehearsal party in Pittsburgh 4 or so years ago. We were all in decent health then and spent the evening remembering our college years at CCAS South, living together and parting in Glassport, finally moving and living together in LA and the San Francisco Bay area.
Those were great years, (our glory years)…
He was a close friend and is missed…
July 16, 2020
I lived across the street on Center Avenue from the Merichkos. I remember Bo. His sister, Babe used to babysit me! My deepest condolences to his family. God bless.
July 12, 2020
I wish to offer my most heartfelt and deepest condolences to the entire Merichko family with the passing of this great man. When I learned of his passing my heart sank deeply bringing a shower of tears to my eyes over this horrible loss. So many memories come to mind when thinking about this man. Most of which was during most of my teenage and young adulthood years playing music with his son in the garage for hours on end with him always being the #1 fan and in some ways I think he would look forward to those rehearsal nights as much as we did. The long talks we would all have on front stoop afterwards that would be sometimes for hours complimented by literally buckets of I think the strongest coffee I'd ever had to date. But mostly what I remember was his kindness in not only being there and offering his keen wisdom to his boys but to virtually anyone who sought his advice as I know I did on many occasions. He was the pinnacle of class and always had a kind word, a funny joke or sound advice to those in need. There were some many meaningful conversations to reflect on over those years everything from music, faith, and life in general that come to mind when I think of this man. He will be missed dearly by all. I will miss him very much.