OBITUARY

John C. Novak

November 15, 1956June 13, 2019
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John C. Novak, 62, of Overland Park, KS passed away on June 13, 2019 at his home after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. Visitation will be 6-8 pm on Tuesday, June 18th at the McGilley & Hoge Chapel, 8024 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, KS 66204. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 am on Wednesday, June 19th at Church of the Ascension, 9510 W. 127th Street, Overland Park, KS 66213; burial in Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, Lenexa, KS. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to The American Cancer Society; or to Vitas Health Care.

John was born on November 15, 1956 and raised in Raytown, MO. He graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1975 and later attended DeVry Institute of Technology. John’s love for aviation began at an early age. He then obtained his pilot’s license and later became a flight instructor. John was a field technician for 30+ years, retiring in 2017.

He was a quiet, caring and helpful man, who loved his family. He took great pride in his country, its history AND his yard. His hobbies included constructing model airplanes, collecting diecast airplanes, looking at airplanes, reading about airplanes, talking about airplanes…he just loved airplanes.

John was preceded in death by his parents, William and Catherine (Asher) Novak. He is survived by his wife, Judy Novak; daughter, Katherine Broyles (William) and treasured granddaughter, June Marie Broyles. He is also survived by brother, Ron Novak (Mary); sister, Joan Novak and many nieces, nephews and great friends.

A special thank you goes out to Mary Vanderpool for all the loving care she provided for John.

  • DONATIONS

  • American Cancer Society
  • VITAS Healthcare

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Tuesday, June 18, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, June 19, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Burial

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Geoff Nichols

July 11, 2019

I can attest to the strength of John's interest in flying. I'm his and Judy's neighbor and a pilot also. John and I would sometimes meet outside in the yard or at the mail box and chat as neighbors do but if an airplane flew overhead, we both would crane our heads upward and conversation would stop for a few moments. Sometimes we would talk for a while about air planes - what pilots call "hangar flying"- and we talked about flying together. Sadly, we never did.

John was one of the nicest and most helpful people I have ever met. He was quiet but had a good sense of humor. He was a very good man and my wife Micki and I will miss him greatly. Our hearts and prayers go out to his wife Judy.

Barb Hafner

June 19, 2019

Judy, I am so so sorry to hear of John's death. I will keep you and your family in my prayers for comfort and peace.

John Hamilton

June 17, 2019

Judy and family, I'm sorry for your loss. I worked with John at Memorex Telex and really enjoyed his company. He was a great guy, fun to be around and full of life and laughter. He really enjoyed making others smile. He was also genuinely caring and often asked about other's families and how they were doing. He took pride in knowing his co-workers families as if they were part of his family.

With Sympathy,
John Hamilton

Mark Bensley

June 16, 2019

I did not know John well but I got to know him better this winter when he traveled to Arizona with his wife Judy, my first cousin. He was very kind and a pleasure to be around. He will be missed by many people.

My thoughts and prayers are with Judy and his entire family.

Roger &Ellie Post

June 15, 2019

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