John was a veteran of the United States Army and served his country during WWII.
He was united in marriage with Angelin D’Amicone in July 1979 in Downers Grove, IL. John spent the first 30 years of his working career with General Electric. He was a McDonald’s owner operator for the last 36 years.
John always had a positive attitude, reminding you that the cup was always half full. He was very organized; never putting anything off and enjoyed sharing his motto – Do It Now. During his leisure time, John enjoyed playing tennis and snow skiing in his younger years and loved a good nonfiction book and history. John loved practical jokes and sharing his margarita recipe.
He was preceded in death by both parents and his first wife Lorraine Eastman. Survived by his loving wife, Angie Jelinek; five children: Steve Jelinek (Sharon) Kansas City, MO; Bill Jelinek (Jacqui) Foxboro, WI; John Jelinek (Sharon) Flossmoor, Il; Lori Zabler (Scott) Cedar Falls, IA; Lisa Manley (Alex Mard) Naples, FL; twelve grandchildren: Sarah Olmedo (Nick); Bryan Jelinek (Jenn); Joe Jelinek; Jeff Jelinek (Karla) Jenny Jelinek (Zoran); Dr. Michael Jelinek (Alyssa); Michelle Jelinek; Kate Zabler (Sachin Sugunan); Daniel Zabler (Emily); Amy Zabler; Douglas Zabler; Laura Manley; eleven great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews, a brother, Walter Jelinek (late JoAnn) Lisle, IL; a sister, Carol Sprunger (Bob) Riverside, IL and sister- in- law Elaine Russell (Jack) Ravenna, OH.
The family will receive friends from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m., Friday, January 5, 2018 at St. Therese Catholic Church 7207 Highway 9 Kansas City, MO. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to The Salvation Army or Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City. The Meyers Funeral Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements. Memories and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.