It is with great sadness that the family of John William Nowak, Ph.D.,
announces his passing, on July 22, 2018, after a Herculean battle with
John will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 55 years, Barbara (nee
Gaidor), his children, Deborah (Tony), Becca (Dan), and his three
grandchildren, Elizabeth, Johnathon, and Kayla. He will also be joyfully
remembered by his mother, Irene, two sisters and brother, aunt, cousins,
nieces and nephews, and many dear friends, especially the Pipe Gang.
John was predeceased by his father Chester.
John took one day at a time and enjoyed simple pleasures like barbecue,
gardening, a good beach day, watching sports and spending time with his
family. John was a highly-regarded professor of Mechanical and Industrial
Engineering and the University of Illinois, and was very proud of his
contributions on the development of the Shrike missile for the United States
A celebration of Johnís life will be held at a later date.
Those who so desire may make memorial donations to the American Cancer
Society (cancer.org) or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF.org).