John A. Crakes, age
71, of Chesterton, IN, passed away on Friday, August 10, 2018, at VNA
Hospice in Valparaiso, IN.
He was born on
September 5, 1946, in Michigan City, IN, to Harry and Lorraine (Novak)
John is survived by
his wife: Lena Crakes; daughter: Ali (Leon) Franzen; stepsons: Rob and
Darren Stout; grandchildren: Julian, Ben and Ivy Franzen, and Shane and
Tuesdai Stout; mother: Lorraine R. (Novak) Crakes; sisters: Diane (Keith)
Morris and Chris (Ed) Bowmar; numerous loving nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in
death by his father: Harry Crakes.
John graduated from
Marquette High School where he excelled in sports. He was drafted into the
Army and served in Vietnam in the 7th Battalion 13th Artillery from 1966 to
1968. He took classes at Purdue and then became an electrical apprentice. He
was a member of IBEW Local 531, LaPorte. John supervised many new buildings
in the area including Chesterton High School. His career ended in 2007 when
He fought a tough
battle in Vietnam and returned to battle in his fight against cancer. He was
a loving husband and father and will be missed by his family.
Those wishing to
pay their respects are invited to Geisen-Carlisle Funeral Home, located at
613 Washington St. Michigan City, IN 46360, on Monday, August 13, 2018, from
4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. to
10:00 a.m., at Notre Dame Catholic Church located at 1005 Moore Road,
Michigan City, IN.
A Mass of Christian
burial will take place on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, at 10:00 a.m., at Notre
Dame Catholic Church with Father Keith McClellan officiating.
Burial will follow
at Swan Lake Memorial Gardens in Michigan City, IN.
sympathy in memory of John may be given for advanced education of some
worthy students at Marquette High School.
To sign guestbook
or leave condolences, please visit
www.Carlislefh.com. (219) 874-4214.