John A. Ihnat, 85,
of Westville, passed away peacefully, Friday, January 18, 2019, at St. Mary
He was born on
November 17, 1933, in Gary, IN, to John and Margaret (Kovel) Ihnat.
John retired from
Bethlehem Steel and was a member of Moose Lodge #1623 and a member of
American Legion Post 100. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, target shooting,
camping, NASCAR, Bears Football, and was a Chicago sports fan. As a young
man, John owned and flew a small airplane and he was a volunteer with the
Civil Air Patrol. He raced motorcycles and amassed a collection of trophies.
He could rebuild any car or motorcycle engine.
On January 21,
1984, he married Janet L. (Harper) Ihnat who survives.
John is survived by
his wife, Janet; four children, Patricia (Nena) Ihnat of Portland, OR, Nancy
Ihnat of Tucson, AZ, Michael (Paula) Ihnat of Tinley Park, IL, and Sandra
Clark of Portage, IN; his former wife Bessie Ihnat of Portage, IN; two
brothers, Bill (Butch) Ihnat and Edward (Dutch) (Ruth) Ihnat; one sister,
Anna (Steve) Schackart; five grandchildren, Christopher Ihnat, Patrick Ihnat,
Christopher Hardwick, Alex Hardwick, and Karston Courtney; daughter-in-law
Deanna Hardwick; and many others from his longtime association with his
friends of Bill W.
John is preceded in
death by his parents; one sister, Zelda Kay Cannon; step children Barb
Courtney and Robert Griffin.
A Memorial Service
will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, February 23, at Graceland Chapel, 1505 E.
Morthland Drive, Valparaiso. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until time of
service. Burial will take place at Graceland Cemetery, Valparaiso. Sunset
Funeral Home is caring for the arrangements.
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