Deceased Classmates & Guests

John H Pappas

John H Pappas

Pappas, John H.

Age 70, of Morris, IL and a former long time Tinley Park, IL resident, passed away peacefully, yet unexpectedly, in his sleep, Saturday, September 14, 2013.

Loving companion and dear friend to Barbara O'Connell; beloved father of John (Nicole) Pappas, the late Lisa Pappas, Jason (Cara) Pappas and fond dad to Brett (Norine) O'Connell, Bridget (Steve) Echols and Brooke (Paul) Galassi; dearest grandfather of Alissa and Brayden; Cody, Katie, Conor, Leah, Lucy, Leo and Lily.

Preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Joan and his daughter Lisa.

John, a retired meat cutter in the retail grocery industry, led an active lifestyle. He enjoyed the outdoors, most especially biking, running, and fishing-he was known as "the Bassman". He was in excellent shape, and as his sudden death has certainly overwhelmed us, we take comfort in knowing he left this life with no struggle or pain, just simply passed on.

As it was John's wish, cremation rites have been accorded and a private family gathering was held. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name can be made to your favorite charity. For information or to leave on-line condolences, please visit

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03/25/14 06:04 PM #1    

Louis W Ritchie

I was extremely disapointed when I found out today on (March 25, 2014) that my best friend (Johnny Pappas) at John Deere Jr. high and Moline High school, passed away on Steptember 14, 2013 of last year! Johnny and I were always joking around and having fun during those years. If it wasn't for Johnny, I wouldn't have had near as much fun as I did in school!  I only wish I had found out sooner that he had passed away!  ("I LOVE YOU JOHNNY, AND WILL MISS YOU MORE THEN YOU'LL EVER KNOW"!  GOD BLESS YOU


03/26/14 06:09 PM #2    

Lana R Jacobs

So sorry to hear of Johnnie's passing!  I carry such vivid memories of hanging out with Johnnie growing up, even though we lived on opposite sides of Moline. We originally met @ a place in Moline, close to the Rock Island border, where we would go to dance. Later, we would all hang out at the "Rec" @ Coolidge. He always treated me like "one of the guys", and I always appreciated that. We would play basketball, king of the hill and kick the can. We would take turns playing in each other's neighborhoods, and would be joined by Mike Romanowski, Linda Calloway (also passed on) and a few others. Then, as we grew older, I became his "confidant" as he dated several of my classmates. He was always the brother I never had. I am happy to report he never changed much. In the Spring of 2013 we enjoyed a lunch together (Johnnie, Barbara and I). We laughed until our sides ached! After lunch we continued our visit down memory lane @ their beautiful home on a small lake in Morris, IL. What a perfect place for Johnnie to enjoy his favorite Our visit lasted well into the early evening hours, as we ate our leftovers and discussed the MHS '62 Sept. 2012 50th Reunion. His contagious laugher and enormous smile never changed with age. Neither did his BIG HEART for others. RIP MY DEAR FRIEND, JOHNNIE. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED AS A TRUE GENTLEMAN.heart

03/27/14 09:58 AM #3    

Susanne V Spencer (DeBruyckere)

I was so sad to hear that John passed away! We were in classes together at MHS and we always talked. He was so much fun! I would often see John as my friend and I rode our bikes around town or shopping downtown, or dancing at the REC and he would always stop to talk. He always had that big smile and a twinkle in his eye! He was one of the nicest and kindest guys in our class. He will be missed by all who knew him!

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