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John Alec Kenealy
Born January 25, 1992
Died August 17, 2018

John will be remembered lovingly for his gentle nature, his constant humor, the strength of his will, and his curiosity for the world.  He was an avid hobbyist and model painter, an animal lover, an expert marksman, and a talented cook.  His compassion and playfulness endure in the lives of his family and friends.

John grew up in Oak Park, participating in youth sports and Boy Scouts before graduating from OPRF.  He studied business at Elmhurst College and enlisted in the United States Army upon graduation.  He was a Specialist and vehicle commander in the Attack Company of the 4th Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, with whom he was deployed to Afghanistan.  John married Rachel Wanhala on October 4, 2017.

John will be missed by his beloved wife Rachel, his devoted parents David and Janet, his favorite sister Anne and her partner Victoria, his grandmother Virginia, his aunts and uncles (John and Betty Lyon, Kathryn and Bob Mann, Fran and Jim Manos, Phil Kenealy and Eric and Laurie Kenealy), and his cousins (Bill and Kellie Lyon, Dave and Alex Lyon, and Paige, Aislyn, Troy, and Sean Kenealy).

A visitation will be held on Friday, August 24th from 3-9pm at Pedersen Ryberg Mortuary, 435 N. York, Elmhurst, IL.  A private burial the following day is for family and fellow soldiers only.  Please direct any donations in John's memory to the Cluster Tutoring Program( or the Wounded Warrior Project(