John Alec Kenealy, 26, who grew up in Oak Park, died on Aug. 17, 2018. Born on Jan. 25, 1992, he participated in youth sports and Boy Scouts before graduating from Oak Park and River Forest High School. John studied business at Elmhurst College and enlisted in the U.S. 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.
He married Rachel Wanhala on Oct. 4, 2017. John will be remembered for his gentle nature, his constant humor, the strength of his will, and his curiosity about 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 Kenealy will be missed by his wife, Rachel; his parents, David and Janet; his 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.
Visitation was held on Aug. 24 at Pedersen Ryberg Mortuary followed by a private burial. Please direct any donations in John’s memory to the Cluster Tutoring Program, www.clustertutoring.org, or to the Wounded Warrior Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.org.