This is an obit for Johnny Lindquist's foster dad "Robert Karvanek". The man that little Johnny considered his real dad. There is no mention of Johnny in this obit. An article as late as 1993 in the Chicago Tribune quoted Mr. Karvanek saying how loved he was by Johnny and how Johnny told Mr. Karvanek he was the only dad he needed. Florence Karvanek (Johnny's foster mom)is also not mentioned as the Karvaneks had divorced. Johnny's foster brother, who at the time of Johnny's death was Robert Parker is mentioned in the obit.
age 72 years, of W16725 Laars Rd., Tigerton, passed away on Saturday, February 8, 2003 at the Homme Home of Wittenberg.
Robert was born on May 30, 1930 in Chicago, IL. to Emil and Anna (Drimak) Karvanek. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany from 1952-54 and was in the Army Reserve until 1960. Robert was owner and operator of B & F Painting of Tigerton. He did all kinds residential painting for over 30 years and retired in 1994. Robert was a member of the American Legion Post #239 of Tigerton.
Survivors include a foster son, Robert Karvanek, Jr. of Florida. One sister, Edna Wisniewski of Chicago. Four brothers, Emil (Carrie) Karvanek, Jr. of Bloomingdale, MI., William Karvanek of Tigerton, Richard (Shirley) Karvanek of Chicago, and Ronald (Sue) Karvanek of Chicago. Further survived by many other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents.
According to Robert's wishes no visitation or service was held. The Beil-Didier Funeral Home of Tigerton assisted the family.