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John R. Daraska, 81, January 13, 2021, lifetime resident of the Southwest
Side of Chicago, of Clearing neighborhood since 1985, formerly of Marquette
Park, where he was born and raised; beloved husband of Jessie L. Ecker
Daraska; devoted father of Julie Daraska (Tony Scheurich) and Richard
Daraska; loving grandfather of Matthew and Margaret Balzekas; dear
brother-in-law of Lois Carlson, Linda Kulikowski, and Patti Ecker.

John loved aviation since childhood and was a licensed commercial pilot. He
also served in the military, of course in the U.S. Air Force. His lifelong
career was in general aviation as an Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic with
Inspection Authorization. He established J&D Aviation Services in 1974 at
Midway Airport and retired in 2001, continuing to work in aviation at Porter
County, Indiana Airport and as an expert witness. In 2009 he received the
FAA Charles Taylor "Master Mechanic" Award for a perfect safety record for
50 consecutive years. He built a second home in Beverly Shores, Indiana
with his wife in 1975 and became active in local politics, serving many
years on the Beverly Shores Board of Zoning Appeals and Plan Commission.

Private Family Services held at CENTRAL CHAPEL, 6158 S. Central Ave.,
Chicago, IL, followed by cremation.

Contributions in memory of John to Hospice Foundation of America, 1707 L
Street NW, Suite 220, Washington, DC 20036, .

Please visit JOHN R. DARASKA BOOK OF MEMORIES. To express your thoughts or
memories in the online guest book, visit or Info., 773-581-9000.