John Horvatin

Obituary of John E. Horvatin

Age 59, of Joliet, Illinois, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, June 18, 2024 at Loyola University Medical Center. He was born on March 23, 1965 to the late Anne (Hoyt) and Joseph Horvatin in Joliet where he resided all of his life. John was a graduate of Joliet Central High School, and Illinois State Champion Wrestler.


He is the beloved husband of Elizabeth (Ryan) Horvatin; loving father of Amanda (Shane) O’Brien, John Horvatin, Daniel Horvatin and William Horvatin; proud Papa of Shane Jr. and Madelyn; dear brother of JoAnne (Kenneth) Mehon, Janice (Mark) Swanson, Jean (Timothy) Sheppard, Judy (Michael) Luecht and Joseph (Lisa) Horvatin. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.


He was preceded in death by his parents Anne and Joseph Horvatin. 


John was devoted to his family throughout his entire life. He was known for his giving spirit and the unconditional love he gave to others. 


As a true outdoorsman, he enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, and gardening. He was also a skilled woodworker, loved cooking, and a lifelong Cubs fan. 


John dedicated many years to United Cerebral Palsy where he volunteered for the betterment of those with disabilities. He later became the Director of Building and Grounds.


Visitation for John will be Friday, June 28, 2024 from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home 3200 Black Rd. (at Essington Rd.) Joliet. A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2024, 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 18 N. Woodlawn Avenue in Joliet. Interment will be held at St. Joseph Cemetery following mass.


For more information please call (815) 741-5500 or visit his Memorial Tribute at where you can share a favorite memory or leave a condolence.



4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday, June 28, 2024
Fred C. Dames Funeral Homes - Joliet
3200 Black at Essington Roads
Joliet, Illinois, United States
(815) 741-5500

Memorial Mass

11:00 am
Saturday, June 29, 2024
St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church
18 Woodlawn Avenue
Joliet, Illinois, United States


St. Joseph Cemetery - Joliet
1500 N. Raynor Avenue
Joliet, Illinois, United States
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