John R. Panozzo, age 88, of Kankakee, passed away Sunday, November 22, 2020 at his home.

John was born October 5, 1932 in Hammond, IN, the son of Romeo & Marguerite Grosso Panozzo.

He was a dairy farmer.

John had a tremendous love and respect for his country.

John loved farming, gardening, and spending time with his grandchildren. He had a sunflower field on W Route 17. John was known for his kind heart and his words of wisdom.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

John was a parishioner of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Kankakee.

John was the loving father of Romeo (Christine) Panozzo of Ashkum, Kathy (Corey) Jordan of Limestone, and Lisa (Bret) Kleinert of Ashkum; the proud grandfather of John Panozzo, Dominick Panozzo, Nicholas Panozzo, Natalie Jordan, Dawson Jordan, William Kleinert, Kathleen Kleinert, and Elizabeth Kleinert.

John is also survived by one sister, Rita Mill of Limestone; several nieces; several nephews; and a large extended family.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother-in-law, LaVerne Mill; and one nephew, Daniel Mill.

Visitation was held from 10:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. funeral Mass on Saturday, November 28, 2020 at St. Rose Chapel in Kankakee.

Cremation rites were accorded following the Mass. Private family inurnment will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.