Published in Kansas
City Star from November 15 to November 16, 2012
John M. Chezik, 78, of Overland Park, KS, passed away November 13, 2012
Visitation will be Friday, November 16 from 5-8 p.m. at McGilley State
Line Chapel (123rd & Stateline).
Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 17 at 11 a.m. at The
United Methodist Church of the Resurrection (135th & Roe) in Leawood,
Burial at Gate of Heaven Cemetery located on Parallel Parkway in Kansas
City, KS. directly following the funeral service.
John was born May 3, 1934 in Topeka, KS. He was raised in Waverly, IA,
and graduated High School in 1952. He was then drafted by the St. Louis
Browns in the same year and played professional baseball for the next
5 years. He ended his career in 1957 playing for the Lake Charles Giants
of the Evangeline league in Lake Charles, LA.
John attended Wartburg College in Waverly, IA. and graduated in 1957 with
a BA Degree.
While attending Wartburg he met Sharon Folkerts and they married in 1959
after she graduated from Wartburg. John started his automotive career
soon after they were married and moved to Kansas City in 1966 to open
his first dealership with General Motors, which was a Buick franchise.
Throughout his career in Kansas City, which spanned 46 years, he owned
and operated many award winning dealerships, which included Honda, Acura,
Buick, Dodge, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Suzuki, Subaru and Toyota.
Most Kansas City residents will remember him as the 'Smasher' and his
dealerships being the home of 'Desk Smashing Good Deals'.
John owned Honda, Suzuki and Hyundai in the St. Louis area. He also enjoyed
success in the Iowa City, IA. automotive arena. He owned and operated
Honda, Mercedes, Volvo, Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Mitsubishi and Suzuki.
John opened his Honda store in Iowa with Chicago Football legend Gale
Sayers in 1988 and was a 6 time Honda President's Award winner.
John was a large contributor to the University of Iowa women's athletic
program and also many other local schools and charitable organizations.
John was an avid duck hunter. He was a member of Ducks Unlimited and was
inducted into the Water Fowlers Hall of Fame in 2004 in Mound City, MO.
This honor was more dear to his heart than one could imagine. He owned
duck hunting property in Mound City, MO, and Mendon, MO. He would spend
every fall doing what he loved, especially when the wind was blowing out
of the northwest and the ducks were flying. His love for hunting started
when he was a young boy hunting squirrels and ducks on the farm with his
brothers Ed and Don in Waverly, IA.
John was bigger than life, never met a stranger and was loved by all.
He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be missed by
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Sharon, his son John W. Chezik
of Sweden, his daughter, Laura Hennessey, son-in-law Bobby Hennessey of
Overland Park, 5 grandchildren, Sarah, John, Michael, Joseph and Matthew.
Brother Ed Chezik (Evelyn) of Iowa, Brother Don Chezik (Elaine) of Kansas
John is preceded in death by his parents John & Delma Chezik.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson's Foundation in Kansas