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Celebration of Life

Plum Grove Park
Tuesday December 28th, 2021
6:00pm - 9:00pm

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John Paul Velasco

John Paul Velasco, 52, of Arlington Heights passed away suddenly from a heart attack on December 14, 2021. Beloved son of Bunny Velasco and Paul (Marie Carmen) Velasco. Loving Husband of Stacy (Hussar) Velasco. Son-in-law of Steve (Bev) Hussar, Brother-in-law of Scott (Christy) Hussar, Kim (Joe) McGing, Wendy (Brett) Garland, Jodi (Andy) Compton, Uncle to Jackson, Jenna, Travis (Hannah), Casey (Emily), Tyler (Ashley), Carly, Cody, Carson, Michael (Marie), Kaleigh (Vinnie), Connor, MaeLin, AJ, Trey, Drew, Luke.

His mom raised him as a best friend which included a loving nickname he gave her of "Fred". They lived in Chicago giving him the love of diversity that only a big city has. His dad would take him on long rides out in the country taking the back roads. He always loved and looked forward to those rides saying that it was the way to see the natural beauty of this country. Within the years after high school, he worked as a pressman at the Chicago Sun-Times until it was sold. He lived in Michigan, Oregon, and Louisiana, he enjoyed the experiences and beauty of those states...but his heart belonged to the Midwest. Chicago was home and is where his family and first love still lived. He met Stacy in high school and dated during his senior year. Years later they reconnected and married in 2011. He was over the moon in love with his new family. A mom and dad that he admired and looked up to. Excitement of getting a brother and 3 sisters plus spouses that welcomed him with open arms filled him with even more love than he could imagine. Nephews and nieces, 16 in all, that he adored and was beyond thrilled when they started called him Uncle John. The memories of how big he loved will live on in the hearts that loved him.

Celebration of Life will be held on December 28, 2021 from 6 pm - 9 pm at

Plum Grove Park
4001 Park Dr.
Palatine, IL 60067

Bring your favorite memory of John to share.

Arrangements entrusted to Chicagoland Cremation Options of Schiller Park, Illinois.


To Bunny and Stacy and all of John's family. I am so sorry for your loss and I send you my condolences and thoughts at this painful time.

Leah Reynolds Dec 25 2021 2:24 PM

John you are the love of my life. You took a piece of my heart with you. I remember your hugs, laughter, and the day you carried me from one room to another saying "Now when you behave yourself you can join us!" I laughed so hard I cried. That's when you nicknamed me Fred. I am proud you were my son. My gift from God. Rest in peace. No more RA pain. I know you're seeing the grandparents. No fighting! Love forever. P.S. I learned so much from you. You are my gift from God.

Bernadette A. Velasco Dec 22 2021 1:44 PM

A candle was lit in memory of John Velasco

Toula Moore Dec 20 2021 5:55 PM

A candle was lit in memory of John Velasco

Alan Berk Dec 20 2021 2:17 PM

A candle was lit in memory of John Velasco

Cathy Caruso-Moritz Dec 19 2021 8:39 PM

John and I met in 4th grade and went on to be lifelong friends sharing Star Wars as a common love. Although we lost touch from time to time, we managed to reconnect. When we were young(er), Bunny shared a story about how John hid under a table and wouldn't come out unless she called him Boppo. Rest in Peace Boppo and know you helped make those few years together in Catholic school fun. May the Force be with you always.

Donald Bychowski Dec 18 2021 7:45 PM

Sending prayers and hugs to you all at this time and always

Erica Janicki Dec 18 2021 7:36 AM

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Kim McGing Dec 18 2021 3:13 AM

I was shocked to hear of John's passing. I worked with him at the Chicago sun times. He was a genuinely good person that was searching for love and found it with his wife Stacey. We stayed connected via Facebook after the sun times closed and he told me of the love that he had found. It was great seeing him so happy!! I will miss him and his humor... rest easy my friend.. until we meet again!!😥😥

Tony Beeler Dec 18 2021 2:17 AM

To Stacy and all of John's family and loved ones. May you be comforted in your sadness by the wonderful memories and loving legacy John was to you all. I am truly sorry for this sudden loss.

Sharon Morrow Dec 17 2021 9:29 PM

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