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John M. Vest

June 7, 1937 December 16, 2019
John M. Vest
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John M. Vest, age 82, a man of faith, family and service, retired member of the U.S. Army Reserve and Internal Revenue Service, a resident of Naperville, IL since 1977, passed away on Monday, December 16, 2019 at his home. He was born June 7, 1937 in San Francisco, CA.

Beloved husband of Barbara Vest (nee Conlin), whom he married May 2, 1964, loving father of Jill (John) Krainz, Joy (Rodrigo) Fernandez de la Reguera, and Jon (Karen) Vest, adored grandfather of Ryan and Anna Krainz; Sebastian and Sofia Fernandez de la Reguera; Jack and Kate Vest, devoted son of the late Ann K. (nee Ivacko) Vest, brother-in-law of Sharon (the late William) Schuble, J. Kathleen (the late Michael) Phelan, and Ken (Denise) Conlin, cousin, uncle, great-uncle and friend of many.

After relocating to Chicago at a young age, John attended Saint Philip Basilica High School and was a graduate of Loyola University and Walton School of Commerce where he earned a degree in accounting.

John enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve in 1956 and served for 39 years, retiring in 1995 at the rank of Major General. Among his assignments, John was Commander of the 425th Transportation Brigade, Fort Sheridan, during the Gulf War, and served as the first Commanding General of the 19th TAACOM at Fort Des Moines at the time of his retirement.

In civilian life, John joined the Internal Revenue Service in 1961 as an Internal Revenue agent. He retired after 36 years in 1997 while serving as the Chief of the Chicago Appeals Office.

A devout Roman Catholic, John was active in his church, SS. Peter & Paul, in Naperville and served as President of the local chapter of Saint Vincent de Paul. He was also a Eucharistic Minister at Edward Hospital in Naperville.

Visitation will be held Thursday, December 19, 2019, 4:00-8:00 PM at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill St., Naperville.

Services will begin Friday, December 20, 10:00 AM from the funeral home and will proceed to a 10:30 AM Mass of Christian Burial at Ss. Peter & Paul Church, 36 N. Ellsworth St., Naperville with Archbishop Jerome Listecki officiating.

Entombment: Mausoleum of the Holy Apostles, Ss. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Naperville with military honors to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations in John's memory can be made to:

Edward Cancer Center, c/o The Edward Foundation, 801 S. Washington St., Naperville, IL 60540, (630) 527-3954 ,


St. Vincent DePaul, c/o Ss. Peter & Paul Church, 36 N. Ellsworth St., Naperville, IL 60540, (630) 355-1081. Please make checks payable to SS. Peter & Paul Church and write St. Vincent DePaul, "In memory of John M. Vest" on the memo line.

For more information, please call (630) 355-0213 or visit

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4:00 PM 12/19/2019 4:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 12/19/2019 8:00:00 PM
Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home

44 S. Mill St.
Naperville, IL 60540

Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home
44 S. Mill St. Naperville 60540 IL
United States

Mass of Christian Burial




10:30 AM 12/20/2019 10:30:00 AM
SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church

36 N. Ellsworth Street
Naperville, IL 60540

SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church
36 N. Ellsworth Street Naperville 60540 IL
United States

Cemetery Details


SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery Final Resting Place

701 North Ave
Naperville, IL 60540

701 North Ave Naperville 60540 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Edward Hospital Cancer Center, c/o Edward Foundation

801 S. Washington Street
Naperville, IL 60540

St. Vincent DePaul Society, please make checks to SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church.

36 N. Ellsworth St.
Naperville, IL 60540

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