John Emmett Schejbal, 77 of Eddyville, Kentucky, and formerly of Brookfield and Oak Park, died on July 12, 2018 at his home.
Born on Aug. 16, 1940 to James and Theodata (nee Monahan) Schejbal of Oak Park, he went to Fenwick High School and later started to work for Coca Cola.
He served with the U.S. 5th Army in Vietnam at the rank of Spec. 4 and was discharged in 1969 when his tour of duty was complete.
In 1971, he began his career as a firefighter for the River Forest Fire Department, continued his education, and became an EMT. He retired from the River Forest Fire Department in the early 1990s.
Mr. Schejbal also had a passion for cars and rebuilding engines, old and new. He opened Brookfield Engine Rebuilders in 1976 and continued until 1992.
In his later years, he retired from the cold winters in Chicago and relocated to Eddyville in 2005. There, he enjoyed lake life, his boat, visits from his children and grandchildren, and drove a school bus for Lyon County.
Mr. Schejbal is survived by his wife of 15 years, Jeri McMahon Schejbal; his children, Jeff (Tammy Miller) Schejbal, Karen (Mike) Albertini, John (Michelle) Krogh and Ken (Chrissy) Schejbal; his grandchildren, Jeffrey, Bailey, Zackary, Tyler, Ryan, Allison, Jack and Johnny; his siblings, Virginia (Charles) Poidomonte, Joanne (Harry) O’Brien, James (Beatrice) Schejbal and Kathleen (late Robert) Schulenberg; and his many nieces, great-nieces, nephews and great-nephews.
Visitation is on Wednesday, Aug. 8 from 3 to 9 p.m. at Kuratko-Nosek Funeral Home, 2447 Desplaines Ave. in North Riverside, with a memorial service at 8 p.m.