Rudolph J. Nekovar Jr.

Rudolph J. “Rudy” Nekovar, Jr., 86, of Hodgkins and formerly of Riverside, North Riverside and Cicero, died March 6, 2023. 

Mr. Nekovar was born May 4, 1936 and was a retired florist of many years working with Romani Florists, Phillips Flowers, Heritage House Florists and Curtiss Bridal. He was the wedding coordinator at Riverside Presbyterian Church for many years and was known as the “Original Wedding Singer,” long before the movie.

He had the gift of music and was a talented singer dating back to the 1940s and ’50s and won first place at Hot Point Family Night in April of 1949, among many other awards. He loved crosswords, pro wrestling and was an avid fan of “Judge Judy.”  

Mr. Nekovar father of Curtis (Janet) Nekovar, Melody Johnson and Keri (Jorge) Herrera; the former spouse and dear friend of Christine Stout; and the grandfather of Nicole (Ray) Dalrymple and Morgan, Nicholas and Benjamin Johnson. 

A memorial service will be held at Highlands Presbyterian Church, 1902 W. 59th St., LaGrange Highlands, on May 6 at 11 a.m. A reception at the church will follow. Inurnment at Bronswood Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Angels Grace Hospice. 440 Quadrangle Dr., #G, Bolingbrook, 60440 are appreciated. 

Arrangements were handled by the Original Kuratko Family, Brian D. Kuratko, funeral director.