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John William Ankebrant

Obituary for John William Ankebrant

November 26, 1950 - January 3, 2020
Antioch, Illinois | Age 69

Loving Father, Grandfather, Great-grandfather, Son, Brother, Uncle and Friend


John William Ankebrant, age 69, of Antioch, Illinois, passed away peacefully early Friday morning, January 3, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. John was born November 26, 1950, in Chicago, Illinois to John Joseph Ankebrant, Jr. and Norma Marie Ankebrant (née Fuhr). John worked for many years as an over-the-road and local truck driver. John was also a general contractor throughout his life and he could build a house from the foundation up. John enjoyed working hard; he never went anywhere without a tape measure fastened to his Levi's. John had a lifelong affection for fishing and could often be found at the shores of the Channel Lakes or on the pier at Fish Lake Beach. John's love of horses and riding was immeasurable; he always dreamed of owning his own horse ranch in Montana. John could carry a tune and loved to sing and share his love of music with others. John was an unbelievable pillar of strength who fought harder than ever thought possible. He was diagnosed with COPD in 2007. He survived a "widow maker" heart attack just before Christmas 2013. It took them more than 20 minutes and 7 broken ribs to bring him back and after they did he was known as a modern miracle at Condell Medical Center; he couldn't go anywhere in that hospital without being stopped to chat and catch up with the nursing/care staff. In June 2016, he reached end-stage COPD and coupled with the multiple heart conditions, his doctors didn't expect him to survive more than 6 months. He pushed and he fought and he beat their odds. He wanted to be here. He wanted to be alive. He wanted to be with his family. He did exactly what he wanted. But he suffered a great deal in between. He hated being sick. He hated being limited. He hated not working. Towards the end he lost the ability to walk and he hated being stuck in that wheelchair. He struggled for every breath every day. He fought such a good fight and he did such an amazing job. His family couldn't be more proud of him. John was a father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, and friend. He loved with all his heart. John's warmth, kindness, and support of his family was constant and unwavering. John is survived by his daughters Carrie Anne Cano (née Ankebrant), Cynthia Lee Gasparino (née Poore), and Regina (John) Luedke (née Poore); grandchildren, Nicholas, Julia, Michael, John, Lisa, RaeAnne, Amber, and Nichole; great grandchildren, Gracelyn, Wesley, Olivia, Adin, Aly, Parker, Isla, Isabella, and Calvin; sisters, Diane (Rich) Corelli and Nancy Ankebrant Hoskins; brothers, William (Brenda) Ankebrant, Ronald (Donna) Ankebrant, Arthur (Sherry) Ankebrant, Ronald (Anna) Looze, and Emil Looze; nieces and nephews, Joseph, Christine, Kimberly, Karen, Kevin, Ronald, Christopher, Stephanie, Brandon, Ashley, Courtney, Cyndi, Daniel, Toby, Lukas, and Emma; as well as many great nieces and nephews. John also shared a close bond and enjoyed many good conversations with Matthew Jones (son-in-law). In addition to his parents, John is preceded in death by his stepfather, Emil Looze, who was the only father he had ever known; his grandparents, William and Helen Fuhr (née Dato) and John and Elsie Ankebrant (née Albrecht); brothers Gregory Ankebrant and Roger Looze; sister-in-law Rochelle "Shellie" Looze; as well as numerous aunts and uncles.

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