John William Bicek, Jr.

  • Born: December 10, 1998
  • Died: August 6, 2019
  • Location: Hebron, Illinois

Colonial Funeral Home & Crematory

591 Ridgeview Drive
McHenry, IL 60050
Tel. (815) 385-0063

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Son, Brother, Nephew, Uncle, Cousin and Friend

John William Bicek Jr., age 20, of Hebron, IL, was found unexpectedly deceased after being reported missing by his family on Tuesday, August 6, 2019.
John graduated from McHenry West High School Class of 2017 as a Distinguished Warrior. During his school years, John excelled in Chess, several AP Classes and was part of the National Honor Society. He enjoyed reading, gaming and above all, his friends and family. He was always there to lend a helping hand to anyone in need and will be greatly missed by many and always remembered as a great son, brother, nephew, uncle, cousin and friend.
He is survived by his parents Heather and James Lorenz; his siblings: Sabrina Simon Sanchez (Gaul), Sandra Bicek, Wyatt Smith, Savannah and Dakota Lorenz; his aunts: Patricia Beauchamp and Christine White, as well as many other aunts, uncles, nieces, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Cecelia and Ronald Beauchamp.
Memorial Visitation will take place on Sunday, August 18, 2019 from 11am to 2pm at Colonial Funeral Home & Crematory 591 Ridgeview Dr. McHenry IL.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in John's name may be directed to McHenry High School Chess Club, West Campus, 4724 W. Crystal Lake, Avenue, McHenry, IL 60050.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I had the privilege to work with John for almost a year. He was kind hearted. He would get so excited telling stories of chess club and talked about inquiring about helping the club in his spare time. I can't imagine the heartbreak his family and friends are feeling. He was a wonderful son, brother and friend.

Posted by Donna Jankowski - Lake Villa, IL   August 16, 2019

I went to high school with John and we shared a lot of classes, but I have the most memories of him in my senior Calculus class. That class was so challenging and often frustrating, but I never saw John without a smile. He was one of the most genuine people I've ever met. Many high schoolers are preoccupied with being viewed a certain way, but John never acted superior to anyone and he always had something positive to say. I've never met someone positive about Calculus- but John managed it somehow. I am absolutely heartbroken that we've lost such a kind, funny, and wonderful person.

Posted by Grace Macuk - McHenry, IL   August 16, 2019


Posted by eileen - IL   August 14, 2019

I will always remember you as little john

Posted by Kathy Mazik - Lake villa, IL - Neighbor   August 13, 2019

I was John's Chess Coach....I will remember John as an extremely kind person. never a negative word, no matter the situation. He was an extremely creative chess player which was indicative of the kind of thinker he was ,I do not think I can remember a time when John was not smiling....and that is how I will remember him.

Posted by Jeff Varda Varda - McHenry, IL - Teacher   August 13, 2019

I am so so sorry for your loss. My boys grew up in the same neighborhood and were friends with John. They remember him fondly. I can't begin to imagine the pain and grief you are going through, but I will be praying for the family.

Posted by Lorelei Mendez - Fresno, CA   August 13, 2019

I was a classmate/friend of John. We had study hall and history together. I remember him always taking naps in study hall. I photographed him one time because I found it silly that he was always sleeping across from our friend Keillor who was also always napping. I remember his jokes, and how he would poke me on facebook as a competition. He won... I will keep John in my memory forever. He was a big part of my high school days. My heart goes out to his family. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Alyssa Rivera - McHenry, IL - Classmate   August 13, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. Austin told me what a great young man John was. May your memories give you comfort. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Marilyn McCormick

Posted by Marilyn McCormick - Vernon Hills, IL - Friend   August 13, 2019

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Community Photos

John with team trophy at North Boone Tournament