John V. Dervis, 88, of Wheaton, passed away December 23, 2017 at his home. John was born February 18, 1929 in Chicago, IL to his loving first-generation Greek immigrant parents, Vasilios and Alexandra Dervisis (nee Muyias).
During the Great Depression, John helped support his family by shining shoes. He later graduated from Austin High School, Class of 1947. He went on to serve his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, where he earned the Korean Service Medal with One Bronze Campaign Star and the United Nations Service Medal.
John was married to Jane Dervis (nee Ternand) for 18 years, after meeting her in a bar where he worked as a bartender. Together they raised two children, who he taught to be self-reliant and independent thinkers. Later after Jane’s passing, John married Sheila Hardy.
During the 1950s and ‘60s John bartended at Mister Kelly’s and the Playboy Club in Chicago. John later owned his own small business in Bartlett for 30 years.
Loved ones will remember John as a jovial and charming man who made a lasting impression. He was known to be inquisitive, persistent, caring and had a mischievous side.
John was an amateur inventor who held several patents. He also enjoyed writing stories, including autobiographical works as well as fiction. John loved listening to works by Mozart and Stephen Foster, fine meals and meeting new friends.
John was preceded in death by his wives, Jane and Sheila; and sisters Mary and Maggie.
John is survived by his children, John (Lori) Dervis and Kari (Paul Watson) Dervis-Watson; brother George (Ann) Dervis, and grandchildren, Maggie, Jenna and Carolina Dervis.
Memorial service details will be announced at a later date.