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Friday, April 2, 2021

Obituary - John Joseph Cikan

John Joseph Cikan, Retired Air Force Master Sergeant, 75, of Belton, MO passed away Sunday, March 28, 2021 at his home. Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday April 17, 2021 at St. Sabina Parish in Belton, MO with visitation from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Burial will be in Belton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Salvation Army.

John was born July 24, 1945. His parents were Stanley and Mary (LoPresti) Cikan. John grew up in Brookfield, IL with three younger siblings. He joined the United States Air Force in 1963 and served in Georgia, Hawaii and Kansas before marrying Mary Ellen Kotek of Lyons, IL in 1970. John and Mary Ellen raised three children while stationed in Illinois, Missouri, South Carolina, The Netherlands, and New Jersey. John served 22 years in the Air Force including two tours in Vietnam and one in Guam. He came back to Belton, Mo and retired from the military in 1985. John then worked 20 years as a custodian for the Blue Valley School District.

Adopted as an infant, John was curious about his biological family. He felt blessed to learn about his biological mother and to be acquainted with additional siblings and extended family prior to his passing.

He is survived by Mary Ellen, his wife of 50 years; son Jeremy Cikan; daughters Julie van Eijndt (John) and Jamie Ayers (Steven); grandchildren Matthew Cikan (Taryn), Dustin Cikan, Cheyanne Cikan, Philip Cikan, Emily van Eijndt, Liliana van Eijndt, David Ayers, Zoe Ayers and Nathan Ayers; great grandchildren Cali Rae Cikan and Kaydence Cikan; sisters Marlene Keller, Cheryl Frakes, and Ramona Archuleta; and many extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his biological mother Wilma Wyant; brothers Joseph Cikan and Scott Wyant; and sister Donna Kozar.

John loved God, his family, his country and sharing his life-stories with all. He is missed by many, especially those who called him Papa.