The visitation for John Owan Gabhart was from 2-7 p.m. followed by a memorial service until 8 p.m. Sunday, at Rago Brother Funeral Home, 7751 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, Ill.
John was born June 6, 1936, in Dickens.
His public service career began in the Cook County Forest Preserve where he worked for 33 years. He began as a forester but was quickly promoted to Administrative Assistant to the General Superintendent on March 2, 1970.
In 1987, he was elected as the Forest Preserve District Trustee to the Cook County Pension Board. During his 20 years of service on the board he was elected Vice President and served in that capacity at the time of his death. In 1989, he was appointed as liaison between the Forest Preserve District of Law Enforcement and the General Superintendent.
His public service continued after retirement for the county when he went to work for the Secretary of State Jesse White as an Administrative Assistant in that office. John's passion for public service and his love of the Chicago and Cook County political scene filled 40 years of his life.
John is survived by his wife Mary (nee Caffarello); his son, Sean Tyler; sisters: Diane Griffin and Jolene Hott (Kent); and a brother, Don.