No public service will be held for John Francis Navrat, 62, of Wichita, Kansas, who died Oct. 2 at Andover after a decades-long battle with multiple sclerosis.
Born July 12, 1958, in Marion, he was the son of Joan Klenda Navrat and the late Leonard Francis Navrat.
John loved the family farm, harvesting and plowing fields as a teen, and enjoying the surroundings of his father’s homestead well into his adulthood. Growing up in Wichita, the eldest of five children, John had creative talents directing and producing movies with neighborhood friends and family. He played the clarinet and guitar in his youth and was a loyal Kansas City Chiefs fan. John also loved cats and classic rock ’n’ roll. He was a graduate of East High School and attended Wichita State University.
Survivors include his mother, Joan, of Wichita; brothers, David and wife, Nancy, Navrat of Manhattan, Kansas and Tom Navrat of Andover, Kansas; sisters, Julie, and husband, Robert Lingenfelter of Plainview, Nebraska, and Susan Stopford of Fayetteville, Georgia. He also has 18 nieces and nephews.
His father, Dr. Leonard Francis Navrat of Wichita; and grandparents, Mike and Helen Ptacek Navrat of Marion, and Dr. Harry and Frances Trampota Klenda of Wichita preceded him in death.
John’s mother and siblings wish to thank the dedicated staff at Victoria Falls Skilled Nursing Home in Andover, along with the professional care team at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice for the attentive and loving care they provided.
Two memorials have been established in John’s name: Victoria Falls Skilled Nursing Home, 224 E. Central Ave., Andover, KS 67002; and Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, 313 S. Market St., Wichita, KS 67202.
The family expresses deepest thanks for the support of these organizations that were so critical to the care and wellbeing of John.
Services in care of Downing & Lahey East Mortuary. Tributes can be shared online at www.dlwichita.com.