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John McKiernan

John Edward McKiernan, Jr.

Thursday, April 18th, 1940 - Friday, March 1st, 2019
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Obituary

John Edward McKiernan, Jr., 78, passed away Friday, March 1, 2019.
He was a graduate of Flaget High School class of 1958 and Western Kentucky University where he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity and Sigma Phi Alpha locally. He was a proud U.S. Navy veteran and long-time member of St. Barnabas parish.
In the late 1960’s John taught commercial business at Seneca, Fairdale, Western and Southern high Schools. He was employed for 20 years at the L&N Railroad and later at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts Broadway Series. He retired from the University Of Louisville Department of Surgery in 2009 after 12 years of service.
John was a handsome, dapper, seasoned world traveler. He was loved and remembered for his passion for dancing, Frank Sinatra music, his larger-than-life personality and generous heart. He possessed a natural gift for conversation and was interested in everyone who crossed his path. In his Flaget days he was the jitterbug king at just about every Catholic teen club in Louisville. He was especially proud of his Irish Catholic heritage and was admired and adored by everyone.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Catherine Gillem McKiernan and John E. McKiernan, Sr., and brothers, Ronald E. McKiernan and Michael H. McKiernan.
Survivors include nieces, Karen Hagan, Laura Gaeta, Maria Wuerth, Kate Thiel, Kelly Blincoe; nephews, Patrick McKiernan, Ronnie V. McKiernan, and Cary McKiernan; sisters-in-law, Joyce McKiernan and Connie Fowler; a host of cousins; great-nieces & nephews and countless friends; life-long friends, Rose Marie Brady and Martin Donlon, Rich and Judy Powell; special cousin, Sharon McKiernan White; and devoted caregiver, Lynne McKnight.
His funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 8, 2019 at St. John Paul II, 3042 Hikes Lane with burial in Calvary Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 2:00 – 8:00 pm Thursday at Highlands Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Rd.
At John’s request, expressions of sympathy may be made to Presentation Academy Development Office, 861 South Fourth Street, Louisville, KY 40202.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, March 7th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Thursday, March 7th, 2019 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Highlands Funeral Home
    Address
    3331 Taylorsville Rd.
    Louisville, KY 40205
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  • Service

    Friday, March 8th, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Friday, March 8th, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    St. John Paul II (St. Barnabas Campus)
    Address
    3042 Hikes Lane
    LOUISVILLE, KY
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  • Interment

    Location
    Calvary Cemetery
    Address
    1600 Newburg Rd.
    LOUISVILLE, KY 40205
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Our warmest condolences, from Steve McKiernan and Kathy McKiernan Lang, children of Edward Quinn and Kathleen McKiernan
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