John Joseph Rakos, age 57, joined his loved ones in Heaven on September 14th, 2022. He passed peacefully in his home with family. True to his character, John courageously fought pancreatic cancer for over two years with unlimited faith and love. He never let cancer get the best of him, despite the hardships he enduredThrough it all, John insisted he did not need a bucket list. He strongly believed he lived his best life with no regrets. He will forever be remembered for his giving nature, eternal optimism, ability to always make people laugh and his unconditional love for his family, no matter what.

John was a devoted, loving husband to Sharon and an incredible father for his daughters, Jessica and MelissaWe must alsomention how much John cherished Angel, his silly puppy dog.He was born in Minneapolis, MN and was the first of three children born to Joseph and Roberta Rakos. John grew up with his brother Jim Rakos and sister Lynn Mandinec. Some of his fondest childhood memories took place up north spending time with family and being surrounded by nature

After graduating college from the University of Minnesota, John embarked on his 35-year career in Scrap Metals Recycling. He enjoyed building professional and personal relationships with everyone he met along the way. He held his colleagues and the friendships he made in the highest regard.

John met his life partner, Sharon, in Toledo, OH. They were married in 1993 and continued to build their family and life together in the MidwestThrough the years, they all shared a life filled with many extraordinary adventures, endless laugherand exponential love.

John preferred to be outdoors and called himself an “action-Jackson kind of guy. He introduced the adventures of boating, camping and skiing to his wife and daughters. He rarely got embarrassed and enjoyed being silly, especially when times were tough. He had a hard time sitting still and projects always magically got done when he was around. He was the most dependable person in all of our lives. John was always willing to drop what he was doing to help in the moment, stranger or not. He even had a knack for rescuing many stranded watercrafts.

John was a numbers and math lover. In work and in recreation, he was always measuring the odds and formulating a win for all. He was also known for his consistent leadership and providing great advice, along with a laugh. He was quick with his “cowboy math” and loved to greet friends and loved ones with a cheery “Good Morning Sunshine!” He was comfortable living life on the edge and skilled in managing risks. John had a competitive edge that never dulled, but was modest with the achievements he earned. However, he was not shy about sharing his daughters accomplishments.

John inspired those around him to be the best version of themselves, and to live by faith, family, and fun. He gave the best of himself to everyone, every single day. We are all truly blessed to have been within his orbit.  He had a profound impact on us all. He will be dearly missed.

We would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of love, prayers and support provided now and over the years. He truly had an army of supporters backing him throughout his life journey.

Flowers may be sent to The Church of the Ascension. In lieu of sending flowers, please consider donating to charity below.

Cancer Action – Must be mailed to 10520 Barkley, Suite 100 Overland Park, KS 66212

Catholic Charities of NE Kansas –

The funeral mass will take place at Church of the Ascension on September 26th, 2022 at 10:00am, followed by a luncheon in the Parish HallThe church address is 9510 W 127th St, Overland Park, KS 66213. The service will be live streamed at


Norma DeLeon Sep 19, 2022

Co-worker ,Olathe ,Kansas

John's smile lit up the room. HIs strength and optimism was inspirational and his courage through each and every day will never be forgotten. I will miss him dearly, my VP, my colleague, my friend. We will miss you dearly, John but now rest in the arms of our loving God. God bless you and girls, Sharon - you will always be part of our little AMR family.

Joseph Weigel Sep 19, 2022

Friend and co-worker ,Kansas City ,Missouri

Good Morning Sunshine I heard that many of times with my 30 years of working with John. We had many memorable moments in our business and pleasure golfing and sitting around telling stories over a cold beer. John will truly be missed, but will always have those memoires to look back on. God Bless you John and your wonderful family. Your Friend, Joe

Larry Schnurbusch Sep 19, 2022

Friend ,St Louis ,Missouri

I was saddened to learn of John’s passing. John was a real professional and a true friend. Our business relationship started early in John’s career (St Louis) and our friendship continued with many fun times at the Lake. As recently as Mid May we got together on his boat then went to Baxters for a fun evening & dinner. May the sadness and sorrow you experience at this time, soon turn to the many happy memories you have of a wonderful guy. Peace to Sharon, Jessica &nMelissa. He loved you dearly.

Phil Heston Sep 19, 2022

Friend ,Whitefish Bay ,Wisconsin

I was lucky enough to interview a young John Rakos as he was graduating from The U. We offered him a job and he joined North Star Steel in Monroe, Michigan. John was everything mentioned above and so much more. His positivity made every situation that much more manageable. The scrap world is a brighter place because of him!

Bob Eviston Sep 21, 2022

John is in our Hall of Fame as a business leader and more importantly as a person. He had an amazing run and his impact will be forever felt . I am grateful to have been part of his life. I will never forget his Barney Purple ski suit, it was so John.

Peter DeStefano Sep 21, 2022

Friend ,Lake Barrington ,Illinois

I knew John for many years in the industry. No one ever had a negative thing to say about him. I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last December and John and I had a number of phone conversations about what we were both going through. His support and encouragement for me was incredible and heartfelt despite him dealing with his own plight. God Bless him and his Family. Peter DeStefano

Mark & Kathy Beeler Sep 21, 2022

Boat neighbor at Lake of the Ozarks ,Lake Ozark ,Missouri

John was a boat neighbor and a friend. He was always optimistic and full of energy. John has been and will be missed by so many of his boating friends. Prayers to the family through this difficult time. RIP John

Anna M Schuster Sep 21, 2022

Family Friend ,Olathe ,Kansas

John always had a sunny disposition and great attitude. He loved his family and his church. He will be missed! May he rest in peace in Heaven forever with the Angels and Saints. Peace and Prayers, Schuster Family JJ, Anna, Evan, Ethan+, Emma, Elizabeth & Elliott

Nikki Willis Sep 22, 2022

Co-Worker of his daughter Melissa ,Eudora ,Kansas

Even though I did not know John personally I just wanted to send my sympathies to the family I lost my own father close to the holidays as well and I know how difficult that can be . I pray God's peace for your family and that his love will surround you at this very difficult time . We get to keep the memories forever .

Greg Marceaux Sep 22, 2022

Friend ,Louisville ,Kentucky

I had the pleasure of working with John 30 years ago in Beaumont TX. His high energy and positive spirit was truly refreshing, day in and day out. He had the ability to bring forth a smile with a quick word and a twinkle in his eye. He was always up beat and eager to learn the business while being personable. We each went our separate ways career-wise and talked from time to time over the years. When we did it was always the same Johnny, almost like time stood still. I will miss him and my heart and prayers go out to his family!

Michelle Henkensiefken Sep 24, 2022

Friend of Sharon ,Olathe ,Kansas

May God wrap his almighty arms around you and your family during this difficult time. Sounds like John was an amazing person and so full of life. I’m so very sorry for your loss and love you dearly friend.

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