John L. Riordan, Sr. (1931-2017)
John Leo Riordan, Sr., age 86, of Kenosha died December 12, 2017 at UHS Kenosha Medical Center.
John was born in St. Paul Minnesota on November 23, 1931. He was one of three children born to Leo and Laura (Waibel) Riordan. He graduated from Mary D. Bradford High School in 1950. From 1951 until 1955, John was in the U.S. Navy, having served overseas on the USS Salisbury Sound.
John was a hard-working man. He owned and operated four Burger Chef restaurants during the 70’s and 80’s. He also worked at the family’s Dutch Maid Ice Cream Shop and owned and operated Gold Star Video in the 80’s and 90’s
John is survived by his loving wife Christine, and by his children, Renee Pozza of Kenosha, John L. (Barbara) Riordan, Jr. of Springfield IL, Lisa L. (Andrew Fellner) Laitinen of Racine, William L. Laitinen of Racine, Dennis M. Laitinen of Paddock Lake, Jon Laitinen of Racine, and Lynda (Daniel Terlecki) Laitinen-Terlecki of South Beloit Il. He is further survived by his grandchildren, Caleb, Jacob, James, Paige, Allison, Irene and Gio and several great grandchildren, as well as his brother Jerry (Mary Lou) Riordan of Kenosha.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Kathleen Carlson, and by his stepson Eric Laitinen.
A funeral service for John will be held on Saturday December 16, 2017 at Kemper Center’s Founders Hall (6501 3rd Avenue) at 11:00AM. Visitation with the family will take place in Founders Hall from 9:30AM until the time of the service. Committal will be at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery at a later date.