Obituary of John Duerkes Jr.
John Duerkes, 66, of Howell, New Jersey, passed away suddenly on February 16, 2023. He was born in Neptune New Jersey on September 29th 1956. He grew up in Howell with his three sisters, Ginny, Linda and Patti. He loved playing little league baseball and hanging around with his favorite cousins, Bobby and Billy Emmons, Danny Bryne and Charlie O’Shea. Even at a young age John took pride in working hard and held jobs at Freehold Movie Theatre, Howard Johnsons and Delicous Orchards.
After John graduated from Howell High School in 1974, he went on to study and become a Chiropractor through studies at Life University in Marietta GA. After graduating with a degree in his field, he proudly opened his own practice – Wall Chiropractic Center in Wall, NJ. His practice and his deep concern and care for his patients were a great source of joy throughout his life. While John felt so much passion and pride in being a Chiropractor, he also loved working outdoors and planting gardens. In addition, he loved golfing, playing softball, deep sea fishing, playing the guitar, attending local music venues especially listening to Holme, watching movies and cheering on his beloved Giants and Yankees.
In 2000, John met the true love of his life, Eileen. They were married in 2012. Eileen was an absolute angel in his life and he felt immense gratitude to have her by his side.
John is survived by his loving wife Eileen; his son Kevin Duerkes; daughter-in-law: Jaime Duerkes; grandchild Vienna Duerkes; his sisters Linda Rice and Patti Williams; Brother's-in-law: Danny McCormack, Kevin McCormack, Donnie Rice and Paul Williams; Sister-in-law Joanne McCormack and Mely McCormack; his adoring Aunt – Barbara Freeman; his beloved nieces and nephews Melody Lozito, Tori Foster, Jeremy Foster, Cassie Sanchez, Rhiannon Williams, Samantha McCormack, Melissa Puopolo, Dan Rice and Bill Rice; along with many loving cousins, dear friends and longstanding patients.
John is predeceased by his parents John and Dolores Duerkes and his dear sister Ginny. They are now reunited together in peace and joy.
Family and friends are welcome to attend a celebration of life on Monday, February 20, 2023 from 2:00-4:00pm and 7:00-9:00pm at the Freeman Funeral Home, 47 East Main Street, Freehold, NJ 07728. A final service will be held on Tuesday, February 21, 2023 11:00am at Ardena Baptist Church in Howell. In his memory, we ask that you reach out and perform an act of random kindness and hug those you love extra tight. To leave a condolence or find directions, visit www.freemanfuneralhomes.com