John Nitz

John Nitz

Sunday, December 13th, 2020
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John Otto Nitz, of Streamwood, IL, passed away Sunday, December 13, 2020 at age 56 after a long illness. Born on December 3, 1964 in Chicago, he was a life-long outdoorsman and will be remembered for his love of fishing and caring for animals. Beloved son of Rosemary (nee Nelson) and the late John James Nitz; loving brother of the late Paul R. Nitz & Michelle C. (Raymond) Nitz-Jenkins; cherished uncle of Mary M. Nitz, Ashley N. Jenkins & Jeremy E. Jenkins; kind brother-in-law of Nancy G. Nitz and devoted companion of Jessica Ideno. Cremation was private at the Countryside Crematory and a private burial will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery in Blue Island, IL at a later date.
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Posted at 04:16am
Johnny so loved animals. Many years ago, laser focused eyed Johnny was riding in our uncle's camper in Wood Haven (misnomer) with his female cousins and sister, who were giggling about boys or other girly junk that he was not interested in... Well, out of the blue he screams in his gentle voice, "STOP, STOP, STOP!" We were all confused, why stop? Our uncle stops the mini behmouth and asks Johnny, "Why are we stopping?" Johnny hurriedly, rushing out the door, with his soft voice says, "Turtle." What turtle? Where turtle. We all look down the road, the side of the road, there was no turtle. I even looked in the sky. Where was this turtle? Johnny ran down the road to the size of a teeny tiny green pea and then he be began to grow larger as he returned to the camper. Sure enough, in his hand was was a Red Slider turtle the size which would fit in the palm of his hand. It was sitting in the middle of the road. Had he not rescued it, it surely would have been road kill. No one saw this lovely creature, but our sweet soft hearted cousin Johnny who loved nature and animals so much. He had Chameleons, Piranha, snakes, cats, dogs, but he really had such a knack with the exotics. He was able to have his Chameleons lay eggs! And not just once, but several times! I think he may have even have hatchlings from the clutch(es)! That is no easy feat to accomplish! He was very good with the difficult to raise exotic pets. He took very good care of the turtle that summer and may have taken it home or released it before he went home. Either way the turtle had a good daddy staying with Johnny.

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