John was born to Johnny and Janice Kalcevic September 13, 1971 in Denver, Colorado. He was brought home to Strasburg, Colorado, becoming the third of four siblings.
John attended Strasburg Elementary School until the 5th Grade, when he then transferred to Prospect Valley Elementary. He attended Weld Central High School, where he graduated in 1989.
Following high school, John worked at Kalcevic Farms in Bennett, Colorado until moving to become the manager of their JFJ location in Lindon, Colorado in 1991. He was very passionate about the farm, and the crops that he helped raise. He soon met Teresa Packard, whom he would eventually marry and conceive five children with (Frank, Annelise, Dannica, Janice, and Levi). Showcasing his giving heart, John joined the Southeast Washington county Volunteer Fire Department in 1995, spending 16 years volunteering there. Once he left the farm position at the JFJ, he purchased a plum crazy purple Peterbilt, which he was extremely proud of. John then created his own trucking company, JT Transports. During that time, he hauled various freight over-the-road.
After a few years and a major life change, John moved to Morgan County, where he worked his way into a technician position at Ehrlich Toyota. He enjoyed wrenching, and especially enjoyed the routine maintenance lunch dates that he got to share with his sister, Julie. Throughout these years, John spent most of his free time enjoying his kids. He watched Frank and Shelby get married, and became a Pappy in 2017 to Emma Kalcevic. John witnessed Annelise excel in many areas, from being the President of her FFA Chapter, to pursuing her dream of becoming an RN. He was eager to watch Dannica begin her farming and ranching journey in college, and was so proud of his middle child following in his family footsteps. John spent countless weekends with Janice and Levi, taking them fishing, going for drives, and helping with their 4H projects. Janice was there for him when he needed a smaller set of hands to wire in a radio in his pickup, and they bonded while talking smack after different sport events. He was extremely proud of her well-rounded and pronounced achievements in various sports. Every day that they possibly could, Levi and John shared phone calls filled with talks of hunting, fishing, diesel trucks, and antique tractors.
John spent most of his time telling stories with numerous detours, and cracking jokes along the way. He had a special memory and story to match with every one of his many friends. John always enjoyed a nice fishing trip with his children and nieces/nephews. He had a lifelong passion for antique tractors and tractor pulling, as well as restoring several antique tractors throughout the years. Eventually, he became President of the NCATP for a period of time. John enjoyed classic cars, and even cherished his 1965 Chevrolet Impala with a 396 and 4 speed transmission. He later treated himself to a plum crazy purple Dodge Challenger 392 Scat Pack. John also loved motorcycles, and owned various ones throughout his years. In high school, John played football for the Weld Central Rebels. Most importantly, John enjoyed family gatherings, and would stop anything to help someone that he loved.
John was preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Dorothy Greenwalt; John G and Virginia Kalcevic; and Julia Kalcevic; his mother Janice D Kalcevic (Greenwalt), and his sister Julaine Packard (Kalcevic). He is survived by his large and loving family: Johnny and Diane Kalcevic; Frank, Shelby, and Emma Kalcevic; Annelise Kalcevic and Ethan Hopkins; Dannica, Janice, and Levi Kalcevic; his ex-wife Teresa Packard; Dorie and Ron McInturf; Ben Adams and Lilly Rossi; Laurel, Trevor, Payton, Chase, and Karson Droogan; Jeff, Charlotte, Bronwyn, Destyne, Boden, and Mac Kalcevic; Jon, Alec, and Elizabeth Packard; Scot, Becki, and EJ Highland; Lance Highland; and Jessica Davis, his caring and loving longtime partner. He is also survived by countless friends and other family members.
A viewing service will be held at Tabor-Rice Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 26th at 5:00pm, with a service to follow at 6:00pm. Following cremation, on September 17th, 2022, there will be a burial at Mount View Cemetery in Bennett, Colorado starting at 1:00pm, with a Celebration of Life at May Farms in Byers, Colorado at 2:00pm.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to a memorial GoFundMe page at https://gofund.me/51a2ba79