In 1961, Dr. Kanak, lovingly known to his family and friends as Jack, married Mary Ellen Hayob in Salisbury, Mo. and had two children, Katharine Marie Kanak and Carlton Alexander Kanak.
In 1979 he married Ellen Nease Cobb in Chickasha and joined with her children Stephen Cobb and Richard Cobb.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Antone, Joseph Jr., Bernard and Francis; and two sisters, Sr. Margaret Ann OSF, and Margaret.
He is survived by his wife, Ellen; four children, Katharine (husband Jerry Straka), Carlton Alexander, Stephen Cobb (wife Susan) and Richard Cobb (wife Inger); six grandchildren, Jason, Jonathon and Joshua Cobb, and Jordan, Stockton and Duncan Cobb; sister, Lucy O’Brien; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 1 p.m. Monday at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church. Immediately following visitation, a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m.
Jack was very compassionate about the well-being and civil rights of all people. An example of this was witnessed by his actions of counseling the families and friends of victims of the bombing of the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City.
Jack farmed during much of his youth and enjoyed returning home to Kansas annually for the wheat harvest as much as possible. Later in life, Jack coached youth soccer, was a St. Louis Cardinal fan, raised hybrid tea roses and pine trees and enjoyed singing and music, especially Frank Sinatra and Gregorian Chant. He also was a member of the Knights of Columbus.
At the request of the family memorials and contributions can be made to Catholic Charities or the American Cancer Society.
Norman Transcript, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013