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Winn Funeral Home Chapel
Wednesday June 17th, 2015
2:00pm - 8:00pm

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Thursday June 18th, 2015
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John Fahed Hishmeh

John Fahed Hishmeh, age 84, of Horse Cave, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family and loved ones after a prolonged illness on Saturday, June 13, 2015, in Horse Cave, Kentucky. 

John was born on June 15, 1930 in Ramallah, Palestine to parents Fahed and Badia Hishmeh.  John was the second of ten children.  He came to the United States in 1952.  John was a great family man and a loving father and grandfather.  He married Aida Totah in 1952 and they had five children, Betty, Raymond, Rema, Mona and Alfred.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Fahed and Badia, step-mother, Hilda, three brothers, George, Mansour and Joe, and two sisters, Jean and Laila. 

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Aida Hishmeh, his brothers, Anton Hishmeh of Frederick, Maryland, Basem, Raja and Ghazi Hishmeh of Lexington, Kentucky, his children, Betty, Raymond, Rema, Mona, and Alfred; eight grandchildren, Amanda Nolan, Anthony Saah, John Paul, James Lee, Samuel, Ray, Kyle and Antonio; and nine great-grandchildren, Tyler, Colby, Presley, Madeline, Jordan, Rogan, Andrew, Dalia and soon-to-be, Payton.

John was dedicated to his church and community.  He enjoyed his family, gardening and fundraising for his church.  His family and friends will always remember him as a generous, affectionate, considerate, optimistic, kind, admirable and loyal family man.  His life-long passion in the food and hospitality business, and having founded "Sahara Steakhouse" in Cave City in 1972, left behind a legacy of many years of his restaurateur expertise.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 17 from 2-8 p.m. at the Chapel of Winn Funeral Home, Horse Cave, Kentucky, with Rosary Service at 7 p.m. 

A "Tribute to John" is scheduled at the funeral home on Thursday, June 18 at 10 a.m. followed by an 11:30 Funeral Mass at Our Lady of the Caves Catholic Church and burial at Horse Cave Municipal Cemetery.  All are welcome to attend and celebrate John's life.

Expressions of sympathy may be made in the form of contributions to Our Lady of the Caves Catholic Church, 102 West Brown Street, Glasgow, KY  42141.

Funeral services under the direction of Winn Funeral Home, Horse Cave.





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I always had the greatest respect for Amoh Hanna. He was such a dignified man that got along with everyone. For the longest time I would see him at every funeral and wedding in Louisville and Lexington. He even supported the Ramallah Clubs in Kentucky in anyway he could. He will be missed. Allah Yirhameh.

nabeel salama Jun 17 2015 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Vanessa Waddell Jun 17 2015 12:00 AM

Sending condolences to Raymond, Cindy and family

Edith Bastin Jun 17 2015 12:00 AM

Raymond, Cindy, Alfred, Jan, and family,
Our prayers are with you all in the passing of Mr. Hishmeh.  May the Lord provide comfort and strength for you all now and the days and years ahead.

Richard and Vera Gaye Basil Jun 16 2015 12:00 AM

TRADITIONAL FUNERAL BASKET was sent by The Bebawy Family .

Our condolences to Aunt Aida and the Hishmeh family, May these flowers bloom in memory of Uncle John...Until we meet again, may the Lord hold you in the palm of his hand. Love, Atef, Hanan, Nadia, Matthew, Michael, Natalie, Rob and baby Gianna

Natalie Spares Jun 16 2015 12:00 AM

PEDESTAL ARRANGEMENT was sent by Waleed Hishmeh.

Aunti Aida, Betty, Raymond, Rema, Mona, and Alfred, My heartfelt condolences to all of you and to the entire Hishmeh family. May you find comfort in one another. Much Love to you all. Waleed Hishmeh

WP Hishmeh Jun 16 2015 12:00 AM

Raymond and Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. You all are in our prayers and will continue to be though this trying time. May God be with you all and bless you with peace. We love you all.
Scott and Angela Smith

Angela Smith Jun 16 2015 12:00 AM

Raymond and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. John was a great man. If there is anything we can do, please don't hesitate to call upon us. You all will be in our prayers.

Julie, Chris and Hunter Caldwell Jun 15 2015 12:00 AM

Much sympathy,love, and prayers for the entire family. I am indeed blessed to have known such a kind wonderful soul. I will forever smile when I think of him selling the baklava in his little Santa-hat every Christmas season after the Masses. Even in frigid rain and snow! And he could grill the best melt-in-your-mouth steak on the planet!
I know too, that he and my late husband, John, have surely greeted each other by now in Heaven. We shall ALL be together again someday. May that blessed assurance comfort everyone.            Dinah

Dinah Schum Jun 15 2015 12:00 AM

John will always hold a very special place in our hearts.  He was a very good man and he and Aida were the best of neighbors.  The wooden crucifix John and Aida brought back from the Holy Land for us hangs proudly on our home.  It will serve as an on-going remembrance of this awesome man.  Our deepest condolences to Aida, their children, and the rest of the Hishmeh family.

Rob & Alyce Anne Heberly & Family Jun 15 2015 12:00 AM

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