John L. Elliott, 86, of Swansea, Ill., formerly of Cahokia, Ill., born Oct. 21, 1926 in Carmi, Ill., answered God's call to come home on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 at Sycamore Village Assisted Living in Swansea, Ill.
Born to Vance and Myree Stephens Elliott, John was the fifth son in his family. The family moved to East St. Louis, Ill., when he was a young boy. John was a quiet young man and was baptized as a teenager, attending the Bond Avenue Methodist Church in East St. Louis. John frequently carried his younger sister, Charlene, to church. Being a hard worker with high work ethics, John's first paid job was delivering newspapers. He later worked at a feed mill before he joined the service. John graduated from East Side High School in East St. Louis, Ill., and joined the Army Air Corp. in 1944.
John met the love of his life, Theresa Schuepbach, in Madison, Wis., at a YMCA dance in 1946. They were married on June 17, 1946 in Madison, Wis. When John was discharged from the service, he and Theresa made their home in East St. Louis, where their first child, Joanne, was born. John was very athletic. He enjoyed bowling and golf, but his favorite sport was baseball. John played ball in the East St. Louis Jack Houston League as a short stop and a catcher in Jones Park. In 1948, John and Theresa moved their family to Madison, Wis., where their only son, John V. was born. After the death of his mother, Myree Elliott, in 1952, John moved with his family to Southern Illinois to help care for his teenage sister, Charlene, where their third child, Mary Lou, was added to the family. In 1954, the family relocated to Cahokia, Ill., and their last child, Gloria, made the family complete. John worked at Dixie Feed Mills in East St. Louis for many years and became the building maintenance engineer at the Scottish Rite Temple in Belleville, Ill., in 1972 and retired from there. During John's time at the Scottish Rite, he a found a new passion, making peanut brittle, fudge and chocolate covered peanut butter balls and mint balls for the holidays; that many looked forward to each holiday season. John was awarded the medal for No. 1 candy maker, which he proudly wore. His grandson, Brian, has taken the torch to carry on that tradition utilizing John's special recipes. John was always seen wearing one of his many ball caps, with one of his favorite's being: The Bestest Grandpa that had all of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren's names on it. John resided in Cahokia until March, 2011, when he moved into the Sycamore Village Assisted Living in Swansea.
John was a member of Cahokia Park United Methodist Church and, when active, held leadership positions there. John was also a life member of the East Lodge 504 AF & AM and Emeth Lodge 1030 AF & AM; honorary member of the Gothic Lodge 852 AF & AM; member of the Scottish Rite Bodies; Queen City Chapter 697 O.E.S. and honorary member of Rob Morris Chapter 98 O.E.S. John was a World War II Army Air Corp. veteran.
We will miss John, and will honor his life by continuing to follow his example, trusting God and living according to His will. We will take comfort in knowing that on this day, John is resting in the arms and comfort of his Lord and Savior, and has been rejoined with Theresa.
John was preceded in death by his wife, Theresa R., nee Schuepbach, Elliott; his parents, Vance and Myree Stephens Elliott; brothers, Ben Elliott, Kenneth Elliott, Vancey Elliott and Chancey Elliott; brothers-in-law, Paul Leitsch, Glen Koelmel, John J. Schuepbach, Frank D. Schuepbach, and Ernest A. Schuepbach; and sisters-in-law, Pauline Taylor and Rose Marie St. Louis.
Surviving are his children, Joanne Elliott Shipman of Cahokia, Ill., John V. (Terry) Elliott of St. Peters, Mo., Mary Lou (Bruce) Chandler of Red Bud, Ill., and Gloria (Mark) Kessler of Columbia, Ill.; sister, Charlene Leitsch Koelmel of Carlyle, Ill.; grandchildren, Jennifer Elliott Touchette, Dawn Chandler Smith, April Kessler Grasle, Barbie (Steve) Chandler Wortham, Brian Shipman and Jason Elliott; great-grandchildren, John Mathew (Katie) Kessler, Jared Elliott, Breanna Chandler, Paige Stearns, Cameron Touchette, Megan Smith and Madison Smith; sisters-in-law, Mary Elliott of Henderson, Nev., Joanne (Butch) Jensen of Fitchburg, Wis., and Betty Schuepbach of McFarland, Wis.; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
A special thanks to the staff at Sycamore Village and Dr. Thomas Tse.
Memorials may be made to the Cahokia Park United Methodist Church or Sycamore Village Activity Fund. Condolences may be expressed online at www.kurrusfh.com
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, at Kurrus Funeral Home, 1773 Frank Scott Parkway West, Belleville, Ill. 62223. A Masonic service will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, at Kurrus Funeral Home Chapel, with Marian McCray, O.S.L., officiating. Interment will follow at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, Ill.
KURRUS FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat from Sept. 22 to Sept. 23, 2013