MORTON - John J. Getz, 89, of Morton died at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at Apostolic Christian Restmor in Morton, where he was a resident for three years, receiving much loving care.
He was born June 11, 1924, in Morton to Joe A. and Elizabeth (Altorfer) Getz. He married Anna May Lanz on March 4, 1951, in Ellington, Conn.
Surviving are his wife, Anna May of Morton; five children, Karen Getz of Windsor, Calif., David Getz of Tempe Ariz., Janet (Steve) Getz Fischer of Morton, Carol Getz of Chandler, Ariz., and Sheri (Dennis) Frank of Bloomington; five grandchildren, Stephanie (Craig) Wargin, Alex (Chelsi) Sinkhorn and Ashley, Amanda and Andrew Frank; and one brother, Henry A. Getz.
After graduating from Morton High School in 1942, John served in the United States Navy on the USS Oyster Bay in the South Pacific Theater during World War II for three years. During this time, he fought in the Battle of Leyte Gulf. At the conclusion of the war, he entered Bradley University, graduating with a mechanical engineering degree in 1949.
His career began at Meyer Company, where he was employed for 12 years, until 1961. Through his extensive travel with Meyer Company, John met his wife, Anna May, who was living and working in New York City. John later started Convention Reference Book Co., which allowed him and his wife to travel extensively throughout the U.S. With his entrepreneurial spirit, John also formed J&A Food Stores, which included the B-Line Food Store in Morton. Co-owner of Morton Buildings Inc., John served as vice president and also on the board of directors until his retirement in 2003.
A love and passion of John's life was the Morton Apostolic Christian Church, where he was a member and served as a trustee and on several volunteer committees.
His greatest enjoyment was spending time with family and friends and being on his farm in Varna.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at the Morton Apostolic Christian Church, with church ministers officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton. Further visitation will be from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Friday at the church. Burial will be in the Morton Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Methodist Hospice, 415 NE Saint Marks Court, Peoria, IL 61603; Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256; or Apostolic Christian Restmor, 1500 Parkside Ave., Morton, IL 61550.
To view John's video tribute or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit www.knappjohnson.com.