John Lyle Erdman (1950 - 2016)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – John Lyle Erdman, 65, of Springfield, Ill., died Wednesday, Feb. 24, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Ill.
John was born May 8, 1950, in Independence, the son of Walter T. Erdman Sr. and Joy I. (Frank) Erdman. He graduated from Jefferson High School, Independence, with the class of 1968, and attended college in Clinton before serving in the Peace Corps in Iran for several years. As a teenager John worked for his dad's company, Erdman Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning. He was employed as a janitor/maintenance personnel for St. John's School in Independence and later for Gilman School, Gilman. He then was employed by Chicago Northwestern Railroad, Amtrak, and Southern Pacific in California as a signal maintainer. Later he became a locomotive engineer for Union Pacific Railroad until he retired in 2012.
John married Karen Jourdan in Truckee, Calif., on Aug. 24, 1998. He loved to help people any way he could, had a dry sense of humor which everyone recognized him for, loved to play golf, enjoyed expanding his knowledge of everything, and was an avid news channel watcher.
He is survived by his wife Karen; three step sons: Shawn Jourdan of Roseville, Calif., Kenneth Jourdan of Springfield, Ill., and Charles Jourdan of Murrieta, Calif.; four sisters: Rosemary Brimmer of Independence, Cheryl Cronan of Hills, Nancy Steffen (Merl) of Hudson, Wis., and Connie Gordon of Des Moines; and several nieces and nephews.
John was proceeded in death by both of his parents and his brother (Walter) Tom Erdman Jr.
It was John's request to be cremated and have his ashes returned to his home town of Independence because no matter where he lived he was always proud to tell people that he was from Independence, Iowa.
A Celebration of Life Memorial will be held at the VFW Post 2440, Independence, on Friday, May 6, 2016, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from May 2 to May 11, 2016