DeKALB – John Donald Froom, 60, of DeKalb, Ill., passed away Friday, May 3, 2013, in Bloomingdale, after an extended illness.
He was born on Aug. 15, 1952, in DeKalb to William P. and Catherine Froom; they both preceded him in death.
John was a 1970 graduate of DeKalb High School. He went on to attend Northern Illinois University, where he received a bachelor's and master's degrees in both Art and Art Education in 1985. He taught high school art in Dwight and in Lincolnshire, for a total of about 12 years in the 1970s and '80s.
John was an artist, self-taught musician and eternal optimist. He was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church, DeKalb, where he participated as a musician for the SHINE service.
During his time in DeKalb, John participated in Reality House activities where he enjoyed his role as "music therapy" group leader. He also was a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and served on their advisory board.
John is survived by two sons, Jeffrey (Masayo) Froom and Robert (Sarah) Froom; brothers, Bill (Chris) Froom and Rick (Maddy) Froom; sister, Carol (Mike) Weimer; nieces and nephews, Karan Froom, Amanda Froom, Chandra (Aaron) Reivitis, Brandon (Karissa) Froom, Tommy Froom, Steven Weimer and Katie Weimer; uncle, Thomas Froom; cousins, Tom (Marge) Froom, Jan (Jim) Davis, Mandy (Philip) Little, Jim (Kathryn) Froom, Vicki Froom Odenbach, Linda (Bob) Ford, Bill Torley and Kathi (Mike) Kuttkuhn; and close friends, James Gully and Dave Dusenberry.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, at Anderson Funeral Home, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 8, at First United Methodist Church, 321 Oak St., DeKalb, with the Rev. Jon Hutchison officiating. Burial will be at Fairview Park Cemetery, DeKalb.
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