BENTON – John Corn, 85, of Benton, Ill., died at 2:08 p.m. Sunday, July 7, 2013, at DeKalb County Rehab & Nursing Center in DeKalb.|
John was born Aug. 16, 1927, in Macedonia, Ill., the youngest son of Walter and Bessie Corn.
John graduated from Benton High School in 1945 and joined the U.S. Army. After the war, he attended Southern Illinois University where he was the co-captain of the 1947 undefeated football team.
John married his wife, Mariam (McKemie) Corn in 1949, and they were together for more than 60 years.
John pursued a wide array of careers including teaching in Benton, serving as a FBI agent for eight years, working as a barber at Goode's Barbershop later to become the Razor's Edge, and in 1962 opening a Tastee Freeze restaurant on McLean Boulevard, in Elgin with his brother, Ben. His last job was teaching math for more than 20 years at Elgin High School. After retirement, John and Mariam moved back to Benton, where they lived until Mariam's passing in 2010.
Surviving relatives include two sons, Scott Corn and wife, Betty, of Sycamore, and Vance Corn and wife, Cindy, of Austin, Texas; four grandchildren, Jeff Corn and wife, Abby, of Poplar Grove, Kyle Corn of Sycamore; and Stacy and Michelle Corn, both of Austin; twin brother, Ben Corn of Elgin; and many nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mariam; one son, John Jeffrey "Jeff" Corn; and three siblings, Fern Higdon, Sophia Whetstone and Shirley Rose Corn.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 13, at Hobbs-Johnson Funeral Home in Benton. Visition will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.
Donations can be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in care of Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178.
Published in Daily Chronicle on July 9, 2013