WASHINGTON - John Baird Myers, 73, of Decatur, Ill., formerly of Washington, Ill., passed away peacefully with family on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014.
He was born to Warren and Elizabeth Myers, July 7, 1940, in Colchester, Ill.
He graduated from Joliet Township High School in 1958 and graduated from Bradley University in 1962, where he met his loving wife, Jane Myers. They were married 52 years, living in Washington, Ill., and then relocated to Decatur, Ill.
John worked for Caterpillar Inc. in Service Engineering for 38 years, where he enjoyed mentoring recent college graduates.
He was a lifetime member and past President of the Chillicothe Sportsman Club, and volunteered in youth events. He was an active member of the NRA and Illinois State Rifle Association.
He enjoyed hunting, boating, swimming and especially taking all the kids fishing.
John and Jane spent their summer months on Lake Kabetogama at Voyager National Park in Minnesota. He got great pleasure making new friends and having the family come to the lake.
He is survived by his wife, Jane Myers; his sister, Mary Sue Myers of Peru, Ill.; three daughters, Susan E. Wentz and husband, Brad of St. Augustine, Fla.; Christine J. Peckenpaugh and Ron Fischer of Deland, Fla.; and Cherie L. Pritchard and husband, Troy, of Peoria, Ill.; eight grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson.
The family wishes to give special thanks to DMH Hospice nurses and staff and his home health nurse, Diane Forden.
Per request, his remains will be donated to medical research at Mayo Clinic. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Chillicothe Sportsmens Club, PO Box 13, Chillicothe, IL 61523-0013 or Kabetogama Fire Department/EMS, 9843 Gamma Road, Kabetogama, MN 56669.
Dawson & Wikoff North Chapel Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.
Message of condolence may be sent to the family at www.dawson-wikoff.com.