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CARTHAGE, Ill. -- John Henry Quilhot, 87, of Carthage, formerly of Markham, died at 5:12 p.m. Monday (May 26, 2014) at Memorial Hospital in Carthage.

John was born Dec. 10, 1926, in Royal Center, Ind., the son of Ralph "Homer" and Mary Quilhot.

He graduated from Plainfield High School. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

On June 28, 1947, he married Jean Louise Williams in Chicago. She died in 2011.

John had been a boilermaker and pipefitter with Pipefitters Local No. 597. His work ethic was vitally important to him.

He and Jean lived in Markham from 1957 until 2009, when they moved to Carthage to be near their daughter. John quickly appreciated small-town living and the relationships he developed. He was a loyal fan of the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bears and an avid fan of all types of car racing. He was a mechanic member of the United States Auto Club and traveled all over the country as a member of pit crews. John was once a member of a pit crew in the Indianapolis 500.

John is survived by a son, Barry (Sue) Quilhot of Chicago; a daughter, Maureen (David) Crawford of Carthage; three grandchildren, Gabrielle (Chad Hahn) Rysula of Grants Pass, Ore., Jonathan Shumaker of Wood River and Sarah (Dave Degarmo) Self of Quincy; and two great-grandchildren, Dade Self and Sadie Hahn.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Ralph, and his wife, Jean.

SERVICES: Private family services will be held at a later date.

MEMORIALS: Hancock County Health Department or Food for Thoughts.

ARRANGEMENTS: Printy Funeral Home, Carthage.

Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from May 30 to June 1, 2014
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