Willard John Mellinger
1940 - 2021
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Willard John Mellinger 1940 - 2021
Pawnee, IL—Willard John Mellinger, 80, of Pawnee, Illinois, died Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. John was born Sept. 7, 1940, in Springfield, the son of Willard Johnson and Frances Caroline Seiz Mellinger. He was preceded in death by his parents.
John was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Springfield and a 1958 graduate of Pawnee High School. John retired from Vanpickeral Distributing as a truck driver in 1988 after 20 years of service. He later operated a lawn mowing service for 25 years. John was active with standard breed horses which he bred and raised.
He is survived by two sons, Stephen J. (wife, Kay) Mellinger of Dawson and Jerald J. Mellinger of Springfield; four grandchildren; one brother, James M. (wife, Nancy) Mellinger, of Arizona; one niece and cousins.
John's family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of a memorial service at 11 a.m. Friday March 5, 2021, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Springfield with Rev. Greg Busboom officiating. A private family burial at Horse Creek Cemetery in Pawnee will follow.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, 2477 W. Washington St., Springfield, IL 62702.
Curry Funeral Home in Pawnee is serving the family of John Mellinger. Online condolences may be expressed at www.curryfh.com.

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Published in The State Journal-Register from Mar. 2 to Mar. 4, 2021.
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March 4, 2021
John was a hard working, fun loving, sweetheart of a guy and we will greatly miss his smiling face. We knew John from horse racing and had so many great times with him--especially in Kentucky at Keenland and here in Springfield. I'm sure he and his buddy Dave are smiling down on us from that big racetrack in the sky....
Kelly & Rusty Reed
March 3, 2021
John was a friend of our family since we were all in grade school. We were in 4-H together and we had many fun times--usually with him teasing me. He was the best friend of my brother, Ron Dickey. What great memories you left us! You're home now John...rest in peace.
Nancy Oliver
March 3, 2021
John and I were best friends throughout our school years in Pawnee. We lost contact in recent years but he was and is like a brother to me. I will miss him terribly but will hold onto all of the wonderful times we spent together.
Ron Dickey
March 3, 2021
My sympathy to all John's loved ones. From the oldest of the Mellinger cousins.
March 2, 2021
Cathy Indermitte Ritzel
March 2, 2021
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