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John Ness

October 12, 1921 — June 5, 2015

John H. Van Ness, 93, passed away at Bickford House in Peoria on Friday, June 5, 2015.

John was born to Myron and Neva (Hawley) Van Ness on October 12, 1921 in Huntley. He married Mildred Lloyd on February 19, 1944. She preceded him in death on January 17, 1995. John then married Jackie Lyman on September 2, 1995.

John is survived by his wife Jackie; three sons, John H. (Marcia) Van Ness of Holland, MI, Jeffrey L. Van Ness of Edelstein, and Joe G. (Jayne) Van Ness of West Peoria; two daughters, Janet K. Van Ness of Edelstein, and Jennifer S. Van Ness of Rockford; two step-daughters, Becky (John) Marvin of South Bend, WA, and Josie (Jack) Johnston of Grapevine, TX; and one step-son, Lorn John (Luanne) Lyman of Tulsa, OK. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 6 step-grandchildren, and 5 step-great-grandchildren

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and one sister.

John was a graduate of Huntley High School in 1939. He went on to attend Bradley University, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering and also played baseball for three and a half years. He joined the Army Air Corp towards the end of his college career.

John began working at Caterpillar in 1955 and retired after 30 years of service in 1985 as the Utilities Manager for the East Peoria Plant. He was an avid golfer, playing 5 days a week and walking the courses until he was 90 years old. He was President of the Peoria Senior Golf League, a Charter Member for the West Peoria Fire Department, a member of the B Club and Peoria VFW, and enjoyed spending his free time golfing, bowling, and playing tennis.

A funeral service for John will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at University United Methodist Church in Peoria. Pastor Paul Arnold will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be held at Swan Lake Memory Gardens.

Memorials in honor of John may be made to University United Methodist Church or West Peoria Fire Department.

John's online memorial website may be viewed at

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