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John R. McMichael, Jr.

December 4, 1931 December 16, 2018
John R. McMichael, Jr.
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Obituary for John R. McMichael, Jr.

PEORIA - John R. McMichael, Jr., 87, of Peoria, died at 7:41 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria.

John was born on Dec. 4, 1931, in Ames, IA, to John R., Sr., and Alta (Evans) McMichael. He married Wilma J. Lentz, then later married Nellie J. Davis on Dec. 24, 1980.

John is survived by his wife, Nellie; his children, Dennis W. (Tina) McMichael of Tremont, Colleen (Rick) Destree of Colorado Springs, CO, and Lynn Madsen of Peoria; his 6 grandchildren; his 12 great-grandchildren; and his 3 great-great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his sisters, Bea McCullach and Jane Olin; and his brother, James McMichael.

John served our country in the U.S. Army from 1950-52. When he returned he began his career at Caterpillar, Inc., starting on 3rd shift in Building LL and retiring as a staff engineer after 40 years. John was integral in developing the internet connection between Caterpillar in Peoria and Geneva, Switzerland between 1982-87.

He was a ham radio operator for many years. Some of his favorite hobbies included bowling, traveling, fishing and woodworking.

A visitation will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, at The Wilton Mortuary in Peoria. Cremation rites will be accorded after the visitation. A private burial of ashes will take place at Galesburg Memorial Park in Galesburg.

Memorial donations may be made to Hult Center for Healthy Living – Oncology Center.

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2:00 PM 12/21/2018 2:00:00 PM - 3:00 PM 12/21/2018 3:00:00 PM
The Wilton Mortuary

2101 N. Knoxville Ave.
Peoria, IL 61603

The Wilton Mortuary
2101 N. Knoxville Ave. Peoria 61603 IL
United States

Cemetery Details


Galesburg Memorial Park Final Resting Place

2368 W. Main St.
Galesburg, IL 61401

2368 W. Main St. Galesburg 61401 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Hult Center for Healthy Living


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