John Raphael Deere, 68, of Sparta, IL; born on June 11, 1952 in Goreville, IL; passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at the Coulterville Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.
John enjoyed going to car shows and watching westerns on the television. He was also an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. You would often find John fishing in his younger days, but in the past few years you would find him at his window watching the birds on his four bird feeders.
He was preceded in death by his parents – Raphael and Sadie (Jenkins) Deere; Two brothers – Udell Deere and Alvin Deere; Two sisters – Lavonna Vinson and Mary Eggemeyer.
John is survived by his loving wife – Virginia (Finley) Deere of Sparta, IL to whom he married on March 20, 1981; three step children – Herbert “Ed” (Michelle) Heinen of Waterloo, IL, Christine Heinen of Sparta, IL and Ralph Heinen of Sparta, IL; Three step grandchildren – Rebecca, Remy and Edward Heinen; One brother – Frank (Juanita) Deere of Mattoon, IL; One sister – Kathy (Carl) Lindsey of Carbondale, IL; Other relatives and friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. Memorial envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.heilschuessler.com.
Funeral: Private services for the family will be held at Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Sparta, IL on Monday, January 18, 2021.
Interment: Committal services will be held at Hill Prairie Cemetery in Sparta, IL.
Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Sparta, IL is in charge of arrangements