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John "Jack" J Myers

September 7, 1927 ~ August 4, 2018 (age 90)

John “Jack” J. Myers, 90, of Danville passed away at 7:42 p.m. on Saturday, August 4, 2018, at the Danville Care Center in Danville.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at Renner-Wikoff Chapel in Urbana. Pastor Tom Myers, Pastor Dennis Skinner and Bishop Marsh Jones will officiate. Burial will take place after the funeral at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Mayview. A visitation will be held from 1:00-2:30 p.m.,prior to the funeral.

Jack was born in Defiance, Ohio to parents John E. and Stella (Lather) Myers. They preceded him in death. Also preceding him in death was his son Tony Gnaden Myers, three brothers and one sister.

On December 28, 1948 he married Betty McCartney in Urbana; she passed away on December 27, 2003. Over the course of two decades, he and Betty were foster parents to 87 children and adopted four children.

Jack married Suzanne Fox-Abbott on June 28, 2009 in Danville, she survives. Jack and Suzanne enjoyed singing in gospel groups, going on trips to visit relatives and painting works of art together. He also taught Suzanne how to play the guitar when she was 70 years old. In the last few years Suzanne was not only Jack’s wife but also his caregiver.

Also surviving are his children; Paula (Dave) Milton of Champaign, Tenise Verile of Battle Creek, MI, Pastor Tom (Marilyn) Myers of Danville, Dale (Diane) Myers of Pana, Keith Myers of Danville and two step sons; Keith (Sheila) Abbott of Urbana and Brian (Donna) Abbott of St. Joseph. Twenty-one grandchildren and twenty-six great-grandchildren also survive him.

He enjoyed his career as an engineer at the U of I Fire Dept. driving the hook and ladder truck, retiring in 1982 after 27 years of service. After retirement Jack drove tour buses and provided transport for numerous individuals, senior citizens and Faith in Action. He enjoyed his work as a professional sign painter in the central Illinois area; he painted signs in the Champaign-Urbana and Danville areas for over 50 years.

Jack was a member of Crusaders Church of Danville, where he was actively involved in service to the church. He especially loved taking care of the sign out front as an encouragement to all who drove by. In addition, he enjoyed a music ministry to several nursing homes and senior groups.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Firefighters Foundation in Jack’s honor.

 

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