John M. Page, 90, of Geneseo died on Friday, October 14, 2016, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria. Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, at Grace United Methodist Church, Geneseo. Rev. Melva England and Rev. Mark Graham will officiate. Burial will be in Owens Cemetery at Bullfrog Valley, AR, at a later date. Friends are invited to visit with the family after the services in the church fellowship hall. Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Geneseo, is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hammond-Henry Hospital Foundation, Geneseo; Grace United Methodist Church, Geneseo; Dover First United Methodist Church, Dover, AR; or Geneseo Historical Society, Geneseo.
John was born Jan. 2, 1926, in Bullfrog Valley, the son of John William and Eunice (Ladd) Page. He graduated from Dover (Arkansas) High School in 1943. John served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater. John graduated from Iowa State University, Ames, and has an MBA from Roosevelt University, Chicago. On Oct 1, 1949 he married Virginia Burnett in Galesburg, IL. She died on June 17, 2011.
John had worked as a cheese factory superintendent in Batesville, AR, and then 38 years for Morton Salt Company, Chicago, in sales and marketing. John retired to become the Historian for the Mt. Prospect (Illinois) Historical Society. He moved with his wife to Geneseo in 1997.
Memberships include Grace United Methodist Church, Geneseo; Geneseo Kiwanis Club; and Hayden’s Hikers. John had been a volunteer for the Geneseo Historical Society, and a former member of Institute of Food Technologists, American Marketing Association, and North American Paul Tillich Society (of theologians). John spent a lifetime of learning through his commitment to Christ.
Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn (Jerry) Webb, Cordova, IL; two sons, John Michael (Julie) Page, Cary, NC, and Daniel (Dawn) Page, Montara, CA; grandchildren, Dick (Kuan-jung) Page, Jim Page, Mike (Deborah) Webb, Matthew Webb, and Jackie (Troy) Tisthammer; and great grandchildren, Hannah, Logan, and Jackson Webb; Levi and Caleb Tisthammer; and Jill and John Miles Page. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, sister Anita Page, brothers Wayne and W.D. Page, and granddaughter Anna Webb.
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Hammond-Henry Hospital Foundation
600 N. College Ave., Geneseo, IL 61254,
Tel: 309 944-6431
Grace United Methodist Church
318 N. Center St., Geneseo IL 61254
Geneseo Historical Museum
205 S. State St., Geneseo IL 61254
Dover United Methodist Church
81 W. Water St., Dover AR 72837