CHENOA – John Edwin Vercler, 93, of Chenoa passed away at 2:57 a.m. Sunday (March 22, 2015) at Heartland Health Care Center, Decatur.
His funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 26, at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Chenoa. Burial will immediately follow in Chenoa Cemetery, Chenoa.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to services on Thursday, also at the funeral home in Chenoa.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family suggests memorials be directed to Morton Home for the Handicapped.
John was born April 15, 1921, in Pike Township, the son of Rudolph and Mildred (Chapman) Vercler. He married Josephine Kinsinger on March 26, 1944, in Chenoa. She preceded him in death on Feb. 19, 2011.
Also preceding him in death were his parents; two brothers, Joseph and Marvin; and one son, Roger Vercler.
Survivors include four children, Robert (Linda) Vercler of Cullom, Tim (Sonia) Vercler of Gridley, Betty (Rod) McArthur of St. Louis, Mo., and Jeff (Monica) Vercler of Fisher; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one brother, Francis "Bud" (Helen) Vercler of Chenoa.
John was a combat veteran of World War II who served as a waist gunner on a B-24 Liberator Bomber. He was a member of the Eighth Air Force and participated in 30 missions over occupied Europe.
Two memorable missions for John were Kassel, Germany, on Sept. 27, 1944, and Remagen Bridge at Remagen, Germany, on Jan. 1, 1945.
He was a lifelong resident of Chenoa where he farmed and fed cattle for 48 years, retiring in 1995 at the age of 74.
He was a township road commissioner, a charter member of the Chenoa VFW Post 8350, a lifetime member of the American Legion, 40 & 8, and the Order of the Eastern Star.