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  • Brother John Waddell
    Posted On: Jul 12, 2021

    Brothers and Sisters,

    I am sorry to inform you that Brother John Waddell, member of Burlington System Division Lodge 1533, passed away on July 4th, 2021.


    John Dana Waddell, age 72, of Oquawka, Illinois passed away peacefully on the 4th of July.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Edna. He is survived by his children, Kristen and Caitlin, his grandchildren, and his siblings. Born in Asheboro, North Carolina, John ("JJ") loved life and didn't shy away from adventure. He served his country as an aviation equipment specialist during the Vietnam War. He spent his career with the Burlington Northern Railroad, often travelling to remote parts of the country to maintain tracks. If he could be anywhere, it would be on the water, fishing. He will be fondly remembered and sorely missed.

    No services will take place as John requested but online condolences may be expressed at www.watsonthomas.com. You may make a donation to Vietnam Veteran's of America or to Duck's Unlimited in John's honor as an alternative to flowers. Arrangements have been entrusted to Watson Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory, Galesburg.

    There will be an informal get-together at DCs Tavern in Oquawka at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, July 13th.

    Please keep Brother John’s family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.



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