John Eastman

Aug 17th, 1936 - Oct 16th, 2017


Aldersgate United Methodist Church

Thu, Oct. 19th, 2017 11am


Aldersgate United Methodist Church

Thu, Oct. 19th, 2017 1pm

John Eastman

Marion-John “Jack” Arthur Eastman, 81, passed away on Monday, October 16, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family and friends.

John was born on August 17, 1936 on the Eastman Fruit Farm in rural Johnson County in Tunnel Hill, IL. He was raised in Johnson County and attended Webb Town School through 8th grade in a one room school house.  John graduated from Goreville High School in 1954.  He worked for the State of Illinois Highway Department and later for the Vienna Correctional Center, where he retired from.

John also raised livestock and fruit earlier in his life. After retirement, John worked for many years for his brother’s business at Eastman’s Orchards.  John was able to work daily with his brothers picking apples and peaches while his mother and sister helped sell the fruit.  They enjoyed many years working together as a family.

John was active in local politics throughout his life. He was an avid reader, enjoyed exercising including working out at the HUB as well as walking and bike riding.  John was very social and had many, many friends.

Survivors include:

Wife-Anne Eastman of Marion

Son-Greg Eastman of Herrin

Son and daughter in law-Steve and Jessica Eastman of Marion

Daughter and son in law-Amanda (Eastman) and Brad Segers of Marion

Grandchildren-AJ and Ava Segers

Brothers-Dick (Betty) Eastman of Marion and Barry (Donna) Eastman of Goreville

Many nieces, nephews and cousins

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Alona Eastman; sister, Joan Ragain and niece, Cindy Ragain.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 1pm at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Marion with Rev. Jim Jackson and Rev. Greg Eastman officiating. Burial will follow at Cana Cemetery in Goreville.  Visitation will be on Thursday from 11am until the time of service at the church.

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12 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Dale and Beverly Bishop

    From: Tunnel Hll, Illinois

    Date: October 18, 2017

    We are so sorry to hear about John. We feel the pain of the family. John was always a friend and we had many good times together. We raised our children together and danced, played cards, shared meals and made ice cream. So many fun times. Our hearts go out to Amanda and the boys. Dale and I are so glad we got to visit with Jack and Ann before we left for Switzerland. We will stop in to see you Ann when we return to the US. Keeping you in our prayers. Dale and Beverly

  • Guest: Don & Brenda McChesney

    From: Marion , Illinois

    Date: October 18, 2017

    So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you.

  • Guest: Barbara Kerstein/Madigan

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: October 18, 2017

    Anne, I’m so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed being Jack’s neighbor for a few years. He was a good person and had a wonderful personality. May God be with you in your time and sorrow.

  • Guest: Rebecca D Burroughs

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: October 18, 2017

    Greg and all, my deepest sympathies to you. Jack was a fine man, one that all men should aspire to…. He and my mother went to school together- I am sure now they are talking over old times and having a good laugh.

  • Guest: Peggy Jean Smoot

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: October 18, 2017

    Ann, sorry for your loss.
    Miss seeing John on the “loafers bench” at the HUB.

  • Guest: Larry W. Mizell

    From: Vienna, Illinois

    Date: October 19, 2017

    I worked with John in the Derartment of Corrections. John was a very dedicated employee who who was committed to doing his job duties timely and in superb fashion. My condolences to his family. Larry w. Mizell

  • Guest: Diana r Anderson

    From: Peru, Illinois

    Date: October 19, 2017

    Ann so sorry for you loss.

  • Guest: Frank Sweetin

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: October 19, 2017

    A man of honor and a man of his word. He will be missed by those who respected and cared for him.

  • Guest: Tom crackel

    From: Goreville il, Illinois

    Date: October 19, 2017

    I am sorry for your loss Barry and Donna. I will miss chatting with jack at target coffee shop and around the orchard.

  • Guest: Stephanie Vaughn Harrison

    From: Cibolo, Texas

    Date: October 20, 2017

    Amanda, Steve & Greg you are all in my thoughts and prayers. You were all blessed to have such a caring and loving father that will be missed by all that knew him. May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. My most sincere condolences,


  • Guest: Paul and Peggy Robinson

    From: Marion , Illinois

    Date: October 21, 2017

    Sorry for your loss. God is alwYs in control. Love

  • Guest: Carla grant

    From: Padauch, Kentucky

    Date: November 2, 2017

    Sorry for your all loss prayers too u all he was a very sweet man