John Dean Halcomb, 81, passed away Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, at Champaign County Nursing Home.
He was born June 7, 1932, to Hubert and Valla Parker Halcomb in DeLand.
He married Eunice Heckerson on Sept. 22, 1951, in Danville.
John was a graduate of Armstrong High School, Class of 1950. He started his farming career in 1953 in Armstrong and later moved to the Mahomet area. He retired there in 1989.
Known for his love of attending auctions across east central Illinois, he always seemed to purchase non-running lawn mowers. He would then repair them and add them to his collection. He enjoyed helping anyone solve their mechanical issues, usually with some lengthy conversations.
John loved his 1947 Ford 8N. He will be remembered for his love of driving it in Fisher’s Fourth of July parade.
John is survived by his wife; Eunice, three sons, Dennis Halcomb, Daryl Halcomb and Dwain Halcomb; one daughter, Dana Hannah; grandchildren, Shane Halcomb, Dr. Jamie Hannah, Aimee Daniels, Jessica Hannah, Elizabeth Rosenstein, Jase Hannah, Aaron Halcomb, Brad Halcomb, Nick Halcomb and Hannah Halcomb; seven great-grandchildren, Emily Halcomb, Ryan Daniels, Paige Halcomb, Anastasia Halcomb, Trinity Halcomb, Logan Daniel and Zoe Halcomb; two brothers, Gene and Sherrill Halcomb; and a sister Lois Murrell.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Barbara McKinzie.
Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at Sunset Funeral Homes, Champaign-Urbana Chapel, 710 N. Neil St., Champaign. A celebration of life will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at Sunset Funeral Homes, Champaign-Urbana Chapel, with Dave Ashby and Michael Halcomb officiating. Cremation rights will be accorded following ceremonies.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be to Alzheimer’s Foundation of America for Alzheimer’s Research or to River Valley Christian Church. Please join John’s family in sharing memoires of his life through his Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.