John James DeLaurier Jr., 76, of Danville, passed away at 1:50 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at North Logan Healthcare.
John was born on March 6, 1936, to John James Sr. and Darlene (Riplinger) DeLaurier in Detroit, Mich. He married Rosella Smith on June 22, 1957, in Fruitport, Mich. She survives.
Other survivors include his son, John J. (Brenda) DeLaurier of Danville; daughter, Deborah K. Smith of Midland, Mich.; four grandchildren, Melissa Ann, Robert Wayne, Tanner James and Christopher Dalton; three great-grandchildren, Celena Rose, Alexis Marie and Cole Michael; and one brother, Robert (Phyllis) DeLaurier.
John was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother.
John spent the early part of his life in Michigan where he acted as head of the Civil Defense and as a Boy Scout troop leader. He later moved to Illinois and attended the Midwest Bible College. An active member of every church he joined, John taught Sunday school for many years. An outdoorsman, John loved to travel almost as much as spending time with his family, both those related and from the church.
A celebration of John’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the South Side Church of the Nazarene in Tilton, with Pastor Kent Pitcher officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Park. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the South Side Church, with a short hour long visitation prior to the service at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, A Life Celebration Home, in Danville is handling arrangements.
Condolences may be left at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.