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Obituary for John Brandon
John G. Brandon, 97, of Peoria, passed away on March 24, 2014 of natural causes at Lutheran Hillside Village. John was born on September 27, 1916 in Peoria, the youngest son of William and Edith Brandon. He grew up in Muskegon, Michigan attending elementary and high school there. The family moved to Hudson, New York and John then enlisted in the Army Air Force. He served with the 13th Army Air Corps as a navigator/bombardier on the B-24 serving in the South Pacific form 1943-1945. John received numerous citations and medals for heroism in action. He married Elizabeth (Betty) Jane Reeve in 1945. The couple moved to Alliance, Ohio and then Peoria, Illinois in 1947 where John embarked on his career as a Life Insurance Agent. He was successful as an agent for 40 years. John was an active member of First Federated Church, the Shriner’s, served as a member and then President of the Peoria North Rotary Club, and active in Meals on Wheels. John also served for several years as a member of the Peoria Draft Board 109. John was a great gardener, remodeler, barbecuer extraordinaire. He was an all around athlete-he loved playing tennis, golf, basketball and football with his sons. He spent many summers swimming, sailing and perfecting his famous sand ball on Lake Michigan at the family cottage in Pentwater, Michigan. John was preceded in death by his wife Betty in 2012. He is survived by his three sons and their families, Peter (Helen) Brandon of Olympia Fields, Illinois, William (Joan) Brandon of Peoria, Illinois, and John (Laurie) Brandon of Kalispell, Montana. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. A Memorial Service has been held celebrating his life. Memorials may be made in his name to First Federated Church in Peoria, Illinois or the Alzheimer Association, Central Illinois Chapter.