John W. Edmund Jr., 83, prominent area pork producer and nationally recognized farmer, of Alpha died Friday, April 12, 2013, on the family farm surrounded by his family and friends. A celebration of life was held Tuesday, April 16 at Harvest Bible Chapel, Woodhull. Burial was in Andover Cemetery. A visitation was held Monday, April 15 at Peterson-Wallin-Knox Funeral Home in Woodhull. Memorials may be left to the AlWood Academic Foundation, Harvest Bible Chapel or Tri-County Ambulance.
He wa born on Dec. 30, 1929, in Galesburg, the son of John Sr. and Inez (Johnson) Edmund. He attended Middle District School in rural Cambridge. He married Susan Peterson on Sept. 25, 1954, in the Coldbrook Christian Church in Cameron. He was a proud U.S. Marine, serving during the Korean Conflict as a drill sergeant. He was a very successful third-generation farmer on the land owned by his family founded in the 1860s. He was the largest pork producer in the State of Illinois in the 1970s, having won many national and state awards throughout his career.
He attended Harvest Bible Chapel and was a former member of the Grace Lutheran Church in Opheim. He was a former member of the AlWood School Board, serving two terms as president. He was a member of the Henry County Pork and Livestock Producers, Henry County Farm Bureau, Miles Sturgeon Legion Post No. 0546, Henry County Health Insurance Board and a founding board member of the Woodhull State Bank. He enjoyed reading, was a world traveler and enjoyed traveling in his motor home with Susie. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren. He was an avid Cubs fan.
Survivors include his wife, Susan; five daughters, Debi (Pete) Edmund-Ellertsen of Springfield, Connie (Steve) Lemon of Bourbonnais, Cindy (Ed) Summers of Alpha, Marian (Phil) Edmund-Paulson of Geneseo and Marilyn (Jeff) DeMay of Geneseo; 12 grandchildren, Christopher, Kara, Nichole, Eric, Dan, Emily, Amanda, Angie, Lexie, Matt, Elizabeth and Payton; seven great grandchildren, Annabel, Addison, Jonah, Lulu, Edwin John, Andrew and Clara; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Jennifer; one grandson; one great grandchild, Jacob; and seven brothers.