John W. Link

John Walter Link, 70, of Morton, passed away on September 2, 2019 at his residence with his family by his side.

He was born on January 13, 1949 to Gerald Lee and Mary (Graber) Link in Peoria. John married Marsha (Glore) Link on August 21, 1971 in Pekin. He was a devoted husband and best friend to her for 48 years.

Surviving are his wife, Marsha, of Morton; one son, Brian (Jeff Goodwin) Link of Nashville, Tenn.; two daughters: Kelley (Brian) Pinter of Morton and Amy (Matt) Ulrich of Tucson, Ariz.; six grandchildren: Gabby, Lauren, Brody Pinter and Sydney, Brooklyn, Preston Ulrich; two brothers: Jim (Nadine) Link and Gary (Claudia) Link, both of Pekin.

John was preceded in death by both of his parents.

He graduated from Pekin High School, Bradley and Western University. He worked in the Illinois education system for 40 years as a teacher, principal and superintendent. His career was dedicated to his school, community, staff and especially his school children.  John served in many education organizations such as Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA), Illinois Association of School Administration (IASA) and the Illinois Athletic Association.

John was passionate about sports. He participated in high school and college athletics and coached for more than 20 years. John enjoyed watching his grandchildren’s games and dance recitals. For over 50 years, he was dedicated to fitness and health, and was a regular at Gold’s Gym. John enjoyed playing alongside his friends on the golf course as well as cheering on the Cubs, Bears, and followed the PGA tour. He also volunteered at the Illinois Cancer Center and St. Vincent de Paul Society.

John’s greatest love was his family. He was a devoted husband, father and papa. A special thank you to Jacqui Martin from Compassus Hospice who comforted and cared for John and his family.

John was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Morton, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 6, 2019 with Mgr. Jerry Ward and Deacon Kevin Zeeb officiating. A visitation will be held from 5 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 5, 2019 at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton. Cremation rites will be accorded following the service, with a burial of cremated remains at 10 a.m., Saturday, September 7, 2019 at Hirstein Cemetery in Morton. Memorials may be made to Illinois Cancer Care.

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