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John A. Crabill

BLOOMINGTON — John A. "JC" Crabill, 65, of Pana, formerly of Bloomington, passed away 5:27 a.m. Thursday (April 20, 2017) at Pana Community Hospital.

His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Normal, with Pastor Stephen Goodwin officiating. Visitation will be 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home, Bloomington.

Memorials may be made to Our Saviour Lutheran Church or Quad County Home Health and Hospice or an organization researching a cure for lung cancer.

JC was born Jan. 17, 1952, in Irwin, Pa., a son of Austin and Lillian Adamson Crabill. He married Melanie Moore on Dec. 18, 1981, in St. Francisville, La. He later married Terri Schleeter Thompson on July 9, 2005, in Normal.

Surviving are his wife, Terri Crabill, Pana; children, David Crabill, Aurora; Jennifer (David Stiffler) Crabill, Long Island City, N.Y.; and Steven (CarriAnne) Crabill, Nashville, Tenn.; stepchildren, Andy (Dana) Gleeson, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Alex (Kristin) Thompson, O’Fallon, Mo.; and Jake Thompson, Austin, Texas; grandchildren, Jonathan and Sophia Thompson; sister, Patricia Baird, North Huntingdon, Pa.; brother, Andrew Crabill, Bloomington; sister in-law, Cathy (Norman) Durflinger, Morton; mother of his children, Melanie (Clark) Walker, Normal; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother in-law, Walter "Butch" Baird.

JC graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he was a member of Kappa Theta chapter of Kappa Sigma fraternity. He received his master’s in safety from Central Missouri State University.

He was employed in safety for Stone & Webster Engineering Corp., Cherry Hill, Mass.; St. Francisville, La.; and Clinton; Illinois Power Co., Clinton; Jacobs Engineering, Chicago; and was environmental health and safety director at Illinois State University until his retirement in 2016.

JC was a man who never knew a stranger and made friends wherever he went. He loved traveling, especially the annual family vacations to Myrtle Beach and Daytona Beach. When not traveling, he found peace at the lake house he shared with Terri. Growing up in the Pittsburgh area, he was a devoted Steelers fan and shared this love of his team with his family.

His greatest joy in life was his big, beautiful, blended family. Being ‘Pap" to Jonny and Sophia brought him unending happiness; they were his best medicine during his cancer journey. His family will forever miss his one-of-a-kind personality and the love he had for each of them.

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