OREGON – John I. "Jack" Mershon, Sr., 82, longtime Oregon resident, died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018 in Swedish-American Hospital, Rockford. Born Nov. 6, 1935 in Franklin Grove, the son of Harold and Ruth (Chaon) Mershon.
He was a 1953 graduate of Steward High School and a U.S. Army veteran. Married to Barbara Bates April 5, 1958 in Oregon. Jack was employed in finance and banking, based in Oregon, until retiring in 2001. He was an active member of Oregon United Methodist Church, serving on many committees, Oregon VFW Post 8739, Oregon Lions Club and served on the Oregon School Board 9 years and Rock River Center Board of Directors for many years. Jack enjoyed golfing, yard work, family vacations and reading and was a Green Bay Packer fan.
Survived by his wife, Barbara of Oregon; son, John (Michelle) Mershon, Jr. of Forreston; daughters, Deborah (Michael) Gaziano of Tucson, Ariz., and Dana (Robert) Ryder of Loves Park; grandchildren: John Mershon III, Melissa (Tim) Barnes, Danielle (John) Parli, Michael Mershon, Deanna (James) Robbins, Darcey (Kathryn) Ingram, Madalynn Mershon, Isabella Gaziano and Meredith Ryder; 6 great grandchildren; brother, James (Donna) Mershon of Byron; sister, Marilyn Alderks of Rochelle; and special family, Roger and Elizabeth Mershon.
Predeceased by his parents and brothers: Melvin, Walt, Robert and Charles.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 29 in Oregon United Methodist Church with Nancy Crandall as lay officiant. Visitation will be Sunday 2-5 p.m. in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon and Monday from 10 a.m. to service time in the church. Memorials in Jack's name may be made to Oregon United Methodist Church.