66 of Wataga, died at home on Sunday, June 3rd after a year long battle with a brain tumor.
He was born on June 19, 1945 in Taunton, MA, the son of Marion W. & Marguerite Presley. He married Linda (Engle) Swanson on June 14, 2003 at the Lake of the Ozarks Chapel.
He is survived by his wife Linda; a daughter, Toni Litton of Kewanee; a son, Griffin Presley of Wataga; three grandchildren, Tyler, Tanner & Brittney Litton of Kewanee; two step-daughters, Jami Maher & Staci (Troy) Simpson, all of Wataga; six step-grandchildren, Jaci, Jordan & Joshtin Maher, Hunter Hepner, Chesni and Charley Simpson all of Wataga; two step-sons, Jeff (Kari) Johnson of Galesburg & Doug (Heather) Johnson of Bolingbrook; five step-grandchildren, Shandy (Justin) Johnson, Matthew, Jordan and Kaden Johnson, Blake & Brandon Johnson & 2 step great-grandchildren; three brothers, David (Darlene) Presley of Batesville, AR, Ron (Linda) Royal of Savannah, MO. and Robert (Marie) Royal of Brooksville, FL and two sisters, Linda (Kenny) Collins of Jasper, AR, Bev (Joe) Adams of Saco, ME.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Jimmy Presley.
John worked for the City of Galesburg for 25 years, retiring in Dec. 2009. He graduated from Warren High School in 1963. He was the current Exalted Ruler of the Galesburg Elks Lodge #894. John spent many years playing softball for various leagues and participating in weightlifting competitions such as the Masters Weightlifting competition in St. Louis, earning 2nd place. John loved drag racing, watching his “John Wayne” westerns on TV, riding his Harley, traveling and spending time with his family & friends. John was a very outgoing person who impacted a lot of lives throughout his life. Known as “Big Daddy” to many family & friends, he maintained a strong, positive attitude through this battle. He will be so missed by everyone.
Visitation will be Thursday, June 7, 2012 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Home in Galesburg. Cremation will follow.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Elks Club #894, 1640 N. Henderson St. in Galesburg on Friday, June 8th from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family for his grandchildren’s education fund, to establish a Hospice House & for a memorial at the Elks.