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John E. Oatman Jr.

Fairview – John E. Oatman Jr., 68, of Fairview, passed away at 10:56 PM on Monday, January 7, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center. He was born on July 12, 1950 in Canton to John E. and Betty M. (Weaver) Oatman Sr. He first married Marsha Jones who survives and later married Bonnie Nall who also survives.

Also surviving four children, Matt (Tammy) Oatman of Canton, Eric Oatman of Lake Michigan, Jeremy (Brandy) Jett of Pekin, and Jessica (Matt Fluder) Jett of Canton; eight grandchildren, Kameron, Gracie, Katie, Brooklyn, Julianna, Adalynn, Brycen, and Brynlee; two brothers, George A. Oatman of Fairview, and Don Oatman of Canton; one sister, Bert Oatman of Canton and several nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Melvin J. and Glen “Biggem” Oatman, and one sister, Denise M. Mallicoat.

John retired as an operating engineer for 40 years with Local Union 649, worked for Ed Williams Construction, and was president of Oatman Construction Company.

Memorial visitation will be held from 4-8 PM on Friday, January 11, 2019 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL. Gifts in memory of John Oatman Jr. can be made to the Mayo Clinic in support of the Department of Development, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905 or the Canton Wrestling Team. A celebration of life will be held on Friday, January 18, 2019 that evening at the Canton VFW. To make online condolences you may go to


  • John Hardy

    Reply January 9, 2019 5:19 pm

    Very sorry to hear of John’s passing. A real nice guy who will be missed by many. RIP John.

  • Kayma Duncan

    Reply January 9, 2019 6:08 pm

    So sorry Bonnie. Will be praying for you and your family.

  • Jan Hannam

    Reply January 9, 2019 6:44 pm

    So sorry to hear of John’s passing.

  • Mijo. Rhonda and Ethan

    Reply January 9, 2019 7:07 pm

    So sorry to you all. We thought alot of Johnny. He was a good man.

  • Ray and Judy Brown

    Reply January 9, 2019 7:10 pm

    Bonnie and family, we are so sorry to hear of Johnny passing away. He will be missed by so many including Ray and I. We are inFlorida or we would be there for his celebration of life. Hugs and prayers .

  • Ray and JudyBrown

    Reply January 9, 2019 7:15 pm

    Bonnie, Ray and Iare so sorry to hear of Johnny passing away. He will be missed by so many, including Ray and I. We are in Florida or we would be at his celebration of life. Hugs and prayers to you and your family.

  • Steven Graham

    Reply January 9, 2019 8:16 pm

    So sorry Bonnie and family. I always enjoyed visiting with John when I came home to Canton. He will be missed by so many. May God, family and friends comfort you during this tough time.

  • Ed Schoonover

    Reply January 9, 2019 9:21 pm

    John was quite the guy. Friend to all. He will be missed. So sorry.

  • john hagen

    Reply January 10, 2019 3:56 am

    A very nice man. Prayers for all the family in this time of sorrow.

  • Diana Kohrt

    Reply January 11, 2019 1:02 pm

    Bonnie, George, Donnie, Bert and extended family. I can’t be there in person but please know that my heart is with you at this very sad time. Keep the good memories close to help you through this. No more meds and suffering for John so have to be thankful for that. Keeping you all, cousins and extended cousins, in my prayers.

  • Mike Walsh

    Reply January 11, 2019 11:01 pm

    I have known John and his family since we were kids. He was a great guy.i am sure he will be missed by his family and friends and all who knew him

  • Sharon Bosserman

    Reply February 2, 2019 5:18 pm

    Bert and other family members;
    My sympathies to you! May you find comfort in your good memories of John.
    Sharon (Nebergall) Bosserman

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