John J. Illig, 93, of Ellwood City, passed away on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at his daughter’s residence in Conway.
Born in Ebensburg, PA on July 12, 1927, John was the son of the late Phillip and Mary Duman Illig. He married the former Mae Grasser in 1956 and she preceded him in death on November 17, 1983. John retired from Conrail in 1991 where he worked as everything from a brakeman to a conductor. A member of Holy Redeemer Parish, John was a Veteran of WWII, serving in the US Army Air Corps. He was also a member of the Zelinople American Legion, Post 747. John enjoyed traveling, playing his guitar and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
John is survived by his children; John (Linda) Illig, Jr. of Baden, Laura (Vernon, Jr.) Beaver of Ambridge, Ruth (Hubert Lester) Illig of Baden and Carol Illig of Ambridge, 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents and his wife, John was preceded in death by a son, Phillip J. Illig, Sr., two daughters, Susan Illig and Mary Homzak and eight siblings.
Friends will be received on Tuesday, October 13th from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 97 Grim Avenue, Ellport.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, October 14th at 11:00 AM at Holy Redeemer Church, 415 Fourth St., Ellwood City. Interment will follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery.
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