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John Crabill

January 17, 1952 — April 20, 2017

John Crabill

Pana - John A. "JC" Crabill, 65, of Pana, formerly of Bloomington, passed away at 5:27 a.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Pana Community Hospital in Pana, IL.

His memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 24, 2017 at Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Normal with Pastor Stephen Goodwin officiating. Visitation will be from 3:00-7:00 p.m. on Sunday, at Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home in 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 on January 17, 1952 in Irwin, Pennsylvania, a son to Austin and Lillian Adamson Crabill. He married Melanie Moore on December 18, 1981 in St. Francisville, LA. He later married Terri Schleeter Thompson on July 9, 2005 in Normal, IL.

Surviving is his wife, Terri Crabill of Pana, IL; children, David Crabill of Aurora, IL, Jennifer (David Stiffler) Crabill of Long Island City, NY and Steven (CarriAnne) Crabill of Nashville, TN; stepchildren, Andy (Dana) Gleeson of Brooklyn, NY, Alex (Kristin) Thompson of O'Fallon, MO and Jake Thompson of Austin, TX; grandchildren, Jonathan and Sophia Thompson; sister, Patricia Baird of North Huntingdon, PA; brother, Andrew Crabill of Bloomington,. IL; sister in-law, Cathy (Norman) Durflinger of Morton, IL; mother of his children, Melanie (Clark) Walker of Normal, IL 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 the 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 in Cherry Hill, MA, St. Francisville, LA and Clinton, IL; Illinois Power Company in Clinton, IL; Jacobs Engineering in Chicago, IL; and he was the 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.


APR 23. 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM (CDT)

Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home
1104 N. Main St.
Bloomington, IL 61701

Memorial Service

APR 24. 11:00 AM (CDT)

Our Saviour Lutheran Church
1510 North Main Street
Normal, IL 61761

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