Joseph "JD" Darrell WILBUR
April 26, 1954 – November 22, 2018
On Thursday, November 22, 2018, Joseph “JD” Wilbur, loving father, grandfather, son, brother, and uncle, passed away at the age of 64. JD was born on April 26, 1954, in Brookfield, IL., to Kenneth and Janet Wilbur. JD was preceded in death by his mother Janet, brother Drew, and sister Kennette. JD is survived by his father Kenneth of Nokomis, IL., sister Janice Locke of Nokomis, IL., three children, Christopher (Kathy) of Sycamore, IL., Jennifer (Jeremy) Overton of Cortland, IL., Michael (Megan) of Monroe Center, IL., grandchildren Brian Barcomb, Tristan, Madisyn, Alexis Banker, Myranda, Alyssa Overton, Nollie, Mera, Luis Valentin, Mason Valentin, and Milah Hopson; dear ex-wife Nora and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. JD retired from the Village of Lisle, Public Works department, in 2008 after 35 years of service. He had been employed with the Village since 1973, holding multiple different positions such as Utility Person, Maintenance Person, Sr. Maintenance Person, Engineering Technician, and Foreman. JD was a fan of the Chicago White Sox and Miami Dolphins, loved traveling, and above all his passion was for racing. He started with CART FedEx Championship Series (later Champ Car) as an observer in the mid 1980's. He became the asst. starter about '98-'99, the official starter in roughly '03, until the end of Champ Car in 2008, and was the Toyota Atlantic starter during this period as well. He was longtime flagman for Must See Racing Sprint Car Series, serving as the chief starter for the winged asphalt 410 sprint car tour since its inception and was excited for the upcoming 2019 season. JD will also be remembered for his keen sense of humor, nicknaming all of his friends and family, and his passion for storytelling. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at the Sycamore Veterans Club (121 S. California Street Sycamore, IL. 60178) on Saturday December 8th 2018 from 3-5pm.
Joseph "JD" Darrell WILBUR
December 4, 2018
You will be missed. A guy that you could always count on as a friend. Loved to laugh. Loved to prank and be the victim of the same, and laugh about it. Rarely at a race track did I see him not smiling. He was kind, polite, professional, and caring. Not a weekend went by he did not ask about my family, kids and mother. Gone too soon is an understatement. "Checkered Flag this time by" ........
God's speed JD.....
Former "Voice" of Race Control - Champ Car Series
Jim & Nancy Hanks
December 3, 2018
The MSR racing family is deeply saddened by the unexpected loss of our friend, JD.
He was always prepared, consistent and professional as the Must See Racing chief starter earning the trust and respect of all his fellow MSR officials, drivers and race teams.
JD was not only respected by everyone, he was immensely popular and loved by all of us who were blessed by his friendship.
He will be missed on and off the race track but will remain in our hearts forever.
Jim and Nancy Hanks
Must See Racing