John Alderman Dystrup

April 1, 1941May 15, 2018
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John Alderman Dystrup, 77, of Peoria, completed this part of his life and went off to join his Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 8:20 a.m. at Grandview Care Center in Peoria.

John was born April 1, 1941 in Joliet, IL to Gracie Lanora (Fowler) and Alderman Villads Dystrup. Both preceded him in death along with his step-mother Gladys Ann Dystrup. He was a Mayflower descendant of William White. John married Linda Tucker on April 24, 1966 in Peoria. She survives along with two daughters: Amanda (Dennis Webb) Dystrup and Romey (Eric) Mathewson, and six grandchildren: Alexis, Kassidy and Isabella Skaggs, and Makayla, Tyler and Alexis Mathewson. Also, his sister Norma (Dave) Fathauer, step-brother Wayne (Ronnie) Johnson, step-sister Faye Lynn (Tom) Shaffer and several nieces and nephews. John was a Mechanical Engineer and retired from Caterpillar in 1997 after 33 years of service, specializing in Combustion Systems. This explained his love of sports cars and auto racing. He also had a great passion for music, playing the clarinet and banjo in many bands, but John’s interests didn’t stop there. In addition, he enjoyed golfing, running, woodworking, watching football, traveling and most of all, spending time with family and friends. He was an active member of the First Federated Church of Peoria. The family would like to thank Grandview, Comfort Keepers, OSF Hospice and our many friends for the care and compassion shown for John over the past two years. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 22, 2018 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Davison-Fulton Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home in Peoria. Funeral services will be Wed. May 23, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the First Federated Church in Peoria. Additional visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to the services on Wednesday at the church. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria. Memorial donations for John can be made to The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD) at 290 King of Prussia Rd, Radnor, PA 19087 or online at You may view John’s obituary online at


  • Alderman Villads Dystrup, Father
  • Gracie Lanora (Fowler) Dystrup, Mother
  • Gladys Ann Dystrup, Step-Mother
  • Linda (Tucker) Dystrup, Wife
  • Amanda (Dennis Webb) Dystrup, Daughter
  • Romey (Eric) Mathewson, Daughter
  • Alexis, Kassidy and Isabella Skaggs and Makayla,Tyler and Alexis Mathewson, Grandchildren
  • Norma (Dave) Fathauer, Sister
  • Wayne (Ronnie) Johnson, Step-Brother
  • Faye Lynn (Tom) Shaffer, Step-Sister
  • ~ several ~, Nieces and Nephews
  • John is preceded in death by his parents and step-mother.


  • Visitation Tuesday, May 22, 2018
  • Visitation Wednesday, May 23, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, May 23, 2018

John Alderman Dystrup

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Doris Ruttle

May 22, 2018

My deepest sympathies to Linda, Mandy, Romey and families. I am miles away but thinking of you this past week. I will always remember John for his love of music, fast cars, his smile, and his love for his family. May your sweet memories wrap you in comfort. Hugs & kisses.

Silke Rössel

May 20, 2018

Dear mom, Romey, Mandy & family!

Since I am unfortunately miles away from you right now, I would like you to know in this moment, that John "as my American dad" played a great role in my life. I have spend an unforgettable year as your AFS exchange student in 1985/86 with him and your family.

I would like you to know that I loved his humour, his never ending support for me as his 3rd German daughter, his positive attitude towards life, his openness towards other cultures, his fascination for cars and his passion for sports. But overall he was so proud of his family - thus am I. I am proud that I could spend nearly one whole year with such a loving family as you are. And I am thankful, that I could see John once more for your golden wedding. I will treasure these moments forever. Our little son Nick is now able to play the Banjo, dad has given him as a present during my last visit. He is very proud of his banjo.

Lots of hugs and kisses. I will be thinking of you and wish you a lot of strength for the upcoming days.

Your German daughter Silke

Steve Cantrell

May 17, 2018

Dear Linda, Mandy, Romey, so sorry to hear the sad news. It seems like just the other day John was setting out cups of water for those training for the Steamboat race, one mile from the Riverplex; or playing in a band during the annual Race for Cure. John readily assisted me in reviewing specifications before I bought my race car, and then gave me some tips in following a faster line at the Detweiller Hillclimb. And the time he asked me to meet him at a lumberyard to haul bags of concrete mix in the back of my pickup, almost overloaded my El Camino! He always enjoyed life, whatever he was doing.
Blessings to all of you.

John McCornack

May 16, 2018

Dear John,

Time does move fast. John created so many memories while for working with him at Caterpillar. Like when John went into a shear panic mode when he misplaced his passport in Vienna, Austria.

John McCornack

Gareth & Claire Estebanez

May 16, 2018

Dear Linda, Mandy, Romey and all of our beautiful Peoria friends who loved John like their own family.

Woke up this morning to hear such sad news. John was a big part of our ten years in Peoria. Lots of memories, lots of laughter and parties! Always full of fun, always there to help, endless energy and enthusiasm. He touched many lives and was important to so many people. What a legacy to be missed by so many.
Much love to everyone. We are thinking of you and remembering here in Austria.
Gareth, Claire, Benjamin and Maxi

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