John W. Schussele

December 10, 1932June 25, 2013

Peoria, IL -  John W. Schussele, 80, of Peoria, passed away and went peacefully to be with The Lord on June 25th, 2013 after a long battle with illness.

   He was born in Mason City, IL on Dec. 10th, 1932 to Harold and Mildred (Seward) Schussele.  After graduation from East Peoria High School, he served in the US Army rising to the rank of Corporal and served during the Korean War.  After his honorable discharge, he went to work for Caterpillar Tractor Company where he enrolled in and completed The Precision Machinists’ Program. 

   He married Margaret “Marge” Burnett in LaPrairie, IL on Sept. 20th, 1958.  They had three children; Norm, Karri, and Vikki.  John retired from Caterpillar after 30 years of service. He enjoyed fishing, golf, outdoor activities, woodworking, coaching and watching his children and grandchildren play sports. He was a member of Prospect United Methodist Church in Dunlap and was a former member of the Arrowhead Country Club.

   John is survived by his wife, Marge of Peoria; son, Norm Schussele and his wife Debra Daniels of Joliet; daughter, Karri Dabney-Sprout and her husband Bryan Sprout of Mapleton; daughter, Vikki Mackovich of Bettendorf, IA.  He will be deeply missed by his eight grandchildren, Derek and Jennifer Schussele, Melissa and Jake Seckler, Alex and A.J. Dabney, Dylan and Makenzie Mackovich, and grandchildren through marriage, Justin and Tera Sprout and Hannah Sprout.  He was also a great grandfather of five; Eliana and Aubrey Seckler, Logan and Brylee Sprout, and Carson Rademaker.  We will all miss John’s love of family and his outgoing sense of humor.

   Cremation has been accorded.  Family will receive friends from

5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 28th, 2013 at Davison-Fulton Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home in Peoria.  Memorial Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 29th at the Funeral Home with Rev. Mary Kathryn Pearce officiating.  Burial of ashes will be at a later date. 

   Memorials may be made to The Illinois Veteran’s Home in LaSalle, Illinois.  Online condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Friday, June 28, 2013
  • Memorial Service Saturday, June 29, 2013

John W. Schussele

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Gerrilynne Knapp

June 29, 2013

I have many memories of your dad and family. Karri, your father was a great man and when growing up your family was like my second home. I know this is a difficult time for your family. I pray for you and your family's healing. Gerrilynne

June 27, 2013

I was so sorry to learn of John's death. Just know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
With deepest sympathy,
Mary Ellen Van Buskirk
Park Edge 104S

June 26, 2013

Karri, I am so sorry to hear about your dad, I know this will be a very hard time for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers - Shel

Tim & Karen Worner

June 26, 2013

Derek & JenniferSchussele
Melissa & Jake Seckler and girls:
We know you are missing your Grandpa John; we will keep you in prayer and know that you will all hold sweet and fun memories of him all your lives.
With Love & Sympathy,
Tim, Mom & Kristen

June 26, 2013

Norm & Deb,
We are very sorry to hear of your loss. God Bless.

Frank & Lorri Papke family

Helen Mallery

June 26, 2013

Norm and family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. He had a great smile. May you find comfort in your memories.