John C. Woerner

September 13, 1941September 22, 2020

Dr. John Conrad Woerner, age 79, of Peoria, passed away Tuesday, Sep. 22, 2020 at his residence. He was born Sep. 13, 1941 in Peoria to Conrad and Emma (Fisher) Woerner. They preceded him in death along with two sisters: Marian Hammer and Connie Triplett. He married Debra Bach on April 7, 1989 in Bloomington, IL. She survives along with four daughters: Michelle (Tom) Blumer of Peoria, Rene (Marc) Utley of Peoria, Julie (John) Knapp of East Peoria, Kara Woerner of East Peoria, three step-children: Jeff (Michelle) Bach of Oak Park, IL, Nathan (Niki) Bach of Peoria, and Elizabeth (Ryan) Cushing of Elmhurst, IL. He is also survived by five grandchildren: Ian, Olivia, and Max Blumer, Jack, and Sam Knapp, seven step-grandchildren, and two sisters: Norma (Fred) Rieker of Peoria, and Betty Miller of Peoria. John was a graduate of Woodruff High School, Bradley University, and the University Of Illinois School Of Medicine. He was a member of the United States Army from 1968-1970, serving in Vietnam for one year. Upon his discharge from the Army he completed his pediatric residency at OSF. He practiced Pediatrics until his retirement in 2006. After retirement he served as a preceptor in the OSF outpatient pediatrics clinic for 12 years. Due to the COVID restrictions, there will be no visitation and private services will be at the Peoria First United Methodist Church where he attended. Burial will follow in the Apostolic Church Cemetery near Edwards. Davison-Fulton Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home in Peoria is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate. You may view John’s obituary online at


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Monica Cole

October 17, 2020

I’m so sorry to see that your dad passed away. He was Walkers doctor and we loved him. Please know you are on my heart and in my prayers.


Pat O'Donnell

September 27, 2020

Debbie, please accept my sincerest sympathy. John was a great pediatrician and a great friend. He will be deeply missed. Even though he was a Cardinal fan, I enjoyed going to games and spending time and sharing a lot of laughs with him. May he rest in Heavenly peace. God bless you.

Connie Bremer

September 27, 2020

Dr. Woerner was the most kind and gentle man/doctor ever. He was the pediatrician for my 3 children who are now grown. They still recall him with fondness. My oldest daughter has children of her own now and just the other day said her pediatrician reminds her of Dr. Woerner. He was the gold standard of pediatricians! May Jesus comfort you and your family.

Mary Kay Pilat

September 26, 2020

Dr. Woerner was our "gentle giant". He cared for our four children from the mid-70's to nearly the mid-90's. He was honest, devoted, personal and 100% sincere. When Dr. Woerner retired, I sent him a thank-you note, and he wrote a note back!! We could not have asked for any better doctor to take care of our kids (and of us parents when needed).
Mary Kay Pilat

Dan O'Brien

September 25, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. Dr Woerner taught me Pediatrics; he demonstrated kindness & empathy; he embodied the ideal of selfless dedication to others, especially the less fortunate. He was quietly inspirational; he was built from the ground up with a deep character and a steady moral compass, seasoned with wisdom and compassion. Like ripples in water, his quiet and selfless acts of healing and kindness will continue to ripple through the years.

Julie Bahr

September 25, 2020

To Aunt Betty and The Family of John Woerner.. What a significant loss you have experienced.. John was truly a wonderful man who gave so much of himself for others. Your family is loved and we share Our heartfelt Sympathy and Prayers! Brian and Julie Bahr

Natalie Herrmann

September 25, 2020

Dear Debbie&family,
We are so sorry to hear of John's passing. He is in a better
place now.
In sympathy,
George, Ramona&Natalie Herrmann

Carol Otten

September 24, 2020

Dr. Woerner’s family, please accept our sincere condolences at your loss. Dr. John saved both our daughter’s lives when they were little. They both were patients of his until they were 17 and he suggested we find a doctor that would make them more comfortable at that age. He was a very caring, compassionate man. Thank you for sharing him with his patients. And ... I know you can hear me, Dr. John, thank you for your service to our country and to her people. Rest In Peace.

Donna Tupper

September 24, 2020

Dr. Woerner was our sons’ pediatrician. They are 48 and 51 now but through the years I have told many a mother how much I appreciated him. I took one son to him with vague symptoms saying “there’s something wrong...he’s not himself.” He couldn’t find anything right away either but he said “I learned a long time ago that a mother knows her we’re going to do some testing, etc.“. and sure enough he had a serious infection but no fever.
I’m sure a lot of mothers had great appreciation for his respect of mothers.

Maria Karipidis

September 24, 2020

Dr. Woerner will be missed greatly not only in Peoria, but to all who were fortunate enough to work with him and be taught by him in residency. He was a gentle giant with all the “kiddos” and I learned so much from him during my residency. May his memory be eternal. My deepest condolences to his family.


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