John Michael Brillhart

November 17, 1972November 6, 2017
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John Michael Brillhart, 44, of Springfield passed away on Monday, November 6, 2017, in Bloomington, Illinois. He was born on November 17, 1972, in Springfield to Cline and Carol Price Brillhart. John married Sarah Hrenko on June 17, 2000, in Springfield, and she survives.

John is survived by his two daughters, Cora and Sadie Brillhart, and his parents, Cline and Carol Brillhart, all of Springfield; three brothers, Tim Brillhart of Springfield, Jeff (Connie) Brillhart of Savoy, and Mark Brillhart of Springfield; one sister, Kelly (Marty Ryan) Brillhart of Fishers, IN; six nieces and nephews, Zack, Connor, Sarah, and Makena Brillhart, and Jack and Nick Ryan; and his special aunt, Shirley Welker, and special cousin, Julie Welker, both of Knoxville, TN. He was preceded in death by his grandparents and a special cousin, Cindy Welker.

John graduated from the University of Illinois at Springfield in 2002 and was a member services rep with Teachers Retirement System. He was a self-taught musician who took an interest in music while in college. John was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist in Springfield for more than twenty years and was very active in the Springfield music scene, both helping with and playing at the various downtown music festivals. John was currently hosting the Tuesday open mic nights at George Ranks. He enjoyed cheering on the Chicago Cubs, but most of all, he treasured the time he spent with his beloved daughters, Cora and Sadie.

The family will meet friends for a memorial gathering from 3:00pm-7:00pm on Friday, November 10, 2017, at Bisch Funeral Home West, 2931 Koke Mill Road. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Please visit John’s online “Life Remembered Story” at


  • Memorial Gathering Friday, November 10, 2017

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Amy Marx

November 25, 2017

Our most heartfelt Prayers of Love, Comfort and Peace go to Sarah, Sadie, Cora and the entire family.

Sue Kerouac

November 22, 2017

Mrs. Brillhart and Kelly, I don't know if you remember me from your 3rd grade year at Dubois, but I remember you both dearly. I will keep your family in my prayers. I also have lost a brother , Sam, and who knows, their paths may have crossed in the Springfield music world. I imagine them jamming in heaven ! Sue Kerouac ( Giordano)

Phyllis Markley

November 19, 2017

Carol and Cline, sending you my sincere condolences.

Kelley Dinsmore

November 17, 2017

So very sorry to hear about John. He was such a great guy. Sarah, Sadie, and Cora my thoughts are with you.Much love.

November 13, 2017

I'm sorry for your loss, he will surely be missed. Yvonne Trombley, Springfield

Donna Bucci

November 12, 2017

Annette Zeter

November 11, 2017

Sarah, Cora and Sadie,
I am so very sorry for your loss. May you find peace and comfort in the upcoming days. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

Dawn O'Malley

November 10, 2017

Sarah, thinking of you and your family.

Gary & Julie VanDerSlik

November 10, 2017

We are so sorry for your loss.

November 10, 2017

Kelly, Marty and Brillhart Family.
Very sorry to hear about the loss of your loved one. My heart goes out to you.
Sherry Greco