John Carl Yagow (82) of Altamont


Published on March 20 2013 11:12 am

John Carl Yagow, 82, of Altamont died at 12:50pm Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

Funeral services will be Saturday at 11am at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, rural Altamont with military burial rites at Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery by the US Marine Corps and Altamont VFW Post #7676.  Visitation will be from 5-8pm Friday at Kull Funeral Chapel in Altamont.  A second visitation will be held at Noon until the time of the funeral service Saturday at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church.  Military Burial Rites will be conducted at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Cemetery, Rural Altamont, Illinois immediately following the funeral service assisted by the US Marine Corp and VFW Post #7676.

John Carl Yagow was born July 9, 1930 in Effingham County, on the Centennial Farm in the Bethlehem Community near Altamont, Illinois one of six siblings into the Christian family of Charles and Martha (Meyer) Yagow. Johnny grew up on the family farm with his brothers Walter and Erhard and sisters Hildegarde, Evelyn and Edith. He was a life member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, where he was baptized, confirmed his faith, married and now buried. On October 23, 1955 John married Lillian R. Heiden in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church and she preceded him in death on February 15, 2013. Together, John and Lillian were blessed with five children Judy, Susan, Nancy, Steven and Jane. He was a very loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. John was a farmer and shared with his wife the responsibilities of the farm and raising a family in a Christian manor.  He served numerous positions in the Church, enjoyed bowling, was member of the Mill Road Thrashermen’s Association and the VFW Post #7676 in Altamont serving as funeral detail firing squad for numerous years. Johnny was very proud of his woodworking and loved to collect crystal and cut glass. A very significant part of his life was his duty to his country by serving and receiving an Honorable discharge from the United States Marines in 1953. John served during the Korean Conflict however one can still hear his echo “Once a Marine, Always a Marine!”

Memorials may be directed to The Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

He is survived by His: Son: Steven (wife, Shela) Yagow of Altamont, Illinois and son Scott(wife Becky) and daughters Taylor and Lauren...4-Daughters: Judy (husband, Jeff) Lee of Villa Park, Illinois and daughter Jenni and great granddaughter Emma, Susan O’Donnell of North Lake, Illinois and son Jason, Nancy (husband, Joe) Fillion of Plymouth, Wisconsin and sons Bryan and Justin, and Jane (husband, Tim) Laatsch of Altamont, Illinois and son August and daughter Lily ...3- Sisters: Hildegarde (husband, Vernon) Heichelbech of O’Fallon, Illinois, Evelyn (husband, James) Shumaker of Altamont, Illinois, and Edith (husband, Richard) Miller of Altamont, Illinois...1-Sister-in-law, Miss Betty L. Heiden of Mason, Illinois.

He was preceded in death by his: Parents: Charles and Martha (Meyer ) Yagow...Wife: Lillian R. Yagow...Son-in-law: Paul O‘Donnell...Granddaughter, Jacki Lee...Brothers: Walter (wife Theresa)Yagow and Erhard “Tex” and his wife Rebecca Yagow.