John G. Spitler, 61, Mahomet

John Guy Spitler, 61, of Mahomet and formerly of St. Elmo, died on Monday, March 9, 2009, in his home.

Graveside services with military rites will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at Maplewood Cemetery in St. Elmo. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday at Kessel Funeral Home in St. Elmo. Memorials: Deken Sports Park or St. Elmo Public Library District.

Mr. Spitler was born on March 3, 1948, in St. Elmo, the son of William H. and Genevieve Joan “Jo” Warner Spitler. He married Kathy Lovett on June 7, 1969, in St. Elmo.

He was born and reared in St. Elmo, and was very active in the community. He was a former St. Elmo Jaycees member and Boy Scout leader, member of St. Elmo First United Methodist Church, a two-term alderman and mayor of St. Elmo from 1989-97, a past president and member of the St. Elmo Business Association, past president of the Avena Township Park Board and president of the St. Elmo Public Library Board of Trustees. He served in the Coast Guard during Vietnam, attaining the rank of seaman. He served stateside at Two Rivers Lighthouse in Wisconsin. He graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1976. He was currently employed as a salesman at Ace Hardware in Mahomet and was previously employed for 20 years as an insurance agent and office manager at McKellar, Robertson and McCarty Insurance in St. Elmo. He was also owner of the Building Block Child Care Center in St. Elmo from 1978-81.

He is survived by daughters, Alison Spitler of St. Louis, Mo., and Aleta Triplett of Effingham; granddaughter, Sierra Triplett of Effingham; brother, Bill Spitler and his wife Ann of Varna; sister, Mary and her husband Edgar Fulton of Pigeon Forge, Tenn.; two nieces; three nephews; two great-nieces; and four great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant daughter, Janice, in 1979.

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