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John W. De Grote, 95, of Pecatonica, IL passed away at 11:00 p.m., Monday, February 6, 2017 in Presence St. Joseph Care Center.
Born July 7, 1921 in rural Ridott, IL, the son of Henry and Florence (Barrand) De Grote. John lived most of his life in the Winnebago County area, settling in Pecatonica. He was a WWII veteran, serving in the U. S Army in Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes Rhineland and Central Europe as a radio operator 766. After the Army John returned to Rockford to work at National Lock. He married the former Adeline Hunter on January 4, 1947. They were married for 67 years until her passing in 2014. The two had a wonderful life together. They moved to Pecatonica in 1952 where he started De Grote Radio and Television, retiring in 1986. John and Adeline then built their dream home in the mountains near Crossville, TN. John was an avid and skillful musician, playing guitar and bass. He started playing at an early age. John primarily played Blue Grass and Country. He played throughout northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, as well as in Tennessee with Adeline at his side all the while. He took his guitar to war with him to entertain the troops during WWII. That guitar is now on display in Martin Guitar Museum in Bethlehem, PA. John was a member of First Lutheran Church in Pecatonica. He was also a life member of the Rotary Club, designated to Paul Harris Fellowship, and a member of the Eugene J Barloga American Legion Post #197 in Pecatonica.
John is survived by his sister Lois Knoup; many nieces and nephews and life-long friend and business partner Thomas Moth. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and sisters Florence Ardell Steirman and Jeanne De Grote.
Funeral ceremonies will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday February 13, 2017 at First Lutheran Church, 627 Taylor St., Pecatonica, IL with Reverend Nord Swantrom officiating. There will a visitation at the church from 10:00 a.m. until time of ceremonies Monday. Burial will be in Twelve Mile Grove Cemetery, Pecatonica, IL.
A memorial will be established by family.

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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
First Lutheran Church

627 Taylor Street
Pecatonica, IL 61063

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11:00 AM
First Lutheran Church

627 Taylor Street
Pecatonica, IL 61063

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Twelve Mile Grove Cemetery

Pecatonica Rd
Pecatonica, IL 61063


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