Mr. John Lawrence “Jack” Arneson, 82, of Taylorville, formerly of Peoria, died at 12:14 a.m., Thursday, April 14, 2016, in his home.


He was born in Morris, IL, on July 31, 1933, the son of Lawrence E. and Bernice (Connor) Arneson.  He attended Immaculate Conception Grade School, graduated from Morris High School, and then attended and graduated from Joliet Junior College. He served his country proudly in the United States Army. Jack received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from University of Illinois at Champaign. He later received his master’s degree in engineering from Bradley University in Peoria, IL. He was employed by Caterpillar, Inc, in Peoria, in the engineering department, retiring after 40 years. Jack moved to Taylorville in 2005, and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.


Jack is survived by his sister: Rosemary Brown, of Taylorville; his nephews: William M. Brown (wife, Tara), of Irvine, CA; Robert S. Brown (wife, Julie) of Taylorville; his nieces: Rita Werner, of Taylorville; Mary Anne Oller (husband, Jeff), of Houston, TX; Kathy Driskell (husband, Dave), of Taylorville; 7 great nephews and 4 great nieces, 2 great great nieces, and 1 great great nephew. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law: William J. Brown, and one nephew, Stephen L. Brown.


The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to Jack’s devoted caregivers: Darcy Ream, Crystal Grahler, and Staci Coady.


A funeral mass will be held at 5:00 pm, Monday, April 18, 2016, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, in Taylorville, with visitation beginning at 3:30 pm. Fr. Mariadas Chatla will officiate. Committal service and burial will take place at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 19, in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Morris. Memorials may be made in his honor to: St. Mary’s Catholic Church or the Taylorville Food Pantry. McClure Funeral Home & Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.


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