John Stanley Blaine, 76, Woodstock, died peacefully at his home Thursday, March 8, 2018.
He was born Dec. 20, 1941, to Lucille and Curtis Blaine in Oak Park. He graduated from Woodstock High School in 1959. He attended both Lincoln College and Culver Stockton College.
In 1963, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and specialized as a radarman. During his service, he traveled the world and, most notably, was part of a mission to restore peace and stability during the 1965 civil war of the Dominican Republic. He was honorably discharged in 1967 as petty officer third class.
After returning home, he began working for UPS and remained a dedicated employee for 29 years. He was a devout father, set on instilling core values of responsibility and hard work. He will be remembered as the backbone of his family, one who encouraged everyone to be better than they could ever imagine for themselves.
An accomplished outdoorsman, he was skilled at hunting pheasants and fishing. He participated in numerous fishing competitions and Canadian outpost adventures with his father and son. He was an avid reader of world history and passionate about movies and muscle cars. He was a member of the U.S.S. Perry reunion organization and VFW. Upon retirement, he enjoyed nothing more than long sunny afternoons, sitting outside with his best friend, George.
Survivors include a son, Brad; and grandchildren, Brittany, Alex and Lycan.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Michelle; and a sister, Linda.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 14, at Schneider, Leucht, Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, 1211 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock, followed by the funeral at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in the McHenry County Memorial Park Cemetery, Woodstock.
Memorials can be made to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, nmcrs.org.