John Heath

Aug 22nd, 1940 - Apr 4th, 2017


Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home

Fri, Apr. 7th, 2017 12:00 PM ~ 2:00 PM


Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home

Fri, Apr. 7th, 2017 2:00 PM


Herrin City Cemetery

Fri, Apr. 7th, 2017

John Heath

Herrin- John V. Heath, Jr., 76, of Herrin, passed away at 7:29 PM, Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

John was born on August 22, 1940 in Flora to John V. and Margie (Boltman) Heath, Sr.  He married the love of his life, Diana K. Martin on January 6, 1961 in San Antonio, TX.  Together, they shared 56 wonderful years.  She survives of Herrin.

He was a United States Army veteran who served his country bravely during the Vietnam War.  Once honorably discharged, he returned home and began a career at Old Ben #25 Coal Mine.  He drove the buggy for many years before the mine eventually closed.  He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America.  Next, he worked for General Tire in the Marion Sam’s Club for several years prior to his retirement.

John was a talented actor, singer and pianist.  He worked SummerStock in Chicago while performing in the musical, “Oklahoma”.  He was a classically trained pianist and enjoyed singing and playing Frank Sinatra tunes.  He also enjoyed computers and spending time outdoors; hunting and fishing and attending his children’s many sporting events.

He was a member of Southern Illinois Worship Center in Herrin.  John loved the Lord and knew his Bible inside and out.  He will be dearly missed by his many friends and close family members.

Survivors include-

Wife- Diana “Katie” Heath of Herrin

Daughter- Michelle Heath and Jack Delaporte of Marion

Son- Todd Heath of Carterville

Son- Matt Heath and Ann Staley of Carterville

Daughter- Heather “Tiger” Heath of Herrin

Four grandchildren:

Josh Heath of Herrin

Casey Scott of West Frankfort

Sam Bandy of Herrin

Luke Heath of Iuka, IL

Twelve Great Grandchildren

Sister- Janice Heath-Koberstein and husband Mike of Murphysboro

Sister in law- Karen Dame and husband Tim of Energy

Several nieces and nephews

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 grandchildren- Heath and Dustin Bandy and one sister- Heath Marie Raley.

The funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday, April 7, 2017 at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin.  His brother in law- Bro. Tim Dame will officiate.  Burial will follow at Herrin City Cemetery.  Military rites will be performed at graveside by the Herrin VFW and American Legion Posts with assistance from the Illinois National Guard.  Visitation will be from 12:00 PM until time of service, Friday at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin.

Memorial donations are suggested to Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home/ 201 S. 13th St/ Herrin, IL   62948.  For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit

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16 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Ruth (Williams) Steele

    From: Flora, Illinois

    Date: April 5, 2017

    My condolence for the loss of your loved-one. May all the great memories help to bring peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  • Guest: Jim Yates

    From: Capistrano Beach, California

    Date: April 5, 2017

    So sorry to hear of John’s passing. He and I got back in touch about 10 years ago and have talked and emailed from that point on till now. As Ruth (Williams) Steele so eloquently said, may all the great memories help to bring peace and comfort at this very moment of your sadness. I will say of John what I hope people will say of me when I pass: He always treated me with kindness.

  • Guest: Michael Fantigrossi

    From: rochester, New York

    Date: April 5, 2017

    I had the pleasure of meeting John back in 1962 when we were stationed together in Korat, Thailand. I remember him as a great guy who was deeply devoted to his wife. After many years we did reconnect and were able to become friends. John was always a pleasure to talk with. He was a very strong person and he will be sadly missed. I want to thank him for giving me the chance to know him. God Bless you John.

  • Guest: Maureen B. Wineland

    From: Seattle,, Washington

    Date: April 5, 2017


    Your love story with John will endure. My greatest wish for you is that your cherished memories eventually replace tears with happiness.

    With careful thought,

  • Guest: Dennis Toth

    From: Benton, Illinois

    Date: April 6, 2017

    Sorry about John. He was buggy runner and I was miner operator. We ate lunch together often and he was a good man. Wish we would have stayed in touch after mine closed.

  • Guest: Jim and Sandy Sulsberger

    From: FT Myers Bch., Florida

    Date: April 6, 2017

    Diana and children: We find it very hard to express our feelings.We thought we would be home if and when this time came.The great times we all had together will never be forgotten.You have had more than your share of terrible tragedies. I hope God gives you the strength to feel comforted at this time with your family. We will see you in awhile and reminisce about our wonderful life journeys!! Love you, Jim and Sandy

  • Guest: David LaCroix and family

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: April 6, 2017

    What a wonderful and talented man . I have so many great memories of John . We will all greatly miss him !

  • Guest: Janet Hodge (hedges)

    From: Christopher, Illinois

    Date: April 6, 2017

    Katie, I am so sorry. If I can be of any help, please call me.

  • Guest: Steve Grass

    From: Charlotte, North Carolina

    Date: April 6, 2017

    So sorry for all that John went through the past months. I always enjoyed sharing dad/step-dad stories with him. I wish we could have lived closer and gotten together more often over the years.

  • Guest: Patricia Spytek

    From: 405 Maple St, Illinois

    Date: April 6, 2017

    Sorry for the loss of John. I am praying for all of the family. I know God will be next to u all!!! If there is anything I can do, please let me know!!! Always know the love of the family will help u through this all!! Love u all!!! God bless!!!!

  • Guest: Jennifer Schneider-Lueken

    From: Watson, Illinois

    Date: April 6, 2017

    Dear Diana and family,

    I am sorry to know of cousin, Johnny’s passing. I always enjoyed the Heath Family reunions—I sure wish that we could have had more of them, together with the extended Heath family/relatives.

    May God bring you all comfort.


    Jennifer Schneider-Lueken
    (daughter of Leroy and Barbara Lou (Koenig) Schneider’s (Martha Jane (Heath) Koenig’s daughter)

  • Guest: Guy and Mandy Webster

    From: West Frankfort , Illinois

    Date: April 7, 2017

    So sorry for your loss! I pray peace and comfort to your family! I had the pleasure of meeting John 26 years ago. He was such a handsome, friendly man. He talked to me day one like we knew each other for years. Todd, Matt, Heather, Michelle you all are so blessed to of had such a great father!! Diana my heart goes out to you- losing your love, best friend and soul mate has to be so hard . Heaven gained a wonderful Angel!!

  • Guest: Robert Stewart

    From: , Illinois

    Date: April 7, 2017

    May the promise found at Isaiah 25:8 bring some comfort in the death of John Heath. “He will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces.” Just imagine no more pain and grief due to the death of a love one! By means of the Kingdom that Jesus Christ taught us to pray for at Matthew 6:9,10; God will remove sickness, old age and death from the human family. No human suffering of any kind. God’s original purpose for the earth being a paradise will be realized.

  • Guest: Willie Thompson

    From: Kinmundy, Illinois

    Date: April 7, 2017

    Diana and Family,

    I was saddened to learn of John’s passing. Please

    accept my deepest sympathy.

    Willie Thompson

  • Guest: Iva Dell Clay

    From: West Frankfort, Illinois

    Date: April 7, 2017

    Michelle, Tiger, Diane I am so sorry for your loss. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending love and good wishes of comfort and peace.

  • Guest: David I. Tatman

    From: Sammamish, Washington

    Date: April 8, 2017

    So sorry to hear about John. He fought a gallant battle. There are some enemies you cannot beat.

    John and I were co-captains of the Flora basketball team our senior year. John was always so quiet. I wish I had got to know him better.