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John R. Sundvall

Published: Friday, Nov. 23, 2012 4:14 p.m. CDT

John Roy Sundvall, 93, Mt. Morris, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, at Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris.   John was born April 6, 1919, in Seligman, Mo., the son of Gust A. and Anna W. (Wallin) Sundvall.

The family moved shortly thereafter to Jackson County, Kansas.

John attended schools in Whiting, Holton, and Denison.  He graduated from Denison High School the class of 1937.

John's family then moved to Lee County in 1938 and then to Ogle County in 1941.

He entered military service in November 1941 and served in South Carolina, Italy, France, and Germany.

He served as a forward observation radio operator with the 45th Thunderbird Division of the 7th Army in eastern France and Germany, participating in the liberation of Dachau.

He returned to Mt. Morris to the family farm.

John married Emma K. Haas on June 4, 1955 in Warren, and they lived in Mt. Morris.

John worked at various assignments at Kable Printing Company for 36  years retiring in 1984.

He was past president of the bookbinders union, past master of Samuel H. Davis Lodge 96.

A life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a member of the American Legion, past president of the Mt. Morris Kiwanis Club with over 50 years of perfect attendance.

John was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, with service on the church board and as Sunday School superintendent.  He also served on the Mt. Morris Public Library Board.

John is survived by a son, Eric Sundvall; daughters: Karen (Ron) Larson, Mt. Morris, and Joan Sundvall, Rockford; granddaughters, Sarah (Bryan) Malloy, Fayetteville, Ark., and Signe Larson, Little Rock, Ark.

John was preceded in death by his wife, Emma Sundvall; his parents; and half-brother, Clarence Newman.

Funeral Services were held Nov. 19 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Mt. Morris, with Rev. Marilyn Hanson officiating.  Burial was at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon.

Arrangements were completed by Finch Funeral Home, 405 E. Hitt St., Mt. Morris.

Memorials have been established to the Mt. Morris Public Library Fund and the Pinecrest Good Samaritan Fund.

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