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D'Albora, John S.
John S. (Wilson) D'Albora, 74, of 440 West Point Drive, Lake Bracken, Galesburg, Ill., died at 4:57 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, 2012 in University of California Hospital-Irvine, Orange, California of complications from pneumonia.

He was born June 16, 1937 in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of Stephen Willson and Anne DAlbora Willson. He married Linda McKnight. He later married Nancy Fleming. On September 12, 1992, he married his soulmate, Karen Viane.

He is survived by his wife, Karen; and his family, John S. (and Amy) D'Albora II of Edwardsville, Ill., Lisa Willson, Peoria, Ill., Nicholas Viane of Los Angeles, Calif., Angela Viane (and Art Wimmell)of Inverness, Ill. and Jill (and David) Crane of Carpentersville, Ill.; three grandchildren, Abigail D'Albora, Caroline Crane and Tyler Crane; and two sisters, Julie (and Ed) Hovorka of Mundelein, Ill. and Jean (and Ron) Hlavin of Spring Grove, Ill., numerous nieces and nephews, and innumerable friends.

John worked as a civil engineer and superintendent for Gunther Construction in Galesburg for the past 35 years. Previously, he was a civil engineer for IDOT for several years.

He graduated from Grayslake High School. He attended Purdue University and graduated from Bradley University with a degree in civil engineering. John was an active member of the First Church of God in Galesburg, where he served as moderator for many years. He served on the Knox County Mutual Insurance Board, was past president of Knoxville School District 202, and was a member and on the board of directors of Lake Bracken Country Club. He was instrumental in introducing the special education program to Knoxville schools. John was active in establishing the gazebo in downtown Knoxville that is enjoyed by many today. John had received numerous professional awards throughout his career including the "Bridge of the Year" award from the Governor of Illinois. John served in the United States Army as a reservist.

John will be remembered for his bright smile and infectious laugh. He enjoyed being outside, whether working in the yard or overseeing a construction site. John had wanderlust for travel, and he and Karen experienced many wonderful vacations throughout their years together.

Funeral will be on Friday, March 30 at 10:00 a.m. at First Church of God. Rev. Dennis McQuown will officiate. Visitation will be on Thursday, March 29 from 4 - 8:00 p.m. at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Burial will be in Henderson Cemetery. Memorials may be made to First Church of God. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com
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