John David Wathen, 77, of Carrier Mills, Ill., went to be with the Lord on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, at 7:50 a.m.

John David Wathen, 77, of Carrier Mills, Ill., went to be with the Lord on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, at 7:50 a.m.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Joanne Lehman Wathen. Also surviving are his children, Dawn (Dennis) Gray of Harrisburg, Ill., Cheryl (David) Damron of Palmyra, Bob (Susan) Wathen of Hannibal and Karen (Bill) Maier of Stonefort, Ill. Also surviving are his sister, Robin (Fuzz) Stricklin of Harco, Ill., and brother, Van (Jenylle) Wathen of Duquoin, Ill. Also surviving are his 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, with number 13 due in January.

John was preceded in death by his parents and stepmother; a brother; and beloved granddaughter, Hannah Elizabeth Wathen.

Services will be held in Southern Illinois.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hannah Elizabeth Wathen Memorial Scholarship Fund.