WALNUT – John Robert Pogliano Jr., 66, of Walnut, passed away Saturday Feb. 9, 2013, peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family, after a courageous and hard-fought battle with gallbladder cancer.
He was born Dec. 30, 1946, in Morris, to John Sr. and Darlene (Perry) Pogliano. He attended Coal City High School, graduating with the class of 1965. He married Lana Watson Pogliano on May 10, 1969, at Assumption Catholic Church in Coal City.
In 1972, he moved to the Walnut area. He was a lifelong farmer and owner-operator of his beloved 1975 Peterbilt, working part time for Northwest Illinois Construction Co. He was a Farm Bureau member, and a member of Teamsters Local 722.
In his youth, John was active in 4-H, having much success showing Hereford cattle. John enjoyed playing softball, bowling, and snowmobiling. He was an avid Chicago Bears and NASCAR fan. John loved his oldies rock ’n’ roll music. John was the owner of a 1979 Chevy 4x4 truck, which he proudly showed at area car shows. He cherished the time he spent with his children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed spending time with his three canine buddies, Sarah, Sandy, and Snowy.
John is survived by Lana, his devoted wife of 44 years, his son, John III (Marcia) Pogliano, his daughter, Kristin (Jay) Ledergerber, and his mother, Darlene Pogliano, all of Walnut; two sisters, Kathy Togliatti of Coal City and Mary (Steve) Bickett of Chicago; eight grandchildren, John IV, Jeremy, Jessica, Jacob, Hunter, Haley, Liana, and Paige, all of Walnut; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, John Sr.; mother-in-law, Irene Watson; and father-in-law, George Watson.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Visitation also will be from 9 to 10 a.m., followed by the funeral at 10 a.m., Thursday at the funeral home. Internment will be at Braceville-Gardner Cemetery in Braceville.
A memorial has been established.
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