PRINCETON — John L. Birkey, 70, of Princeton passed away Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at Silverado Naperville in Naperville.
John was born May 8, 1948, to Emery N. Birkey and Sadie M. Williams. He married his love, Lynn “Dianne” Pendarvis, on June 9, 1979, at the Red Oak Methodist Church in Walnut.
He was a graduate of Malden High School and received his bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Western Illinois University. He worked for Pioneer Seed Corn in Princeton, as well as working on his family farm.
He enjoyed farming, gardening and reading. John was quite the history buff, and enjoyed antique tractors, hunting, collecting arrowheads and genealogy research. In his younger days, he loved going fishing with his loving wife, Dianne, of 38 years.
John is survived by his wife, Dianne Birkey of Princeton; one daughter, Megan (David Balsewicz) Birkey of Winfield; one son, Michael Birkey of Princeton; one brother, Bill (Kathy) Birkey of Peoria; one sister, Kathy (Jim) Susin of Metamora; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Daniel Birkey.
Services for John will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 14, at the chapel at Oakland Cemetery in Princeton with Pastor Brian Strom officiating. A graveside service will follow at Oakland Cemetery. Visitation will be prior to the service, starting at 10:30 a.m., at the chapel at Oakland Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to Western Illinois University School of Agriculture, attention John L. Birkey Memorial.
The Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at www.norbergfh.com.