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Haggard, John Sr.

d. November 27, 2012

John A. Haggard, Sr., age 93, of Sherman, passed away on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at Maple Ridge Nursing Home in Lincoln.

He was born October 12, 1919 in Athens, Illinois, the son of Claude and Jane (King) Haggard. He married Evelyn Teresa DeWitt on July 22, 1946.

He is survived by his five sons, Michael (Ruth) Haggard, David (Barb) Haggard, Russell (Tonya) Haggard, Sr., Timothy Haggard, John A. (Lori) Haggard, Jr.; three daughters, Marianne Goeringer, Janet Rhodes, and Teresa (Bill) Payne; daughter-in-law, Salle Stone Haggard; 40 grandchildren; 42 great grandchildren; and 5 great-great grandchildren; brother, OC (Kathyrn) Haggard; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Evelyn; his parents, Claude and Jane; one son John Samuel Haggard; one grandson, Jeremy Michael Haggard; three sisters, Agnes Charlotte Haggard, Mada Wright, and Nigle Primm.

He served in the Air Force during WWII. John farmed for many years, worked at Sangamo Electric and worked many years and retired from FS Farm Supply/Grow Mart. In his spare time he enjoyed chopping wood to heat his home and fishing. He was a member of the Living Faith Baptist Church in Sherman.

Graveside service will be held at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 1:00 PM, with military services.

Rev. Mark Emerson will be officiating.

Memorials can be made to the American Heart Association or to the Alzheimer’s Association.


  1. With sadness I read today of the passing of a man whom I admired greatly. Every time I give my testimony I always include how Mr. Haggard was instrumental to me in giving my life to Christ. What a great witness he was! John Sr. will truly be missed by his family and friends, my condolences to all.

  2. My prayers are with the family. Uncle John was a great man and will be missed!

  3. My deepest sympathies on the loss of your father. I remeber him fondly visiting Evelyn when I was her hospice nurse. We used to sit out front of Heritage on the bench and talk. He will be missed. May GOD bring peace to you and your family at this time. Bianca

  4. My thoughts and prayers are with your family with the loss of this great man.

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