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Haseley, John, Sr.

d. November 13, 2012

John Haseley, Sr. “Do Wop”, age 68, of Athens, passed away on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at his home.

He is survived by his wife, Cheryl; two daughters, Marla (husband Eric) Smith of Sherman, Kristi (husband Rod) Parkinson of Wataga; one son, John Haseley, Jr. of Buffalo; beloved grandchildren, Austin, Hannah, and Mabel; step-grandchildren, Justin, Ashley, and Rachel; his dog, Goldie; and several cousins.

John was born June 25, 1944 in Springfield, the son of Edward and Margaret Prill Haseley. They preceded him in death.

He married Cheryl Wahlsmith in July of 1965 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Pleasant Plains.

He retired from Coca Cola Company after 37 years as a service technician.

In his spare time he enjoyed helping harvest crops. John also enjoyed spending time in his garage building street rods.

Cremation rites will be accorded

A memorial gathering will be held at the Illini Bank Community Center, 120 Illini Blvd., in Sherman, where friends may visit on Saturday, November 17, 2012 from 10:00 AM until time of Celebration of Life there at 12:00 noon.

John requested casual attire for all those who attend.

Todd Smith will conduct a service prior to the meal served afterwards.

Memorials can be made to the “Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics”

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Timothy Gillison and the staff at Springfield Clinic for their excellent care and support.


  1. Cheryl, Kristi, John and Marla – We are very sorry for your loss…. John fought a good fight which he could never have done without all of you!! We had alot of good times on Wood Street that we will never forget!! If there is anything we can do for you, please let us know.

  2. My sympathies to your family. My parents, Helmerich(H.J.) and Dora Helmerichs were friends with John’s parents. Our families visited when we were young there at Cantrall. May God comfort you as only He can.

  3. Cheryl and John it was so good to see you yesterday. I would not have known John and probably Kristi and Marla. My heart aches for all of you, but I think you can take comfort in knowing he is not suffering anymore. I know he must have been very proud of his family. Thoughts and Prayers to all of you old friend. Call me anytime 636-8190. Love you, Kay

  4. When I was 7 years old, John Haseley was my first boyfriend 😉 Besides being handsome, he was the coolest guy ever, I remember visiting his dad’s farm and getting to sit on a tractor…I’ll never forget the day he hoisted me up on his shoulders, walked me to the top of Wood St. and let me touch the stop sign! And like all my boyfriends, he ALWAYS had a sweet ride. Honestly, I never quite got over my crush on him…and thankfully his wife, my sweet cousin Cherie, patiently tolerated it. My heart is broken and I ache for his family. I am so grateful that I was able to enjoy their company last summer…I can only hope that my family will be so close in the years to come. I’m so sorry I couldn’t make the trip, just know I was there in spirit. I love you all. ~Pam and Family

  5. Cheryl and Family,

    I’m so sorry to read about John. Know you are in my prayers.

    Bonnie Bailey

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