In loving memory of

John C. Wertman
August 1, 1929 - February 17, 2021

John Carter Wertman
Canton - John Carter Wertman, 91, of Canton, passed away Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at Clayberg Nursing Home in Cuba.
He was born on August 1, 1929, in Canton to Carter E. and Flossie (Shafer) Wertman.
John is survived by his wife of 71 years, Alma Lee (Linn) Wertman. They were married on September 4, 1949 in Canton.
Also surviving are three children, Lynn (Kevin) Brooks of Canton, Nancy (Jeff) Hendryx of Morton and Janet (Mike) Krulac of Canton, brother in law Gordon (Pat) Linn, seven grandchildren, Nick (Jessica) Brooks, Nate (Sarah) Brooks, Kaylee (Sean) Blair, Luke (Erin) Overcash, Ty (Colleen) Overcash, Tess (Stephen) Whiting and Zack (Ashley) Krulac, and ten great grandchildren, Bailey, Carter and Cad Brooks, Briggs, Kenzie, Charlotte and Lennon Overcash, and Colette and Lincoln Krulac, and one great grandchild Whiting on the way.
Also preceding him in death is one grandson, Cody Krulac.
John received an associate's degree in agriculture from the University of Illinois. He was a cattle and grain farmer in Fulton County throughout his life. He won the Outstanding Young Farmer award for the state of Illinois, he was a 4-H leader for the Lucky-13 Club. He was a bank director for Mid America National Bank. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Canton for 72 years and was a board member of the Canton YMCA where he also previously had refereed basketball. He was also a past member and president of the Friendship Festival board and the Fulton County Ambulance board. John also was a member of the Canton Masonic Lodge. Most of all John was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend.
A private family service will be held with Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton. Burial will take place at Greenwood Cemetery in Canton.
Memorials may be made to the Cody Krulac Scholarship Fund C/O Mid America National Bank.
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Christy Ault Churchill wrote on Mar 2, 2021:

"Sending many condolences to John's family and friends. I was blessed to get to know John and his wonderful family. I always enjoyed visiting with him and sharing stories. "

Donald St. Clair wrote on Mar 2, 2021:

"Alma and family, I'm so sorry to be reading my friend John's obituary, may he rest in peace. A couple of days ago I was wondering about john and Alma lee. They were my buddies at the wellness center. john and I had a great time teasing and joking with each other. God bless him and his family. Now I will have to eat all the fish tails myself."

Terri Curtis wrote on Mar 1, 2021:

"I'm so sorry to hear of John's passing. He was a wonderful person. Prayers to the family."

Marc and Cheryl Cook wrote on Mar 1, 2021:

"Our condolences to the family and friends."

Lon Henderson wrote on Mar 1, 2021:

"My prayers are with the family. John and his family provided so many wonderful memories over the years. The church mission trips are still highlights from my high school years. May his loving spirit remain in all of us. "

Steve Curry wrote on Feb 26, 2021:

"I cannot begin to recall all the simply fantastic, fun and wonderful times I spent with John and his family. His passing is wonderful for him, as he was welcomed into heaven by Christ and countless close friends and relatives, but sad for those of us who transiently remain behind. My prayers are with your family."

JANE PSCHIRRER wrote on Feb 24, 2021:


Carl Strauch wrote on Feb 21, 2021:

"I was sorry to hear of John?s passing. I remember many fun times on church mission trips and him reffing Y basketball games. My prayers are with all of you. Carl Strauch"

Veanna Thum wrote on Feb 20, 2021:

"John was a wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family at this difficult time. Aaron & Veanna Thum"

Sharon (Nebergall) Bosserman wrote on Feb 20, 2021:

"Janet and family, my sympathies for your loss. Prayers for comfort. Keep your good memories close to your heart! "

Dorothy Harrison wrote on Feb 20, 2021:

"My heartfelt condolences to Alma Lee and the girls. I met John and Alma Lee when I was 25 years old. John was always so kind and welcoming to me. Always welcomed me with a smile and he and Alma Lee always made me feel a part of their lives. I still miss all those wonderful trips with the Wertman and the Curry family. Rest in The arms of God John."

Karen Overcash wrote on Feb 20, 2021:

"John was sweet and welcoming! Great patriarch for his daughters. So sorry for all!"

Chuck Linn Jr. wrote on Feb 20, 2021:

"We extend our deepest sympathies to Aunt Alma Lee, Lynn, Nancy, Janet, and your families. You are in our thoughts and prayers, and sincerest condolences. Chuck, Rafaela, Gabby & Sarah"

David & Bea Meeker wrote on Feb 20, 2021:

"Alma and Family: Sorry to hear of the loss of John. Prayers for comfort and peace for the family. David & Bea Meeker"

Sandra Linn wrote on Feb 19, 2021:

"I just learned the news of Uncle John's passing. Aunt Alma Lee, Lynn, Nancy and Janet, our deepest condolences. I will always remember all the great times we had at the farm especially during the family Christmas gatherings. Mike truly enjoyed hearing John's stories and talking with him whenever we were able to get together on our visits back home. He also wanted me to let you know that It was an honor to get to know and talk to him. Love to all, Sandy and Mike"

Diane Parkinson wrote on Feb 19, 2021:

"Janet and Family, we are so sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. I remember my parents speaking of such fond memories with your Dad. You are in our prayers. Diane & Mike"

Jane Herring wrote on Feb 19, 2021:

"I'm so sorry to hear about Uncle John's passing. Will be praying for you all, Aunt Alma Lee, Lynn, Nancy, Janet & families, for comfort as you grieve and as you celebrate such a good, long life. Many fond memories on the farm & on visits to Canton. Much love, Janie"

Janet Edmonds wrote on Feb 19, 2021:

"My condolences and prayers to the family, May your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times you shared together as you celebrate a life blessed and well lived. Psalms 90:10"

Norma MCGurk wrote on Feb 18, 2021:

" So sorry for John's passing. We loved John. He was a special man and a friend to all. Our deepest sympathy to Alma Lee, Lynn, Janet and Nancy. They were all blessed with a wonderful husband and father."

Marcie Myers wrote on Feb 18, 2021:

"So very sorry for your loss. How wonderful to be married for 71 years. My Dad, Charles Shumaker, and John were good friends. May your memories help you get through these difficult days ahead. Rest in peace John. My deepest sympathy Marcie (Shumaker) Myers."

Dee Doubet wrote on Feb 18, 2021:

"Janet and Mike ? Denny and I were so sorry to learn of his death. We?re sure you will miss him terribly, but you were blessed with many years of his companionship. Our condolences to you and your family. ?"

Dee Doubet wrote on Feb 18, 2021:

"Lynn and Family ? I was so sorry to learn of John?s death today. You were blessed to have him with you for so many years. Condolences to you and your family."

Peggy Malott wrote on Feb 18, 2021:

"Janet and family, I am so very sorry to hear about your loss. Prayers and hugs to you. You will be in my thoughts and May your wonderful memories bring you comfort and peace. Peggy Malott"

Jeannne Lindsey wrote on Feb 18, 2021:

"Wertman family, I am so sorry for your loss. My family has known your family for a very long time. I remember the time I went to Africa and your family was in the group, too. John told me many stories on the bus up to Chicago to catch the plane to Africa. It was fun to hear about the past family history of our two families. Jeanne Lindsey"

Katrina Hamilton wrote on Feb 18, 2021:

"Janet - so very sorry for your family?s great loss. Sending hugs and prayers of comfort. May the sharing of wonderful memories help sustain you all in these difficult days. Keeping you in our thoughts. Katrina and Mike Hamilton "

Steven White wrote on Feb 18, 2021:

"John was a good friend to all.. I have many fond memories of him through First Baptist Church. Prayers for Alma Lee and all the family...."

Dave Banister wrote on Feb 18, 2021:

"Rest In Peace my friend. "