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John Robert Zilko

Born: Sat., Jun. 18, 1938
Died: Wed., Jul. 3, 2019


2:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Sun., Jul. 14, 2019
Location: Knights of Columbus

Celebration of Life

2:00 PM Sun., Jul. 14, 2019
Location: Knights of Columbus

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John Zilko, 81, passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at his home.

A celebration of life will be Sunday, July 14, 2019 from 2-6 pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 310 Bryan Avenue Danville, IL. A private burial at Danville National Cemetery will take place at a later date.

John was born June 18, 1938, in Danville, Illinois, to John and Ruth Zilko. He was a lifelong resident of “Rabbittown”. Friends referred to him as The Mayor of Rabbittown. He is survived by two daughters, Lori Zilko and Amy Zilko (Michael O’Neil) both of Danville. A sister, Norma Kreidler, of Danville and constant companion, his dog, Rufus. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law, Ron Kreidler and his beloved dog, Peter along with several four-legged grandchildren. He was also Uncle and Godfather “Johnny Bob” to several nieces and nephews who he enjoyed greatly.

John attended St. Joseph’s Grade School and Schlarman High School and never missed a day of school. He was a radio operator in the United States Air Force from 1956 to 1960. John worked most of his career as a maintenance mechanic at Chuckles, Kraft, Quaker Oats and Danville Area Community College.

He spent his childhood hanging out at Danville Stadium where he became an avid baseball fan and rooted for the Cubs his whole life. His lifelong dream was to see the Cubs win the World Series and that happened for him in 2016.

He will be remembered for the great jokes he told and the pride and love he had for his two daughters.

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Wendy Cheesman
   Posted Sat July 06, 2019
This gentleman will be missed by all of us and what a great Cubs fan he was. Resting in the arms of the Lord God bless

Robin Varvel
   Posted Sat July 06, 2019
So sorry to see this. Always remember him from growing up in Rabbittown! My thoughts and prayers to his family & friends.

Diana Wyatt
   Posted Sat July 06, 2019
Always had kind words and funny stories. Rest in peace.

Larry and Patti Welsch
   Posted Sat July 06, 2019
So very sorry for your loss. He was a great man loved by many. We will miss him. Sending love and prayers to all of his friends and family.

   Posted Sat July 06, 2019
He was always Johnny Bob to me have a lot of memories of him as we were growing up late night games of kick the can going to the movies and playing board games and trading comic books he was always dear to me growing up
I also went to school with him at St Joseph and Schlarman.

Jerry Harweger
   Posted Sun July 07, 2019
I mourn with you the loss of a treasured friend and co-worker at Kraft. Truly a "Man's Man"

Laura Wiliams
   Posted Tue July 09, 2019
I will miss the "DACC Santa". I remember him doing this for years for the children of employees and students at the annual Christmas get-together. He was very proud to hand those kids a candy cane! My condolences to you, Amy and Lori. Laura Wms.

   Posted Thu July 11, 2019
What a great guy! I enjoyed working with him at DJC/DACC. He always had a good joke or story. John was a charter member of the DACC Annitants Association. Marilyn Satterwhite

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