John S. Isaacson was born October 18, 1941 and passed to eternal life on May 1, 2023
He was the son of Norman John and Helen Cleo (Baker) Isaacson, brother to Chet (JoAnn) Isaacson (both deceased), David (Roberta-Deceased) Isaacson, Ruth (Tom-Deceased) Thomas, Rich (deceased) Isaacson, Dale (Imogene) Isaacson (both deceased), Mary (Butch) DeMoss, Susan Greene and Young Stephen who passed during childhood. My father had many wonderful memories of his childhood growing up having many siblings. He loved every one of them. Although times were tough in those days, he was blessed to have been raised in a loving home with all the morals, scruples and values required to become a very good, righteous and loving husband, father, businessman and friend.
John married the love of his life, Dollie Nadine Watkins on June 30, 1962. She preceded him to eternal life on June 28, 2020. They resided in Danville for the entire nearly 68 years of marriage in a home which my father was very proud to have built on his family’s land in 1972.
John was a proud Navy veteran serving from 1960 to 1964. He was forever grateful to the military for providing him the training to become an electrical engineer. This would become his lifelong profession, which he was known for being one of the best during his time in business and beyond. Dad was a neat, meticulous man by nature, making him very good at this job. He was self-employed for many years, getting his start in business as Isaacson Electric, working in conjunction with his brother David who was a residential home builder at the time. Many years later, he eventually retired from Provena Health Care Hospital where he had many great memories and friends.
My father was not only a good, hard-working provider, but an even better husband and father. Mom and I were blessed with the traditional “picket fence” life. My father was my coach, my teacher, my mentor to life. My father was my hero! Many would say being an only child spoils them. I was NOT spoiled with things or money. I was however spoiled with love, affection, morals, values, security and direction.
John and Dollie were especially proud to be grandparents to Joshua and Nicholas Lester. They continued their loving legacy by attending almost every event the boys were involved in. Dad was an avid photographer and has forever blessed us with thousands of memories that he has provided through his eyes and lens.
My father lived his best life. I believe he enjoyed life and strived to be the best man he knew how to be. Although Alzheimer’s and a serious heart condition may have been his final challenge, he remained that red headed, ornery, witty fire cracker to the very end.
Please join me in honoring my parents with graveside services on June 9, 2023 at 11am at Danville National Cemetery where we will be honoring my father with Military Honor’s for his service as well. We will be gathering following with details to be forthcoming.
Until we see each other again, forever in loving memories, your daughter, Amanda Kay…
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