John Richard Terwilliger

May 13, 2022


John Richard Terwilliger, 64, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on May 13, 2022 at home

in Danville, IL. John was born in Champaign, IL to John E. Terwilliger and Edith M. Terwilliger

(Robinson) on October 14, 1957. John is survived by his parents John and Edith Terwilliger of

Charleston, IL, his partner Sarah Imhoff and her son Jakob Imhoff of Danville, IL, three siblings:

Mike Terwilliger (Robyn) of Galva, IL, Deb Compton of Charleston, IL, and Robin Terwilliger of

Lafayette, IN. John also leaves behind nieces and nephews: Shaw Terwilliger (Sarah Stack) of

NC, Bennett Terwilliger (Anna Kultys) of IL, Leeann Terwilliger (Adam Sharp) of TX, Kristi

Brownfield of SD, Alistair Mountz (Kristin) of AZ, Angela Terwilliger of IN. John is survived by

nine great nieces and nephews. John leaves behind a large loving group of super cool cousins,

aunts, uncles, and fabulous friends. John was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents,

paternal grandparents, and several aunts and uncles.

John grew up in Champaign, IL and enjoyed the advantages that come with both parents being

employed at the University of Illinois, such as attending summer play performances, basketball

at Huff gym, art museum trips, bowling at the Union, and playing pick-up football games with

neighboring fraternity members. John’s love for football was nurtured by playing in the YMCA

football teams all the way through Edison Jr. High, Champaign Central High School and

graduating from Champaign Central High School in 1975. John attended Illinois State University

but then decided that he was going to take a different route through life. In the early 1980's

John worked in the hospitality industry in Champaign-Urbana at a couple of Pomonis owned

places including Panama Reds. During this time John became a roadie for the popular

Champaign country-rock band Appaloosa. This adventure led John to his commitment to

helping others, his joy of music, and his fun-loving nature. John met many people during this

time who continue to be lifelong friends. John and Sarah enjoyed attending a reunion show of

Appaloosa in August 2021.

John’s love of people and helping others led him to several sales positions. It is believed John

honed and fine-tuned these skills earlier in his life when he participated in the annual door to

door sale of boxed thin mints to support the YMCA football program. Of course, John was

helped by the fact that his family lived across from a sorority and there was a fraternity on the

corner, but it was John's people skills that sold the product. John worked for Herff Jones for

almost 30 years where he was in charge of providing gowns, including measuring and returns, to

participants in the University of Illinois graduation ceremonies. John currently was a Business

Development Manager for Accel Entertainment. John had a special place in his heart for dogs,

especially special needs animals. John had two beloved dogs that are waiting for him on the

Rainbow Bridge: Hank who was deaf and Jack.

John enjoyed posting pictures, stories, and tidbits about his life on Facebook to share with

family and friends. His posts were often humorous to brighten your day, antics of his dogs,

tidbits about sports, his travels with Sarah and the yummy restaurants they came across in their

adventures, and reminders of being loving and kind to others. John also shared his own

experiences: a trip in Chicago where he gave his lunch away to a homeless person, picking up a

man on the interstate who was walking several miles in bitterly cold weather, and kindness

unasked for and freely given. This was John: a caring and loving man with a generous spirit and

a kind heart. John will be greatly missed by family, friends, and strangers he has met along the

way. The ripple John has left will touch many more people than we can imagine. A Celebration

of Life will be held on May 26, 2022 at Wesley United Methodist Church-Watseka Lounge,

1203 W. Green St, Urbana, IL 61801 at 4pm. To honor John's love for dogs the family asks that

in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Champaign County Humane Society where John

had volunteered many of his Saturday hours to walk dogs at the Humane Society. Online condolences:

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Celebration of Life
May 26, 2022

4:00 PM
Wesley United Methodist Church Watseka Lounge
1203 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801

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