John 'Jack' L. Colliver

WAPELLA — John “Jack” L. Colliver, 92, of Wapella, passed away on Saturday, March 18, 2023, surrounded by family.

John was born on June 14, 1930, in Parnell, Ill., the son of John and Blanche (Maiden) Colliver, and he married the love of his life, Laura E. Jones, on June 17, 1951, in Perry, Mo.

John is survived by his wife. They were married 71 years.

Also surviving are four children, Jackie (Bob) Boring, Mike (Karen) Colliver, Tammy (Rich) Doner, Brenda (Dennis) Underwood; grandchildren, Shannon (Mitch) Whitson, Lacy (Beau) Boudreau, Alicia (Eric) Bunting, Jeremiah (Amy) Doner, Amber (Billy) Rutledge, Hillary (JD) Lambert, Lance (Ava) Underwood, Jacob Underwood, Whitney Underwood; and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Harold Colliver.

John was in the U.S.  Army and served his country in the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Clinton VFW.

He retired from the Illinois Department of Transportation in 1993. John was a Jack of all trades. He was always building things and doing projects. He enjoyed camping and coffee with his buddies. He enjoyed supporting his kids, grandkids, and great- grandkids at their events. He was always willing to lend a helping hand.

A visitation will be held at Calvert Funeral Home in Clinton, on Wednesday, March 22, 2023, from 5-8 p.m. with a service officiated by Jim Kilson on Thursday, March 23, 2023, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow at Oak Park Cemetery.

Our family would like to thank everyone at Imboden Creek Living Center and Bonnie Schmid for her care and many visits.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wapella Fire Department or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Jack was a loving husband, dad, grandpa, and great-grandpa. He was very soft spoken and a kind-hearted man. He never met a stranger. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Online condolences may be made at