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John Harrop

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John A. Harrop Sr., 92, passed away peacefully at 7:45 am on Monday, June 17, 2024, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Born on June 12, 1932, in Carlinville, IL, John was the son of James and Hazel (Hinthorne) Harrop. On June 27, 1953, he married Margaret Laird in East Alton, IL. They recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary, a testament to their enduring love and commitment.

John served in the United States Army from November 1952 until November of 1954 and the reserves until 1960, earning the rank of Corporal.

John dedicated many years of service to Olin Brass before retiring. He also co-owned Harrop Autobody with his brother, where he was known for his strong work ethic and exceptional craftsmanship. A devoted member of Meadowbrook First Southern Baptist Church, John was honored as the oldest father with the most grandchildren on Father’s Day. His faith and community were central to his life.

Known as a stern but loving family man, John was a pillar of strength and wisdom. His grandchildren remember him as a gentle teddy bear, always ready with the best advice and a helping hand. John's passion for gardening was well-known throughout the town, with his beautiful gardens and produce enjoyed by many. He also enjoyed fishing, camping, and woodworking. Remarkably, at the age of 82, he crafted a china cabinet for Margaret’s 80th birthday, showcasing his love and dedication.

He is survived by his loving wife, Margaret Harrop; their children, Sara (Gordon) Kivett, John A. (Connie) Harrop Jr., Kent (Donna) Harrop, Darcy (Brian) Lawson, and Amy Wyatt (Steve Freiner); sisters, Linda James (Robert) and Dorris Radliff; a sister-in-law, Verlene Bartlett; grandchildren and their spouses, Marcie, Nathan, Stacie, Jason, Brandie, Shaun, Issac, Laura, Veronica, Randall, Abigail, Heather, Brooke, Laura, Ryan, Megan, Kenna, Derek, Blake, and Genna; great grandchildren, Liam, Ivy, Maxton, Dallas, Jayna, Austin, Nicholas, Jordan, Riley, Brailey, Nathan, Natalie, Zachary, Vanessa, Lillie, Logan, Myleigh, Madelyn, Joshua, Khelienah, Jocelynn, Keira, and one on the way; and great great grandchildren, Bella and Aleasha.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, Daniel; a grandson, Joshua A. Harrop; and siblings, Hazel, James, Ronald, Robert, Sharon, Janet, Mary and Joyce.

Visitation will be held on Friday, June 21, 2024 from 10:00 am until the time of service at 12:30 pm at the Elias Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto

Burial will follow at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto, IL

Memorials are suggested to the Meadowbrook 1st Southern Baptist Church in Moro.

Online condolences and guestbook may be found at www.eliaskallalandschaaf.com.


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