EDWARDSVILLE — Family, friends and coworkers are mourning the death of a man who devoted more than three decades to bettering Madison County through his work.
John Herzog, who had been an employee and administrator with Madison County Community Development since 1984, died Thursday, Sept. 8, at his East Alton home. He was 57.
Herzog spent the past 32 years assisting businesses in locating, expanding and retaining their operations in Madison County. He also oversaw the county’s loan programs that helped attract businesses to Madison County and aided the expansion of local companies, creating and retaining jobs for thousands of Madison County residents. He ascended to the position of economic development coordinator, a role he held for years, and was the deputy administrator with the Community Development Department.
The development of the county’s four enterprise zones, which provide special tax incentives to encourage business growth, was one of Herzog’s most notable accomplishments. Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan said Herzog’s impact will long be felt in the county.
“John courageously battled a number of health issues during his 57 years, including cancer as a child and a kidney transplant earlier this year. And while John will be missed, we will not overlook his important role in helping establish the foundation for Madison County’s current and future economic growth and vitality,” Dunstan said in a statement.
In his obituary, Herzog was described as “a resolute believer in the power of regional cooperation. He was the consummate professional, a true relationship builder, whose kindness was limitless,” the obituary reads. “John leaves a legacy of professional accomplishments, colleagues who were the better from working with from him, and longstanding friendships.”
Visitation will be 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, at Staten-Fine Funeral Home in Alton, and a funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 16, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alton, with Father John Paul Klein officiating. A private family burial will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association or to Glen-Ed (Food) Pantry.