John L. Berghoff, 67, of Alton, passed away at 12:20 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, at Alton Memorial Hospital.
He was born Oct. 31, 1947, in Wood River, the son of the late Emil and Elizabeth (Meyers) Berghoff. He married the former Cathy Taylor on May 10, 1969, in Alton, and she survives. Other survivors include one daughter, Rhonda Dearing of Bethalto; two sons and daughters-in-law, Keith and Melissa Berghoff of Alton, and Ryan and Anne Berghoff of Alton; four grandchildren, Brandon Berghoff, Tyler Dearing, Brianna Dearing and Grace Berghoff; three sisters, Dot Dustman of Fosterburg, Judy King of Alton, and Mary Erwin and her husband, Jeff, of Fosterburg; one brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Ruby Berghoff of Godfrey; his father-in-law, Hamer Taylor of Bethalto; one brother-in-law and sister-in-law, John and Patty Taylor of Brighton; and several nieces, nephews, and other extended family and friends.
John was formerly employed at General Mills, where he retired as the head of the Sanitation Department. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he served in Vietnam. He loved farming and NASCAR.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Dolores Taylor.
In celebration of his life, visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, at Pitchford Funeral Home in Wood River. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, at the funeral home. The Rev. Mark Scandrett will officiate. Burial will follow at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto with full military honors by the Ritual Team of VFW Post 1308 of Alton.
Memorials are suggested to Mid America Transplant Services, 1110 Highlands Plaza Drive East No. 100, St. Louis, MO 63110, and will be accepted at the funeral home.
Online guestbook available at www.pitchfordfuneralhome.com.