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John Sheriff

March 20, 1942 — September 6, 2017

John M. Sheriff, 75, of Keithsburg, IL died Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at home. Funeral services are10:00 a.m. Monday, September 11, 2017 at Fippinger Funeral Home in Aledo. Burial is in the Greenmound Cemetery. Visitation is 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Fippinger's, where memorials may be left to Mercer County Farm Bureau Foundation or the Mercer County 4H Foundation. Online condolences can be made at

He was born March 20, 1942 in Monmouth, IL to Paul and Louise Sebring Sheriff. John graduated from Aledo High School in 1960. He attended the University of Illinois, before engaging in his lifelong career of farming in the Seaton and Keithsburg area. John was united in marriage to Elwanda Quayle on February 26, 1967 in Galva, IL.

John was a member of the Mercer County Fair Board, having served as superintendent for many years. He was also a member of the Mercer County Farm Bureau, the Aledo Rotary Club and the Aledo Masonic Lodge #252 AFAM. He was a longtime member of Center Presbyterian Church in Seaton, IL.

John is survived by his wife, Elwanda; one daughter, Andrea (Paul) Mitchell of Oto, Iowa; two sons, Paul Sheriff of Keithsburg, IL; Jim (Mandy) Sheriff of Port Washington, WI; 6 grandchildren: Alexandria, Adam, Jacob, Leah, Maggie and Griffin; one sister, Janet (David) Larson of Keithsburg, IL; one niece and one nephew.

He was preceded in death by parents.

Charitable donations may be made to:

Mercer County Farm Bureau Foundation
Aledo IL 61231

Mercer County 4H Foundation
Aledo IL 61231

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