Age 59 of Wilmington, Illinois died Thursday, January 20, 2022 at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park, Illinois.
Born December 8, 1962 in Joliet, Illinois, John Joseph was a son of Michael and Mildred Jean (Ashley) Boris. He began his primary education in Joliet until moving to Wilmington with his family where he graduated from Wilmington High School with the Class of 1981.
John’s career was in HVAC Sales and Service, and throughout the years he was employed with Ferguson in Naperville, Illinois as well as Excelsior Supply in Joliet, Illinois. He was a member of First Christian Church in Wilmington, and will most be remembered for his love of music. A true drummer at heart, John was a member of the house band at The Rustic, and played in various bands including: Redliner, The Trend, Junkyard Dogs and Whatever. He loved the outdoors, enjoyed scuba diving around the globe and was a lover of animals, especially his dogs. Gone from our sight, John’s unforgettable personality will live on in all of us who knew and loved him.
Survivors include his wife Julie (nee Forsythe), whom he married July 16, 1994; son, SFC Nicholas Orr, USA (Tracey) of Fairview Heights, Illinois; six grandchildren: Alexis Orr, Nicholas “Joey” Orr Jr., Gracie Orr, Cannon Orr, Keenan Orr and Jessica Jeffries; one sister, Linda Born (Michael) of Bourbonnais, Illinois; two brothers: Michael Boris (Jan) of Morris, Illinois, and Robert Boris (Eileen) of Wilmington, Illinois; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Lester Forsythe (Carolyn) of France, Ron Forsythe (Mary) of Marseilles, Illinois, Susan Roach (Michael) of Camden, Tennesse, and Delana Forsythe of Big Sandy, Tennessee.
John was preceded in death by his parents: Michael and Mildred Boris; son, Kevin Orr; sister, Carol Boris and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lester and Shirley Forsythe.
Private family burial will follow in Bakers Chapel Church Cemetery in Big Sandy, Tennessee, where John will be laid to rest with his father-in-law and mother-in-law.
Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in John’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The Wounded Warriors Project or through the memorial contribution link on the memorial page.
Family and friends are encouraged to sign the guest book, upload photographs and share John’s memorial page online through social media.
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