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Major John Totten

veteranJan 23rd, 1938 - Oct 7th, 2017

Funeral Service: 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at Antioch Christian Church, Olney

Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home, and 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Antioch Christian Church, Olney

Presentation of Military Funeral Honors: 6 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home and on Wednesday at Olive Branch Cemetery following the funeral service

Burial: Olive Branch Cemetery, Olney


     Major John Michael Totten, United States Army, Retired, age 79, of Flora, IL, passed away on Saturday, October 7, 2017, at Clay County Hospital in Flora.

     John was born January 23, 1938, in rural Richland County, IL, the son of Francis Donald and Theda (McWilliams) Totten.

     John attended Finance School at Ft. Harrison, IN (1960); Officer Candidate School (1966-67) and Officer’s Advanced Course at Ft. Sill, OK (1971-72); and Hartnell College at Lawton, OK (1972-73).  John graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Cameron University in Lawton, OK. 

     He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.  John attended basic training at Ft. Jackson, SC, in 1959, and he was active duty from 1960-62 and 1963-80, during which time he completed tours in Germany, France, Vietnam, and Greece, and was a Field Artillery Instructor at Ft. Knox, KY, from 1977-80.

     John became a Licensed Real Estate Broker from 1980 through 2003.  He enjoyed bird watching, military history, family history, and his family.  John was a member of the Flora American Legion Post #14 and a member of the Flora Postal Retiree Association. 

     John married Roseann Osterman on April 28, 1960, and they later divorced in 1981.  He married Alice Lewis on February 18, 1982, and together they have shared over 35 years of marriage.

     John’s children include: Jennifer Bible of Melbourne, FL; Alison Coble (husband Ronnie) of Greencastle, IN; and Jeremy Totten, Debra Ritchie (husband Harry), Pamela Gogerty, and V. Jill Henderson (husband Dan) all of Flora.   He is also survived by a brother: Pat Totten (wife, the late Linda) of Winder, GA; as well as several nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

     John was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers: Joe, Fred, and Ed Totten.

     A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at Antioch Christian Church, South Higgins Switch Road, Olney, IL.  A graveside service and burial will follow at Olive Branch Cemetery.  A visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora, and at the church on Wednesday from 9-10 a.m.  Military funeral honors will be presented 6 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, and on Wednesday at Olive Branch Cemetery following the funeral service.   Memorial donations are suggested to Antioch Christian Church and will be accepted through the funeral home.


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Richard Claro

October 7th

Sorry Hero to hear of your passing. My mom died in may and 1 month and a week dad passed away Dad was 95 dad was a airman durning ww two The war was the only thing that kept mom and dad apart.They were married 73 years. I will pray for you and your family. Hero. Everytime I see a service member in public I thank them for their service to their country.God bless and keep you save in Gods loving arms.

John and Judy Lusk

October 7th

John was such a nice man who was filled with knowledge. He was always interesting to talk too, and we will miss him. Fly High our friend.

Bud and Linda Lents

October 7th

So sorry for John's passing. He was a true friend and comrade. A real American hero and friend of many. He will be missed by family and friends.

Jerry and Mary Ellis

October 7th

John was a fellow veteran and coworker he will be missed. He always had something interesting to say. Rest in Peace John

Carla Eastberg

October 7th

So sorry for your loss.

Dawn martinez

October 8th

So very sorry aunt Alice and my family for your loss I know in my heart he is not suffering and in a good place right now

Kay Fountain

October 8th

Alice, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of John. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Dan and Jill Henderson

October 8th

I will miss you! Love You.

Ed and Wanda Harrell

October 10th

May God bless and comfort you and your family at this time. Love and prayers.

Walter J. Chaney

October 9th

Thoughts and prayers! Sorry for the loss in your family!

Pamela Kim Gogerty

October 11th

Me and all my children will miss you dearly !!!!! Don't worry we all will take care of mom. You just watch over all of us from Heaven!!!!!! Love you !

Paul Goodart

October 19th

Prayers for the family. I enjoyed my visit with him.



Randy & Lisa Hargis
Nina McVay
John and Judy Lusk
Bud and Linda Lents
Jerry and Mary Ellis
Doug and Marsha Hockman
Greg & Diana Rutland
Walt and Doloris Brewer
Tom and Button Pemberton
June Payne
Larry Frost
Ricky & Becky Payne
Dean and Jill Lewis
Esther Hockman
Myron and Gail Woomer
Sherry Whitehead
Kay Fountain
Norman Phillips
Danny & Jeanie Fender
Jim McGehee
Willie & Marsha Tackitt
Debbie Casell
Kevin & Angie Connell
Bill and Robin Atwood.
Jacquie Young Cooper
Greg & Theresa Smith
Linda and Jerry Judd
Christine and John Harrington
Clifford Harrell
Sharon David
Lowell & Brenda K Showalters
Walter J. Chaney
Mike & Sharon Rinehart
Alan Buck
Larry and Nancy Totten
Alan & Charlotte Hickox
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