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John Robert Pogliano

WALNUT, Ill. — Mr. John Robert Pogliano Jr., 66, of Walnut, Ill., passed away peacefully Saturday, Feb.9, 2013, at home surrounded by his loving family after a courageous and hard-fought battle with gallbladder cancer.

Born Dec. 30, 1946, in Morris, Ill., John was the son of John Sr. and Darlene (Perry) Pogliano. He attended Coal City High School, graduating with the class of 1965. He married Lana (Watson) Pogliano on May 10, 1969, at Assumption Catholic Church in Coal City.

In 1972, John moved to the Walnut area. He was a life-long farmer and owner-operator of his beloved 1975 Peterbilt, working part time for Northwest Illinois Construction Company.

John was a Farm Bureau member and a member of Teamsters Local #722. In his youth, John was active in 4H, having much success showing Hereford cattle.

John enjoyed playing softball, bowling and snowmobiling. He was an avid Chicago Bears and NASCAR fan. John loved his oldies rock 'n' roll music. He was the owner of a 1979 Chevy 4-by-4 truck, which he proudly showed at area car shows.

John cherished the time he spent with his children and grandchildren.

Survivors include Lana, his devoted wife of 44 years; his son, John III (Marcia) Pogliano; his daughter, Kristin (Jay) Ledergerber, all of Walnut, Ill.; his mother, Darlene Pogliano of Walnut, Ill.; two sisters, Kathy Togliatti of Coal City, Ill., Mary (Steve) Bickett of Chicago, Ill.; eight grandchildren, John IV, Jeremy, Jessica, Jacob, Hunter, Haley, Liana and Paige, all of Walnut, Ill.; numerous nieces and nephews; and his three canine buddies, Sarah, Sandy and Snowy.

He was preceded in death by his father, John Sr.; mother-in-law, Irene Watson; and father-in-law, George Watson.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut, Ill., and one hour prior to the funeral service at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut.

Internment will be at Braceville-Gardner Cemetery in Braceville, Ill.

A memorial has been established in his memory.

Condolences to the family can be shared online at

Garland Funeral Home in Walnut, Ill., is in charge of arrangements.

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