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John “Jake” P. Nitz Jr.

January 14, 1928-August 16, 2019

ANDALUSIA — John P. “Jake” Nitz Jr., 91, of Illinois City, passed away Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, at Aledo Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Aledo. Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Andalusia Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.

John was born Jan. 14, 1928, in Andalusia, a son of John P. and Lottie (Bremer) Nitz. He married Mary L. Ewing on Jan. 24, 1948, in Rock Island. Mary passed away March 26, 2010. John worked as a commercial fisherman and owned Jake's Fish and Bait, 2 miles west of Andalusia, with his wife, Mary, until their retirement in 1988. John enjoyed fishing, camping, hunting and spending time with his family.

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Left to cherish his memory are his children, David (Paula) Nitz, Illinois City, Richard Nitz, Galesburg, Karen Dohrn, Denver, Colo., and Sandy (Eugene) Wong, Calif.; sons-in-law, Mike Crane and Gary Nickell; 10 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; special friend, Chris McCalley; beloved pet, Frazier; and many extended family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary; sons, John “Little Jake” Nitz and Doug Nitz; daughters, Vickie Nickell and Rebecca Crane; brother, Raymond Nitz; sisters, Anna Tuttle and Mary Schmidt; and a grandson, Timothy Pietz.

Online condolences may be left for the family at wheelanpressly.com.

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