Photo: John/Foddrill/Morris/1940-2021

John Joseph Foddrill, age 81, of Morris, went home to the Lord on November 20, 2021, with loved ones by his side.

He was born October 18, 1940 to the late Marjorie (Sawhill) and John Foddrill in Des Moines, Iowa. He graduated from Des Moines Technical High School, where he met his future wife, Joyce Lee Clark. They were happily married October 4, 1958.

John served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 4.5 years, stationed in Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Hawaii, and Camp Pendleton, CA. He was a Squad Leader in Boot Camp and an Expert rifleman. During his service, he received meritorious promotions to Sergeant. After honorable discharge from the Marines, he and Joyce returned to Des Moines. He persevered as a firefighter/paramedic on a Fire Rescue Squad for seven years. During this time, he completed training as an Air Force Fire Protection Specialist in the U.S. Air National Guard of Iowa.

He also earned an Associate Degree in Electrical Instrumentation. John became employed at Northern Petrochemical Company (LyondellBassel) in Morris in 1968. He dedicated 38 years to his career at the company as an Electrical & Instrumentation Supervisor and Radiation Safety Officer. John was an avid golfer and enjoyed time out on the course with friends. He was also passionate about current events, politics, and reading. In his earlier years, he enjoyed canoeing, camping, and his involvement in the local Shrine Club. With his love of learning, in 1991, he furthered his education in an accelerated Industrial Technology Degree program through Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He will be fondly remembered as a devout patriot and a kind, caring, and giving man. He loved sharing stories of his vast life experiences. Two, of many, valuable lessons he taught his family – to never let anything stand in your way to a happy life and you must persevere to be successful. 

Beloved husband of 60 years to Joyce; loving father of Ken, Joan, Scott, and Debra; proud grandpa of Ashley and Carli.

Preceded in death by his parents, wife Joyce; son Ken; two brothers, Gary and Tom Foddrill; and sister Janice Butterfield.

Contributions in memory of John, can be made to The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center at A private service will be held on December 2, 2021 at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL. Arrangements have been entrusted with U.C. Davis-Callahan Funeral Home, 301 W. Washington