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John Adden, 89, of Rockford, passed away peacefully in his home on Thursday, March 15, 2018. He was born October 28, 1928, in Rockford, IL, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joel Adden. Served in the Navy Reserves and in his senior year of high school he enlisted in the U.S. Marines. He married Arlene Carlson on October 1, 1948 at Zion Lutheran Church and they celebrated 69 years of marriage. John was employed at the Rockford U.S. Post Office for 43 years as a letter carrier and worked at Bob's Hardware part-time for 27 years. The summer months were spent at their "playhouse" in Lake Delton, WI, for 31 years. John was a member of Christ United Methodist Church of Rockford. Together they raised four children and in 1976 they lost their youngest son, Kerry, to a tragic death. They then became co-chairmen of "Bereaved Parents" and "Voice of Victims".
John is survived by his wife, Arlene; sons, Steven (Kris) Adden of McCormick, SC, and Bradley (Janice) Adden of Yardley, PA; daughter, Heidi (Todd) Gee of Loves Park, IL; grandchildren, Jamie (Patrick) Hand, Nicole, Julia, Sarah, Patrick, and Ryan Adden, Abbie Bradford, and AJ Gee; and great-grandchildren, Blake, Molly, and Reagan Hand. Predeceased by son, Kerry Adden. The family would like to thank OSF Hospice for their support and loving care.
Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Christ United Methodist Church, 4509 Highcrest Rd., Rockford. Visitation from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service in the church. In lieu of flowers a memorial may be made to Christ United Methodist Church.

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  1. Roseanne and Dick Selby

    Arlene, Steve, kris and family. Feel as if we know John and sorry for loss and happy he is with OurLord and son Kerry. You both have been in morning prayers. God bless. TheSelbys

  2. Dale Holmgren

    Kerry was one of three of my friends in childhood, along with Brian and Ed, and we all hung out together, playing football, riding bikes, hitting fungos, playing with Kerry's toy soldiers. Whenever I'd go to the Adden house, there was muscled Steve and Bradley and cute little Heidi, and the sweetest, warmest parents, John and Arlene. It was an All-American family better than anything Hollywood could dream up, and I was happy to go into that little house on Parmele and experience a little of it. When Kerry was brutally murdered, Brian and I met the next day at a gas station he was working at across from National Lock and pondered the senselessness of it all for hours. Not Kerry. Not Kerry. I expected John to be distraught at the funeral. Amazingly, he warmly greeted Brian and I, and chatted with us, remembering our youthful friendship. From that day forward, it was embedded in my mind his strength in that heartrending moment, and was able to tell him that in 2013 in my last visit to Rockford. I'm glad I seized the moment. Rest in Peace, John. I'm sure Jesus is telling you, "well done".

  3. Beth Girard-Phillips

    I have very fond memories of your father. He was such a good man. It puts a big smile on my face to remember playing spoons on your living room floor with everyone gathered around (and you and Jan cheating all the time) Love to you all.

  4. Stephanie Barisa

    We moved to Rockford in 1987 right next door to John and Arlene. I grew up with them and he was the sweetest neighbor to us.

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