John Estes passed away January 30, 2017

John Estes, 82, of Metamora, passed away Monday, January 30, 2017, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. 

He was born Nov. 24, 1934 to Ralph and Agnes (Goff) Estes in Heber Springs, Ark. He married Robin Lou Ross on Jan. 1, 1955 in Heber Springs, Arkansas. She preceded him in death on May 8, 2009. He is also preceded in death by two sisters, Willie Dean Christie and Juanita Estes. 

John is survived by one daughter, Christina (Scott) Walker of East Peoria; one son, John Mark Estes of Normal; one grandson, Nathan Walker of Denver, Colorado.; one sister, Shirley Williams of Heber Springs, Arkansas, and many nieces and nephews.

John worked for Caterpillar Tractor Company for 30 years in janitorial services, retiring in 1992. 

John was a member of Springfield Road Baptist Church in East Peoria where he greeted everyone at the door with a smile. He also enjoyed passing out bulletins to those that attended church. He will be greatly missed by his church family. 

He was also a member of the UAW #974 in East Peoria. 

John was a kind and quiet man who was a hard worker. He enjoyed vegetable gardening, Western movies, and fishing. 

A graveside service will be held in Mt. Olive Cemetery in Heber Springs, Arkansas, Tuesday February 7, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. 

Memorials may be made to Springfield Road Baptist Church in East Peoria, or to OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. 

To view John’s video tribute or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit 

Arrangements are by Olmstead Funeral Home.