Jack Alan Broughton, 63, of Cherry Valley, IL, died at 7:31 p.m., Sunday, May 27, 2018 in Swedish American Hospital followed by a courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family.\r\n\r\nBorn October 21, 1954 in Rockford, IL, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil and Joyce (Lindquist) Broughton. Graduated from Lutheran High School, Class of 1972 and from Northern IL University with a BS in Journalism. Married the former Ann L. Whitchurch in Rockford, IL on December 9, 1978. He was employed as a marketing director by Applied Ecological Services for over 20 years and was involved with prairie and wetland conservation. His work was an expression of his love for God’s great creation. He was a member of Heartland Community Church and was a small group leader for many years. Jack was a former Chicago Wilderness Society board member and volunteered with Big Brothers. Jack was a dedicated family man, he coached his kid’s little league in Durand for many years. His joy was found in spending times with his family and friends playing cards, watching a game, or walking in the woods. Jack was a great man of faith. His love for Christ was evident in the love he showed to others. He cherished his wife, was dedicated to his children, and was adored by his grandchildren.\r\n\r\nSurvivors include his wife Ann Broughton, Cherry Valley, IL; son Nicholas (Sylvia) Broughton, Woodstock, IL; daughter Bethany (Todd) Knight, Winnebago, IL; son Nathaniel (Bethany) Broughton, Minneapolis, MN; grandchildren Ian, Elly, Julia, Layne, Lincoln, Harper and Juliet; mother Joyce Broughton; sisters Jan (Dan) Gilbert and Jill (Al) Rodenbeck and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father.\r\n\r\nFuneral ceremonies will be held at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, May 31, 2018 in Heartland Community Church, 1280 S Alpine Road, Rockford, IL with Pastor Josh Peigh officiating. Burial will be in Durand Township Cemetery, Durand, IL. A visitation will be held at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of ceremonies Thursday. \r\n\r\nA memorial will be established.