John Gatchell Shedd, 90, Rockton, Illinois died at 3:30 p.m., Friday, November 27, 2009 in Highview in the Woodlands after a short illness. \r\r\n\r\r\n Born December 14, 1918 in Rockford, Illinois the son of Ward and Alta (Gatchell) Shedd. Lifelong resident of Rockford, Illinois before moving to Rockton. Married Josephine Gummow on February 12, 1949 in Old Stone Church. John was a mechanical engineer for Barber-Colman for 22 years and for Gilman Engineering for 13 years. John also farmed for 53 years. Veteran of World War II serving in US Army Air Corps, reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel. Member of Second Congregational United Church of Christ in Rockford, Illinois, Masonic Lodge 102 AF&AM, 41/4 Military Organization of Engineers, Winnebago County Farm Bureau having served on the board of directors, former Hononegah High School Board member and former School Board member of Pleasantview Grade School. Graduated from Hononegah High School, Class of ’36 and was senior class president. Graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in mechanical engineering. John enjoyed traveling internationally and in his motor home with his wife and family, taking photos. He enjoyed his years as a private pilot. He loved his family and friends. \r\r\n\r\r\n Survivors include wife Josephine Shedd, Rockton, Illinois; sons John (Sloane) Shedd, Princeton, New Jersey and Mark (Rose) Shedd, Rockton, Illinois; daughter Gayle (Dale) Haab, Roscoe, Illinois; son Gary (Cheryl) Shedd, Rockton, Illinois; seven grandchildren; one great grandchild and brother Bill (Carol) Shedd, Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Robert. \r\r\n\r\r\n Funeral ceremonies will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 1, 2009 in McCorkle Funeral Home, 767 N Blackhawk Blvd, Rockton, Illinois with Reverend Matthew Emery, Second Congregational Church, officiating. Burial in Rockton Township Cemetery, 600 West Street, Rockton, Illinois. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., Monday, November 30 at the funeral home with a Masonic service at 8:45 p.m. \r\r\n\r\r\n Memorials may be given to the John G. Shedd Memorial Fund.