Major John Francis Lynn, USMC Retired, 58, passed away at 4:12 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010, in Herrin Hospital.
He was born March 8, 1952, in Chicago, the son of William Francis and Ruth Mary (Meier) Lynn.
John was united in marriage to Patty Durall on May 29, 1976, in Marion, and together they have shared the last 34 years of marriage.
John answered the call of this nation by serving in the U.S. Marine Corps for three years as an enlisted member, and 20 years as an officer, retiring as a major. He served as a tank officer in California and North Carolina and was a foreign area officer in Central and South America.
He was a graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale and, at the present time, served as assistant dean for Administration of SIU School of Law.
John was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marion. He was a member of Illinois State Bar Association and Pro Bono Counsel for Fisher House in Chicago. He was director of the Veterans' Legal Assistance Program at SIU School of Law and spent considerable time working on behalf of local veterans.
He worked with Big Brothers of Georgia, and he was a supporter of the Special Olympics.