John D. “Shine” Saric, 94 of Gillespie, died at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, at 11:00 p.m. He was born June 25, 1926, in Sawyerville to Mike Saric and Anna (Yurkovich) Saric. He married Nettie (Fisher) Saric on July 29, 1950, in Arkansas.
He was a retired guard for A.O. Smith and a custodian for Community Unit District 7. John was a graduate of Benld High School Class of 1944. He played in the baseball minor league in 1949. John was a veteran of US Army after having served during WWII. He was a member of the Croatian Fraternal Union Lodge 217 and the VFW Post 4547. Shine was an avid sports fan. He was an umpire and referee for 50 years.
He is survived by his spouse, Nettie Saric of Gillespie; children, Karen A. (Reg) Colbrook of The Villages, FL and John F. Saric of Collinsville; grandson, Craig W. (Caitlin) Colbrook; great-grandchildren, Amelia, Theodore, and Nathaniel; and sisters, Rose Hemphill and Catherine (Joe) Constantino.
John was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Sam Saric and Mike Saric; and sisters, Mary Orr and Darlene Saric.
Private services will be held. Memorials are suggested to Gillespie – Benld Area Ambulance Service or Gillespie Cemetery. Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie, IL is in charge of the arrangements.