John C. Mackin Jr., age 95, of Fairview Heights, IL, born on November 2, 1927 in Philadelphia, PA, died on Saturday, January 21, 2023, peacefully at home.
John was a graduate of LaSalle High School (Class of 1945) and LaSalle College (Class of 1951) in Philadelphia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. He interrupted his college education to join the Army and spent fourteen months in Alaska as part of Task Force Frigid as a Surveyor and Administrative Non-Commissioned Officer. In 1954, he married Barbara Schwartz having met her on a blind date set up by his mother who worked with Barbara. They were married for 60 years raising four boys. After moving to the Midwest, he worked as a Chemical and Industrial Equipment Salesman with Oakite Products and Hunter Sales servicing a wide range of businesses in the southern Illinois area. He also worked part time at Union Clothing in Belleville and at Central Hardware in Fairview Heights. While working, he coached his sons in basketball and baseball and on multiple adult softball teams. As a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fairview Heights, IL, he enjoyed cutting grass with the Thursday Crew, working on fish fries, and helping the Men’s Club. He was an avid Cardinals baseball fan and made trips to several cities with his sons and friends to see the team play. After retiring, he worked at Schnucks in Fairview Heights for 26 years till the age of 95. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, cutting his grass, and watching sports.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Gertrude (Sommers) Mackin; wife Barbara M. (Schwartz) Mackin; and two sisters – Phyllis Graham and Gloria Welch.
John is survived by his children, John (Dolores) Mackin III, of Belleville, IL, Thomas (Elizabeth) Mackin of Collinsville, IL, Charles (Pamela) Mackin of Swansea, IL, James (Tonia) Mackin of Belleville, IL; his grandchildren, John (Stasia) Mackin IV, Robert (Borislava) Mackin, Tyler and Benjamin Mackin, Dustin Cartwright, Andrew Dixon, Justin (Megan) Shannon, Connor and Carissa Mackin, Ashlee (Kevin) Schwaegel, Abigail Mackin and Nathanial Mackin; great grandchildren, Korie, Ellie, Liam, Greyson, Blair, Ewan, Corbin and Bianca.
Memorials can be made to the Holy Trinity Capital Campaign or the Men’s Club.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Thursday, January 27, 2023 at Kassly Mortuary, Fairview Heights, IL.
Visitation will continue at Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Friday, January 27, 2023 at 9:30 AM followed by the Funeral Service at 10:30 AM, with Father Jim Nall officiating. Interment will be in Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.
Holy Trinity Capital Campaign or the Men's Club
505 Fountain Parkway, Fairview Heighst IL 62208