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01:31 AM 14 Jun 2005 NZST
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John Howard Nessa, 61, of Altamont and Du Quoin, Ill. passed away on Friday, June 10, 2005 at the Marshall Browning Hospital in Du Quoin.

Nessa was a Standardbred horse trainer for forty years.

He raced horses at the Chicago race track and at many fairs in Iowa and Illinois. He was a member of the Bethel Lutheran Church in Du Quoin, and a member of the Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association and the U.S. Trotting Association.

He served his country as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, from 1960 to 1964.

He was born July 19, 1943 at Ft. Dodge, Iowa, and was the son of Irvin and Iva (Knutson) Nessa.

He married Noreen Lyons on June 25, 1966 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa and she survives.

He is also survived by a son, Shawn (Angie) Nessa of Du Quoin; a daughter Stacie (John) of Fairfield, Ill.; four grandchildren, Ivy Nessa, Alexa Boyer, A.J. Boyer, and Drew Boyer; three sisters, Marilyn Lempke of Humboldt, Iowa, Karen Hendricks of Webster City, Iowa, and Kathy Maxon of Waseca, Minn.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Doris Bratmiller and Karla Nessa; and one brother, Roger Nessa.

Funeral services will be held at 10.00 am (CDT) on Thursday, June 16 at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Du Quoin, and the Rev. John E. Johnson will officiate.

Friends may call from 5.00 pm until to 8.00 pm this coming Wednesday, at the Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin, and from 9.00 am until 10.00 am this coming Thursday, at the church. Interment will be in the McElvain Cemetery at Du Quoin.

Friends may make memorials to the John Nessa Family Memorial Fund, c/o the horsemen’s bookkeeper at Balmoral Park, 26435 South Dixie Hwy., Crete, IL 60417, or will be accepted at the funeral home.

Courtesy Of The Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association

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