John H. South

Born: Mon., Oct. 27, 1952
Died: Sat., Oct. 6, 2018

Family to do services at later date


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., Oct. 11, 2018
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

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John Harold South, 65 passed away peacefully with the presence of his family on Saturday, October 6, 2018, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Illinois. John was a fiery red-headed Scotsman who loved his family, his community, his church, his animals and blonde ladies with long legs. He would sit and pour a cup of coffee for anyone who needed to talk. His dining room table holds over 30 years of secrets and stories. He got his last laugh while watching all of his children, and those whose secrets he held, taking a shot of Wild Turkey in his honor.

John was born on October 27, 1952, in the tiny town of Clarinda, Iowa. His father, Harold South and his mother, Mary (Greenwood) South preceded him in death. He was known around town for being a red-headed farm boy. He played high school football, sang in the choir and together with his brothers, tormented their only sister. He worked hard, played harder and was able to capture the fancy of many beautiful ladies.

John proudly served his country as an Officer in the United States Army for longer than two decades. He went on several foreign tours and countless tours on American soil. He was a proud American, and there is not one thing Uncle Sam asked of him that he did not willingly and proudly oblige. If he was not singing an old Army song, he was dancing and singing to Molly Hatchet.

John left a long legacy of family behind him. His only son married the first girl he ever loved. Jacob and Amanda (Daniels) South made him a proud grandpa for the first time, with Samanda. Raven, a first grandson, followed a few years later. His oldest daughter, Katie (South) Nicoloff also married the first boy she ever loved, Adam Nicoloff. She has three rough-and-tumble boys, Auggie, Elliot and Tucker. And finally, in no big surprise, his youngest baby, Ashley (South) Dale followed suit and she married the first boy she ever loved, the boy next door, Jonathan Dale. They have three of John’s grandbabies as well: Frankie, Moss (who has his Grandpa’s fiery red hair) and Ulysses.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Harold South and Mary (Greenwood) South, his baby sister, Jane (South) Andrew, and his two beautiful grand-daughters, Salem Mary Grace and Halo Leora Kay.

John’s offspring would like to give friends and family a chance to come and salute the “Colonel” as he was called lovingly by so many. There will be a visitation to come and bid adieu on Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 5pm-7pm at Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield. He will be cremated and laid to rest next to his mamma and daddy back in his homeland, Iowa.  Online condolences may be left to the family at  Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in John's memory to the following organization:

Wounded Warrior Project
P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675

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Steve Christensen
   Posted Mon October 08, 2018
Rest In Peace John from a fellow South Page Rebel from the class of '70.

Tasha Voga
   Posted Mon October 08, 2018
John never failed to bring a smile to my face, and I enjoyed joking around with him. He had a huge heart and if he liked you-you knew it, and were blessed at that. He would do anything for you. Our sincerest and heartfelt sympathies to his sweet family. 💔

Don South
   Posted Tue October 09, 2018

RAY OF SUNSHINE was sent by Don South.

There was only one JOHN HAROLD SOUTH!!! God Speed Cousin. With all respect and fondness. Larry South, Colorado Springs, Colorado DonSouth, Custer, South Dakota Ginny Lammert, Pulaski, Iowa

   Posted Wed October 10, 2018
Ill never forget our many breakfast together and talks every day.He was a crazy man that always knew what to say or what to do,always could make me laugh.I thought alot of him,he was the strongest man I've ever knew.i will always be here for his family and keep an eye on them,because he did for me.Ty Mr South.<3

Nancy M Boyd
   Posted Thu October 11, 2018
Rest in Peace Cousin, God's speed on your journey home. Prayers of peace and comfort for your family left to mourn your passing.

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