John "Jack” Scroggin, 91, of Mt. Pulaski passed away December 6, 2018 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.
Funeral services will be on Monday December 10th at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Mt. Pulaski, IL, with visitation one hour prior to the 11:00 AM service, with Mark Weber officiating. Burial will follow the service at Steenburgen Cemetery, Mt. Pulaski, IL.
Jack was born December 22, 1926 in Lincoln, IL, the son of Wesley A. and Helene E. (Shrader) Scroggin. He married his life-long friend and companion Joyce Baker on August 15, 1948. After serving in the US Army during World War II, he attended the University of Illinois and graduated with honors in 1950, majoring in accounting and agronomy. He also played in the marching Illini Band.
After college, Jack returned to the family Seed business. He started out as a farm kid and ultimately became a Seed Industry Leader and the President of Bo-Jac Seed Company, which was founded by his father Wesley. He loved the challenges of the seed Industry and gave back in numerous ways including serving as President of the Illinois Seed Dealers Association, serving on US Congressman Robert H. Michel’s Ag Advisory Council and as a Director of the US Feed Grains Council. He traveled throughout the United States representing the US Feed Grains Council.
Prior to his retirement, he served several terms; as a Deacon and Trustee at the Mt. Pulaski Christian Church, as a School Board member and on community Boards of Directors.
Jack and Joyce loved attending Illinois football games, family get togethers, wintering in North Port, FL and traveling the world. Their trips took them to the far corners of the world including sailing down the Yangtze River in China, visiting the Taj Mahal in India to facing down a rhino while on an African Safari. No adventure was off limits to them.
He is survived by his wife Joyce, daughter Pamela (Gary) Cooper, Lincoln, IL, son Tim (Karen) Scroggin, grandchildren Chad (Janette) Cooper, Heth (Sarah) Cooper all of Mt. Pulaski, Kyle (Jenny) Scroggin, Sherman, IL and Briana (Justin) Davsko, Chatham, IL and eight great grandchildren, Olivia, Kenneth, Audrey, Elliot, Maddox, Wyatt, John and Leo. Jack and Joyce celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this past summer.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother.
Memorials in Jack’s honor may be made to The Mt. Pulaski Christian Church.