John's middle name was in honor of his Grandfather Neaves.
Residences & events:
Moultrie Co, IL, just west of Bethany. He was a "prosperous farmer" there according to his wife's obituary.
6/5/1917 Moultire Co, IL. John registered for the draft, listing his residence at Sullivan and occupation as truck driver for Hagerman & Harshman, also of Sullivan. He was married but had no children. His physical description by the Registrar was short, medium build, with blue eyes and dark hair.
7/21/1917 The Decatur Review reported the drawing for the draft, John N Vangundy, Sullivan, was number 152.
1919 Following the death of his first wife, he left his 2 year old son in the care of his parents and joined the Air Force. There he decided to make a career of it and retired with the rank of Master Sergeant, having served in both WWII and Korea.
John remarried twice but neither wife wanted his son, Francis, to live with them so Francis was forced to remain with his grandparents until adulthood.
Again, a recollection from Dorisgene Webb:
"I enjoyed Uncle John's visits and Aunt Carrie usually came too, bringing a drink for dad and pop for us kids. Uncle John had a lot of interesting stories about the Army. I aways thought he as an important officer!"
Two different obituaries said his parents were William and Sarah Van
His funeral was held in McMullin Funeral Home in Sullivan on Friday at
1:30 PM. He was buried with his first wife and her family.