John D. ‘Slim’ Treadway

By on April 7, 2011

John D. “Slim” Treadway, 48, of Aurora passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 2, 2011, surrounded by his loved ones after a courageous fight against AML Leukemia. He was born July 31, 1962.

John attended West Aurora High School and had been employed at General Mills for 21 years. He married the love of his life, Linda, on New Year’s Eve of 2006. Together they shared a passion for traveling, gardening, cooking and one another.

John was the proud “Pops” to sons John Jr. and Nicholas. Together they shared a passion for music and nature. They were the apples of his eyes. He was a participant and huge supporter of Relay for Life. He loved reading and playing cribbage. Most of all, he loved humor and was always quick to bring laughter to those around him.

John always expressed such gratitude for all of the love and support given to him, especially from his General Mills family, the doctors, nurses and staff and his guardian Angel Sarah from Rush-University Medical Center.

John is survived his wife, Linda; his sons, John Jr. (Amanda) and Nicholas Treadway; his stepsons, Jonathan Grabow and Matthew (Meghan) Grabow; his loving mother, Marcela Treadway; his siblings, Tammy (Bill) Blake, Donald (Sarah) Treadway and Andrew Treadway; his granddaughters, Emma Rose and Evelyn Grabow; as well as many beloved nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

John was preceded in death by his father, Donald L. Treadway; his nephew, William Blake Jr.; his maternal grandparents, Martha and John Bryan; and paternal grandparents, Gladys and Conrad Treadway.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 9, at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr., Sugar Grove, with Pastor Patricia Kitner officiating. Interment will be at Mazon-Brookside Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 8, at the funeral home.

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