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John "Jack" Sames

March 16, 1941 ~ March 19, 2021 (age 80)


John “Jack” Sames, 80, of East Peoria, IL, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 19, 2021, at his residence.

Jack was born on March 16, 1941, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the son of John and Mary Hayes Sames Sr. He married Maureen Moran on June 19, 1965, in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Surviving are his wife, one son Mark Sames both of East Peoria, grandchildren:  Kevin Sames, Metamora, Kiersten (Matthew) Eades; two great-grandchildren: Lucas W. Eades and Alexander M. Eades, and numerous nieces and nephews. Also surviving are one brother James (Joanne) Sames, Chicopee, Massachusetts; one sister Trixi (Malcolm), Twigg, Birmingham, England.  He was preceded in death by his parents and four sisters.  Gladys Little, Dorothy Culbertson, Annie Smith, and Olive Rhodes.

Jack was a U.S. Air Force Veteran serving during the Vietnam Conflict. He worked for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company for 30 years, retiring as the Peoria agency's office manager in 1988. Jack was known for his sense of humor and his “Jack Jokes” at the office.

Jack loved anything aeronautical and earned his private pilot's license. He was enthusiastic about flying small planes and obtained advanced certificates. 

At Jack’s request, cremation rites will be accorded.  A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.  Memorials in Jack’s name may be given to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  Mason-White Funeral Home in Washington is assisting with cremation arrangements.  To share a memory or send a condolence to his family, visit

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