John T. Reid, age 72, of Elgin, IL, passed away on June 4, 2021. He was born May 12, 1949 in Chicago, IL to his loving parents, John P. and Dorothy E. Reid (née Way).

John graduated from Reavis High School in Burbank, IL, Class of 1968, and then joined the United States Marine Corps, where he served honorably and rose to the rank of corporal. During his service, he received a National Defense Service Medal, a Vietnam Service Medal, a Meritorious Unit Citation, and a Good Conduct Medal.

John met his wife, Peggy, in 1999 at the Yellow Rose Diner in Chicago, IL. They married in Hawaii on October 24, 2001.

John worked as a truck driver and was an incredibly proud teamster.

John loved listening to his Cubs, watching John Wayne movies, and working on “His” 1957 Chevy with his bff, Rob. Life with him was never boring; he loved roller coasters and jumping off battleships!

John was one of the most unintentionally hilarious people ever known. He was a gatherer of people, and touched more hearts than one can imagine. He liked simple pleasures … give him his honey for biscuits and gravy, peanut butter, and burnt hot dogs, and he was a happy camper.

John was a proud disabled Vietnam War veteran, and a long time volunteer at the Jesse Brown VA. He loved his country, his God and his family. But most of all, he loved the United States Marine Corps … Semper Fi!

John was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Diane Parent; and niece, Stacey Weed. He is survived by his first wife, Sandy Reid (née Doyle); second wife, Peggy Reid (née Mulkerrin); children, John R. Reid, Kristyne Reid, and Patricia Robertson; brother, Robert M. Reid; grandchildren, Rory Robertson and Sebastian Reid; and nieces and nephews, Michael Combs, Claudia Combs, Mallory Heart, and Michael Reid.

Visitation will be 5:00pm to 9:00pm, Thursday, June 10, 2021, with funeral service at 7:00pm, at Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park Street, Elgin, IL 60120. Rev. Tim Perry will be officiating.

Mourners are encouraged to review the funeral home COVID-19 public health policies ahead of time.

To access the visitation remotely, loved ones are encouraged to log on safe from home via (Meeting ID: 916 8513 2588, Password: 607938).

Interment will take place at 10:30am, Friday, June 11, 2021 at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, 20953 W. Hoff Road, Elwood, IL 60421.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in John’s name to the Vietnam Veterans of America.

Final arrangements entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home.  For more information, call 847-741-1128 or visit

6 Replies to “John T. Reid”

  1. My brother, my best friend . You will always be in my thoughts. I can’t put into words how much I love you and how much I will miss you.

  2. I lost a good friend the day you left this world. You always put a smile on my face and never disappointed me. We always enjoyeach each other when we got together which wasn’t often enough. I will miss you my friend. GOD BLESS YOU. Semper Fi

  3. John you will be greatly missed, I always enjoyed our lunches and time together at work. It was always fun defending you! May you rest in peace and the perpetual light always shine bright on you. May God Bless you and your family, semper fi brother.

  4. My sweet cousin Jay,
    You gave me the best gift I ever received in my life; taking me to my son’s graduation from Naval Station Great Lakes. You and your wife Peggy then hosted us both to a wonderful home cooked meal. You’d be proud to know that my son is still in active duty and has made Chief. I love you Jay and always will. I’m deeply saddened by your passing.

  5. “J” I want to thank you for all the work and hours you dedicated in serving your fellow Veterans. You are truly an honored man and I was honored to have worked with you all these years. I loved every moment and will never forget how you inspire me to be a better husband to my wife and father to my kids. Words cannot express the grief I’m feeling with your departure and I will truly miss you. This is not a goodbye but a see you later my friend.

  6. I know how you feel Bobby. I lost my brother George on his birthday August the 11th 2006. I still see his face every day. I don’t remember a lot about Jay except he was a little devil. I do remember Jay coming all the way to California for his celebration of life. George wanted to say god bye before he passed. He was so pleased when Jay walked up to the door. Jay’s funeral service was over the top beautiful. A tribute to a man who was very wealthy with friends and family. I am so happy the I was able to get Uncle Don and Uncle Bob on their phones to see the ceremony. RIP cousin John T Reid.

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