John Delbert Black, 90, of Monticello, IL passed away on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at the Piatt County Nursing Home in Monticello, IL.  

John was born on June 30, 1929, in Cowden Illinois, the son of Arthur and Onia Mae (Wallace) Black. He married Challys Beck on March 31, 1956.

He is survived by his wife, Challys; two daughters: Kathryn Pfiester (Mike) of Monticello and Kimberly Black (Bruce Carothers) of Ludlow; three grandchildren: Chelsea Ehrhardt (David) of Monticello, Elizabeth Pfiester (John Rowley) of Cheltenham, England and Cassie (Drew) Kenton of Villa Grove; three sisters: Lillie Gregg, Joanna Petty and LaVerne Kline.

He was proceeded in death by his parents, three half-brothers, two half-sisters and siblings: Leah, Nadean, George, Thomas and Leslie.

John served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a member of Painters Local 363 and retired from the University of Illinois. He enjoyed nature, fishing and wood working. He especially cherished time spent with family and friends.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Oak Grove Cemetery in Cowden, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in John’s name directly to, an organization that advocates for Type 1 diabetics around the world. Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Cowden is assisting the family.

Family and friends are invited to light a candle or share a story in John’s honor at