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John B Pilger

May 12, 1937 ~ February 7, 2022 (age 84)


John “Jack” B. Pilger III died peacefully with his family at his side following a long, brave battle with
Parkinson’s Disease. Jack was born in Trenton, New Jersey to John and Louise Pilger. He attended
Hamilton High School where he excelled in Athletics. He attended Trenton Community College prior to
receiving a full athletic scholarship to University of Idaho. He quickly realized he was a “Jersey” guy and
transferred to Rider University where he was a varsity letterman in both basketball and baseball. Jack
was voted top male athlete his senior year. Jack was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He
graduated in June of 1961 with a degree in business. Soon after graduation he enlisted in the Army
reserves. Following his service, he began a long career in sales with United States Steel Corporation and
ended his career with American Grinding Corporation. During his retirement Jack remained active,
playing in a softball league and golfing. He enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family.

Jack was proceeded in death by his parents, his sister Carol (Pilger) Constant, his first wife, Barbara
(Baus) PIlger and his second wife, Marlene (Gran) Pilger.

Jack is survived by his daughter, Dana Nelson, his granddaughters Meaghan, Maddie and Abbey Nelson.
His brother in law, Bruce Constant, nieces Alison and Heather and nephew Chase and cousin Patricia. His
step daughters, Rona (Scott) Israelson, Cheryl (Steven) Cloh and Julie (David) Maeir. His step-
grandchildren, Jenna, Stephanie, Jacob, Hannah, Rachel, Rebekah, and Eliana.

In lieu of Flowers, donations may be made to Shirley Ryan Abilitylab Parkinson’s Disease Movement and Disorder Program

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Memorial Gathering
February 20, 2022

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Leonard Memorial Home
565 Duane St.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

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