John F. Engelmeyer

Aug 26, 1934 - Jan 06, 2022

John F. Engelmeyer

August 26, 1934 - January 06, 2022


John F. Engelmeyer, age 87, of Quincy, died Thursday, January 6, 2022, at 6:23 pm in his home.

John was born August 26, 1934, in Quincy, Illinois, the son of Joseph Bernard and Florence (Schroeder) Engelmeyer. He married Armenia E. "Mimi" Venditti on August 25, 1956, in Ilasco, Missouri.

John is survived by four children, Greg Engelmeyer of Pittsburgh, PA, (Jen Celli, Mark Engelmeyer,) Ann Engelmeyer (David) Ipsen of Broomfield, CO, (Todd (Emily) Ipsen, ), John A. Engelmeyer of Canton, MO, (Amy) , (Katie Engelmeyer, Luke (Carley) Engelmeyer, Joey Engelmeyer), Mark (Stacey Miller) Engelmeyer of Daphne, AL; (Kylie Engelmeyer, Nicole Engelmeyer) eight grandchildren, sister, Jean McKinney of Burlington, IA; brother, Paul Engelmeyer of Keokuk, IA; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, John was preceded his parents; grandson, Jeff Ipsen; daughter-in-law, Diana Engelmeyer; sister, Arlene Futrell; Joe and Jim Engelmeyer.

John attended St. Boniface Catholic School, Quincy Notre Dame High School and Quincy College, graduating in 1956 with a BS in chemistry and a minor in math. He began his teaching career of 34 years, in Teutopolis, Il, teaching high school chemistry and math. Two years later, with his wife Mimi, and first son, Greg in tow, the family returned to John's roots in Quincy where he continued his teaching career at Quincy Senior High School that lasted 32 years from 1958 to 1990. In 1967-68, John attended Wayne State University, moving his family to Detroit, MI, for one year, where he completed a master's degree in chemistry.

John loved his students, and took their education seriously, often staying after school to help a student with a particularly challenging chemistry problem or experiment. Many future doctors, nurses, chemists, and engineers would come up to John in his later years, thanking him for how well he had prepared them for college.

While teaching was John's first love, he never shied away from helping out and taking a lead role when the job called for it. He is remembered as one of the "founding fathers" of the nationally recognized Quincy Conference, a leading symposium for educators from around the state and beyond, that was first held in 1972 and continues in Quincy to this day. That same year, John was named the Quincy Senior High School Teacher of the Year. John later was to become director of the PIE school, Project to Individualize Education, one of the schools that made up the Education By Choice (EBC) program at Quincy Senior High beginning in 1974. John served in other volunteer capacities throughout his teaching career, including student teacher coordinator, special science teacher for St. Mary's school, CCD instructor, and QHS union rep, as he was known to be "outspoken" at times during his teaching career. John also served as assistant basketball coach for Sherrill Hanks on the 1962 Blue Devil Basketball team that finished 3rd in the state, earning him a spot in the QHS Sports Hall of Fame.

In addition to the many education-related positions John held in his teaching career, he also 'moonlighted" with many different second jobs during that time to feed his growing family. John worked as a cookie salesman for Nabisco, a shoe salesman for Bowman's Shoes, a chemist with Moorman Manufacturing in the protein lab, and finally as a real estate salesman for Awerkamp & Hays Century 21 from 1985-2007, including 17 years after he retired from teaching. John excelled at every job he ever tackled, as evidenced by his addition to the Century 21 One Million Dollar Sales Club in 1990.

John had many interests outside of school. He was an original member of what began as a teachers poker club, that lasted from 1963 - 2019, once a month for 56 years! His son, John, became a special addition to the club when he joined the monthly game for the last several years of its existence. He also enjoyed fishing for walleye at Meyer Dam on the Mississippi River, passing on his love for fishing to all 4 of his children. John became an avid follower of the University of Illinois Fighting Illini, even traveling to the Rose Bowl in 2008 with Greg. Later in life, John took up golf and continued playing cards, including what was estimated to be at least 12,000 games of gin!

John Engelmeyer will be remembered as a devoted father, husband, grandfather, teacher, and friend. As a member of St. Francis Parish, John was devoted to his faith and previously served as a lectern at St. Mary's Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus.

A private family service will be held at St. Francis Solanus Catholic Church with Fr. David Beagles officiating.

Burial: Calvary Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois

A celebration of John's life will be held on Saturday, May 7, location TBD.

Memorial donations may be made to Quincy Public Schools Foundation (Science Programs), Alzheimer's Association or St. Francis Solanus Catholic Church. Memorial Donations may be made online at

Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.

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