John Ditterline

Born: Mon., Feb. 4, 1963
Died: Sat., Jan. 5, 2019


3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Wed., Jan. 09, 2019
Location: Equality Location

Funeral Service

6:00 PM Wed., Jan. 09, 2019
Location: Equality Location

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John D. Ditterline, 55, of Equality, Ill., passed away on Saturday, January 5, 2019, 4:45 a.m. at the Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro as a result of a tragic mine accident. John was born on February 4, 1963 in Rosiclare, the son of the late John Franklin Ditterline and Mary Lee (Jones) Combs. John married Kimberly A. Miller on October 10, 2012. He was a private in the US Army 46th Engineer Battalion, Company A and served his country from 1981-1985. He was a beloved husband, father and grandfather. John worked in the coal mines almost all of his adult life. He took pride in being a coal miner, and through all of his years of experience, he tried his best to mentor the younger generation of coal miners. He enjoyed deer and mushroom hunting. He enjoyed working on many different projects in his garage. He loved spending his time on the Ohio River and with his river family at Saline Landing. He was a person everyone enjoyed to be around, he was always able to put a smile on the faces of those around him. John is survived by his loving wife, Kim Ditterline of Equality; two daughters, Kesha and Chad Bates of Mount Carmel, Kassie Winters of Harrisburg; two sons, Jayden and Sara Ditterline of Mount Carmel, Craig Winters of Harrisburg; six sisters, Paula and Dennis Thaxton of Harrisburg, Belinda Ditterline of Owensboro, Ky., Christy and Ronnie Hughes of Harrisburg, Kathy Ferrell of Harrisburg, Jeanette Stone of Springfield; Sandra Gidcumb of Ohio; one brother, Greg Bates of Harrisburg; six grandchildren, Mackenzie, Trace, Brielle, Lydia, Audrey, and Sydney. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Diana Colboth. There will be a visitation for John on Wednesday, January 9th from 3 p.m. until funeral service time at 6 p.m. with in which all of his friends, co-workers and family are invited to say a kind word or share a story of their time with John. Services will be at the Vickery Funeral Chapel in Equality. Internet condolences may be made at the website, .

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Russell Powell
   Posted Mon January 07, 2019
Words cannot express how sad I was to learn of the passing of my old Buddy JOHN. I immediately began to reminisce about the many days and nights he Merle Hancock and I spent together. These are memories that I will treasure always.If you were Johns friend you were his friend forever. I will never forget that big grin. God bless you my friend.

Eloise Millspaugh
   Posted Tue January 08, 2019
So sorry for the loss of this great miner ,my condolences to all of his family

Ben Bramlet
   Posted Wed January 09, 2019
I worked with John some years back. He was a pleasure to work with. He was fine man. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Judy Willis
   Posted Wed January 09, 2019
I am keeping you in my prayers during this time of celebration of life. I know John enjoyed life. I loved how excited he would get about things.

Kim, I’m so glad you both found each other.

Mike Carnes
   Posted Wed January 09, 2019
I worked with John at Willow Lake, working along side him as a fellow co-worker or under him as my boss he was always a pleasure to be around. He was truly a good man and my friend and he will be sadly missed.

Matthew Vaughan
   Posted Wed January 09, 2019
RIP John. You were a great man always a great coworker/guy/friend to be around and work with or just hang out with. So sorry about the tragedy, and I couldn't make it because I'm just now getting off work. Always think about you and the good times we had working together brother. Forever and always RIP my friend and we will meet again someday. Much love and respect for your family.

Jack Blackburn, HHS Counselor
   Posted Thu January 10, 2019
To Family: I was very sorry to hear about John Today! I remember John as he was one of my students at HHS! I grew up in a coal mining town in w. Ky. with my family working at mines so i understand their life!

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