John Wunderlich

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John David Wunderlich, 58, of Belleville, IL, born February 10, 1964, in Belleville, IL, died Saturday, December 31, 2022, in Belleville, IL.

John was a 1982 graduate of Belleville Township High School East. He received a marketing degree from McKendree University, and later earned a master’s degree in management from Webster University.  John was very involved with the Belleville Chamber of Commerce and was a long-time volunteer for Art on the Square.  John loved NASCAR and enjoyed watching football. He loved the beach and visited Florida whenever he could. He was always willing to help a friend in need.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert Russell and Emma Lee, nee Triefenbach, Wunderlich; and a brother, Albert L. Wunderlich.

Surviving are a brother and a sister, Mark (Rita) Wunderlich and Mary Ann (Jim) Rafferty; a sister-in-law, Yvonne Wunderlich; seven nieces and nephews, Carrie (Justin) Brown, James (Annie) Rafferty, Matthew (Shelley) Wunderlich, Michael Wunderlich, Rachel (Matt) Hausmann, Brian Rafferty, and Michael O’Brien; and seven great-nieces and great-nephews, Nicholas and Ella Brown, Aubrey and Brayden Rafferty, Thomas and Emma Wunderlich, and Mila Hausmann.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Concordia United Church of Christ, Belleville, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, January 13, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 14, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Rev. William Groennert officiating.

Private burial will be at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, IL.


25 Comments on John Wunderlich

Scott Strayer said : Guest Report Jan 13, 2023 at 6:15 PM

Was saddened and shocked to hear that John passed away. He was an amazing friend and neighbor. I will never forget his kindness and generosity. Prayers and thoughts to your family.

  • Richmond
  • VA
Lisa Adams said : Guest Report Jan 13, 2023 at 2:12 PM

I want to express my deepest sympathy to the family of John - he was a gem, a good friend and simply fun to be around. I had the good fortune to meet John through the chamber and many other organizations over the years. I am so very sorry for you all and will miss seeing John so much.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Peggy Burke said : Guest Report Jan 13, 2023 at 12:22 PM

I was so very sorry to learn of John's passing. So glad we had the opportunity to catch up this fall when we ran into each other in the grocery store. Never imagined it would our last conversation. Scott and I send our sincere sympathy to John's family.

  • IL
Frank and Judy Wojcik said : Guest Report Jan 13, 2023 at 4:43 AM

To the Wunderlich and Rafferty families: We send you our deepest sympathy in your grief over the death of your youngest brother John. Wishing you peace.

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Tom OConnor said : Guest Report Jan 12, 2023 at 3:37 PM

My condolences to the Wunderlich family. I was fortunate to meet Wundy at McKendree and join the BSers fraternity and have been friends since for 37 years. I always knew we were getting close to the holidays as John's Christmas card was always the first to arrive. Wundy will be missed and was a kind soul that is gone too soon.

  • Divide
  • CO
Nancy Maggard said : Guest Report Jan 11, 2023 at 7:16 PM

Sincerest sympathy to all the family. I remember fondly giving John a tour of Eastern Illinois University and was happy that he enjoyed his college experience. John saw positives in all opportunities and shared caring smiles towards all. My prayers to the family and best wishes for peace in loving memories.

  • Sarasota
  • FL
Mary Barbara Kurtz said : Guest Report Jan 11, 2023 at 9:33 AM

To John's Family... This truly breaks my heart. John was such a nice guy and he always had a smile on his face whenever I ran into him. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Rest In Peace John.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Mary, Steve, and Kelly Pyeatt said : Guest Report Jan 10, 2023 at 8:08 PM

It broke are hearts to hear of the passing of John. He was a wonderful man with a kind heart willing to do anything for anyone no matter the circumstances. We will miss this precious soul immensely. RIP my dear friend.

  • O'Fallon
  • IL
Kerry D said : Guest Report Jan 10, 2023 at 4:18 PM

I worked with John at Anheuser-Busch years ago. We were all young and starting our careers after college. He was a fun, outgoing and kind person. You will be missed.

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Peggy said : Guest Report Jan 10, 2023 at 1:21 PM

My jaw dropped when I saw this notice. John was a very caring person. I'm truly sorry, for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Wunderlich family. RIP John!!!

  • Belleville
  • IL
Staci Henschen said : Guest Report Jan 10, 2023 at 1:00 PM

I'm so sorry for your family's lose. John and I grew up together in St. Paul's UCC and went to HS together. He was a wonderful and thoughtful person. I never saw him without a smile on his face. Even though we only ran into one another occasionally in later years, we always reconnected as friends. He will be missed, but remembered fondly. My prayers are with your entire family. I know his family meant the world to him. God bless you during this time.

  • Paducah
  • Kentucky
Kim Taaffe said : Guest Report Jan 10, 2023 at 9:53 AM

So very sad for you all. Thoughts and prayers for your family.

  • Columbia
  • IL
Joan Mier said : Guest Report Jan 10, 2023 at 9:51 AM

Our deepest sympathy from all the members of Concordia United Church of Christ. John had such a good heart; I remember well him spending time with his mother, Emma Lee after Al's passing. We will keep the whole family in our deepest prayers.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Karen Denton Tucker said : Guest Report Jan 10, 2023 at 9:21 AM

I am heartbroken to learn of John's passing. We lived next door to John when we were stationed at Scott AFB. We had my daughter Denton's birthday party at his pool several times - he was the master of entertainment. My kids referred to him as My John. Praying for comfort and peace.

  • Camden
  • SC
Tom Calhoun said : Guest Report Jan 10, 2023 at 8:41 AM

So sorry to learn of John's passing. He was a special person and great sports fan. He opened his home to Gateway Grizzlies players as a host for many years. I know the Grizzlies organization really appreciated John's efforts. I always enjoyed my time with him. Rest well John!

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois said : Guest Report Jan 10, 2023 at 7:20 AM

We are so sorry for the very sad news of John’s passing and will keep all of the Rafferty‘s in our prayers.

  • Swansea
  • Il
Bonnie Schaefer said : Guest Report Jan 10, 2023 at 5:39 AM

Hugs & prayers to John s family at this difficult time. I will miss him during baseball season at Busch! He was one of the most fun-loving, interesting & most generous people I knew! 🌟

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Frank Blacharczyk said : Guest Report Jan 09, 2023 at 8:02 PM

I have known John for years - he was a very generous man and was willing to help out anyone - including my sons. He will be missed.

  • O’fallon
  • Illinois
Debbie Lippert said : Guest Report Jan 09, 2023 at 7:56 PM

Oh, I am so sorry for your loss! I have fond memories of John!

  • OFallon
  • IL
Julie Pointer said : Guest Report Jan 09, 2023 at 7:06 PM

My heartfelt condolences to John’s family and friends. John was a kind, good hearted man and he will be missed.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Therese McKenzie said : Guest Report Jan 09, 2023 at 6:11 PM

John was a sweet and kind gentleman. My heart goes out to Mary Ann and Mark, their spouses, children and grandchildren.

  • Madison
  • WI
Robert Kavran said : Guest Report Jan 09, 2023 at 5:47 PM

John was one of the nicest and kindest people I met. And I was happy to call him a friend. He also was one of the first to go out of his way to help me at the BND years ago. He will be truly missed. Rest easy my friend. My prayers go out to the family and friends who will always remember him.

  • Ofallon
  • IL
Linda and Bob DeBoer said : Guest Report Jan 09, 2023 at 4:36 PM

We are so sorry for the loss of John. Looking back at our memories of the youth group at St Paul, some of our best moments involve John’s cheerful personality and impish sense of humor. He will be greatly missed.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Frank Blacharczyk said : Guest Report Jan 09, 2023 at 3:52 PM

I have known John for a long time as a caring and giving person. He helped so many people out during his short life, including my sons. He will be greatly missed. RIP John!

  • O'Fallon
  • Illinois
Ann Bollone said : Guest Report Jan 09, 2023 at 3:13 PM

John was one for the most giving person. His home was always open to anyone who need a nights stay or even for months. His kind heart and sweet smile will always be remembered. Love you John.

  • Carmel

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