John D. Ditterline, 55, of Equality, passed away at 4:45 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019 at the Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro, as a result of a tragic mine accident.
John was born on Feb. 4, 1963 in Rosiclare, the son of the late John Franklin Ditterline and Mary Lee (Jones) Combs. John married Kimberly A. Miller on Oct. 10, 2012.
He was a private in the U.S. 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 (Chad) Bates of Mount Carmel and Kassie Winters of Harrisburg; two sons, Jayden (Sara) Ditterline of Mount Carmel and Craig Winters of Harrisburg; six sisters, Paula (Dennis) Thaxton of Harrisburg, Belinda Ditterline of Owensboro, Kentucky, Christy (Ronnie) Hughes of Harrisburg, Kathy Ferrell of Harrisburg, Jeanette Stone of Springfield and Sandra Gidcumb of Ohio; one brother, Greg Bates of Harrisburg; and six grandchildren, Mackenzie, Trace, Brielle, Lydia, Audrey and Sydney.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Diana Colboth.
Services will be held at the Vickery Funeral Chapel in Equality. Visitation for John will begin at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9 until the 6 p.m. funeral service time. All of his friends, co-workers and family are invited to say a kind word or share a story of their time with John.
Internet condolences may be made at the website, www.vickeryfuneralchapel.com.