John Dappert was born in a farmhouse near Shumway, Illinois July 19, 1943. Six months after he was born, his family moved to a rented farm at Bone Gap, Illinois. Seven years later, his address became Jewett, Illinois, close to the small town of Hidalgo.
The experience of living in rural areas strongly affected John, shaping his thougts and career choices in life. From toy farming a stalk of corn or beans near the back step of each house in which he lived to helping his parents and his wife's parents in their fields, he has always farmed in some manner, even while holding other means of employment to provide living expenses.
John graduated with a BS in ED from Eastern Illinois University at Charleston, Illinois in 1965. He worked his way through school by driving a milk can route on weekends and summers, slinging 120 pound cans of milk on the truck at dairys, and unloading them at Prarie Farms Creamery in Olney. He worked at Anaconda American Brass in Mattoon, Illinois (Now named Annamet) for five summers, includeing two summers after he began teaching. His first full time employment was as an 8th grade science teacher in Mt. Zion, while he lived in Decatur.
He married Sara Sue Smith after a four year courtship on November 25th, 1966. Sue had received her Masters degree in music education from Milliken in Decature, and taught in Decatur.
John and Sue moved to her home farm and both gained teaching positions in the Robinson Illinois Community District #2.
After teaching for twelve years and the birth of their Daughter Deana, John left teaching to farm full time, having spent many late hours helping Sue's Father in the fields.
Having health problems, John and Sue moved to Robinson, Illinois for many reasons, and sold part of the home farm that had the residence in which they had lived since 1968.
John had a farm sale to sell off major equipment in 2003, and became semi-retired, with lots of things left to do in his life. He has served for many years as the Treasurer for the North Fork Conservancy district (A local governmental body which maintains the channel for its namesake river).
He has served as Treasurer for the local Airport, and is currently Chaiman for the Crawford County Airport authority that maintains our local flying facility.
At this time, John and Sue have had 45 wonderful years of marriage, with the usual joys and heartaches experienced by anyone.