By Jim Meridith
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 5, 2022

    4:00 to 8:00 pm, and

    Friday, May 6, 2022

    9:00 to 10:00 am

    Meridith Funeral Home, Highland, IL.

  • Service

    Friday, May 6, 2022

    10:00 am

    Meridith Funeral Home, Highland, IL.

  • Full Obituary

    John W. Pfister, 50, of rural Highland, passed away on Monday, May 2, 2022, surrounded by his family.

    John was born, January 23, 1972, in Alton, IL, to Milton J. and Diane E. (nee Laird) Pfister.  He married Jennifer Chochorowski on February 22, 1997, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, in St. Rose, IL.

    John lived in the Highland area his whole life.  He coached softball for all three of his daughters’ teams and never missed any of his girl’s events.  An avid bowler, he also liked to bowl with the girls.  A true country boy and outdoorsman, he enjoyed rabbit hunting, fishing, camping and a good BBQ.  You could also find John running his beagles in field trials.  John loved to go on float trips, the Huzzah Valley Resort in Steeleville, MO, being his favorite.  He was a loving family man, caring and selfless, and a friend to many.

    He was preceded in death by his mother, Diane Pfister; paternal grandparents, Milton J. and Mary M. Pfister.

    John is survived by his loving wife, Jennifer Pfister, Highland, IL; father, Milton Pfister, Highland, IL; daughters, Molli (Jeff Gieseking) Pfister, Maci Pfister, and Maggie Pfister, all of Highland, IL; grandpa, Ralph Goestenkors;  father-in-law and mother-in-law, Teddy and Janet Chochorowski, Highland, IL; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Angela (Jason) Owen; niece Victoria Owen; nephew, Jacob Owen; Godmother, Nancy Long; and many dear friends.

    Memorial donations may be made to HSHS Hospice.

    Visitation: Thursday, May 5, 2022, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm, and Friday, May 6, 2022, from 9:00 to 10:00 am, at Meridith Funeral Home, Highland, IL.

    Funeral Service: Friday, May 6, 2022, 10:00 am, Meridith Funeral Home, Highland, IL.

    Clergy: Pastor Kevin Wilson Jr., New Rivers Assembly of God, Maryville, IL.

    Interment: Highland City Cemetery

    Meridith Funeral Home, Highland, IL

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12 Condolences
  1. Daryl Riechmann / May 3, 2022 at 2:52 pm

    Heaven earned a great man! “JP” Rest In Peace my friend!
    You will be missed but never forgotten! You have an Amazing Wife & 3 incredible girls that you should be very proud of! Please know that you’re all in my thoughts and prayers! God Bless You All❣️ 💕🙏🏻❤️

  2. Lynn and mike / May 3, 2022 at 3:16 pm

    We will miss the great husband. And father that you are

  3. Donna Gruenenfelder / May 3, 2022 at 3:36 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. R.D. always enjoyed gossiping with John about work, but both shared a love for their 3 daughters.They really had that in common and often shared stories. I am really glad I got to know John better when we shared time at the Queen of Hearts the one year, We had a lot in common and that was our families. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family.

  4. Angela Blevins-Titter / May 3, 2022 at 3:57 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and family.

  5. Caroljean Gerstner / May 3, 2022 at 4:06 pm

    Jennifer,Mollie,Maci,Maggie and John Milt,
    Accept our most heartfelt sympathy on your loss of John wayne, our thoughts and prayers are with you, let your memories be your comfort.,take care,

    With love for all,
    Aunt Carol and family

  6. Kim Waymoth / May 3, 2022 at 4:20 pm

    Jennifer, I am so sorry for the loss of John for you and your girls. My heart goes out to you . You are in my thoughts.

  7. Craig / May 3, 2022 at 4:57 pm

    God bless Mother and Daughters and family. Know that Jody and I are always here for you and the 3-M’s. We love John Wayne Pfister and his beautiful family!!

  8. Gail Perigen / May 3, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    To The Pfister Family…
    Please accept our deepest sympathy on the loss of your loved one, John. Our thoughts, prayer, & hugs to you all. Ron & Gail Perigen

  9. Eileen / May 4, 2022 at 1:52 am

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Know that you and your family are in our prayers. May you all find peace during these difficult times.. Thinking and praying for you all.
    Deepest condolences,
    Lee Mcginn

  10. Lisa / May 4, 2022 at 12:51 pm

    Jennifer & girls, So very sorry for your loss. John Wayne always had a smile on his face and was such a great guy. Love, Dale & Lisa

  11. Jennifer Knebel / May 4, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    Jennifer & girls, I am so very sorry for your loss. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. John was a great person. He never knew a stranger. He will definitely be missed by lots of people. Jennifer & Galina.

  12. Annie Parrone / May 7, 2022 at 3:28 am

    John will have a place in the lives and hearts for all of his loved ones; no one can ever fill in a lifetime.
    Losing someone who is a good husband and father and loved takes you on a journey of emotions. You will not be the same but different because he took a piece of you with him and you have a piece of him forever.
    Allow yourself to grieve on your own time; everyone is different. Reach to your amazing memories; the heart goes on.
    May you have strength and peace.
    Love all of you!

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