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John K. Claflin

Carrollton, Illinois

March 30, 1948 - May 4, 2024

John K. Claflin Obituary

     John K. Claflin, 76, of Springfield and Eldred, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2024, at his home. He was born in Carrollton on March 30 1948, a birthday he shared with his mother and sister. He was the son of Jake and Athalone Wayham Claflin. He married Jennie Taylor on December 26, 1973 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and she survives.

He is also survived by two sons, Zachary Claflin of Ashikaga, Japan and Marcus Ciani of Springfield, his beloved granddaughter, Ciara Ciani of St. Louis, MO; two brothers, Joseph (Ginger) Claflin of Clifton Terrace and James of Maryland Heights, MO; one sister, Janine (Michael) Hankins of Jacksonville, several nieces and nephews, two great-nephews and a grand niece.

     John attended St. John’s Grade School in Carrollton through 7th grade when he transferred to Eldred Grade School. He graduated from Carrollton High School in June 1966. He attended Illinois College in Jacksonville and completed his bachelor’s degree at Sangamon State University, later designated as the University of Illinois at Springfield. He received his Master’s Degree in 1976, while working for the Illinois State Museum. He worked as a professional archaeologist for the State Museum and did private consulting for several different agencies. He completed projects in FL, SC, IL, GA and IN.

     A compelling story-teller, John had a passion for archaeology, initiated as a child while collecting artifacts with his father on the family farm and reinforced during the excavations at the famous Koster Site on the farm of his godparents. He was an avid collector of comic books, artifacts and arcane bits of knowledge. He had vast knowledge about nature, plants, history, technology, music, carpentry, mechanics, horses and Western movies, equipment and attire. With a clever and quirky sense of humor, John was a connoisseur of fine Scotch and cigars.

     A graveside ceremony will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, at Dayton Cemetery south of Eldred. Memorials may be made to Dayton Cemetery. Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Carrollton is assisting the family. Condolences may be left online at www.airsman-hires.com.


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of John K. Claflin hosted by Airsman-Hires Funeral Home.

     John K. Claflin, 76, of Springfield and Eldred, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2024, at his home. He was born in Carrollton on March 30 1948, a birthday he shared with his mother and sister. He was the son of Jake and Athalone Wayham Claflin. He married Jennie Taylor on December 26, 1973 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and she survives.

He is also survived by two sons, Zachary Claflin of Ashikaga, Japan and Marcus Ciani of Springfield, his beloved granddaughter, Ciara Ciani of St. Louis, MO; two brothers, Joseph (Ginger) Claflin of Clifton Terrace and James of Maryland Heights, MO; one sister, Janine (Michael) Hankins of Jacksonville, several nieces and nephews, two great-nephews and a grand niece.

     John attended St. John’s Grade School in Carrollton through 7th grade when he transferred to Eldred Grade School. He graduated from Carrollton High School in June 1966. He attended Illinois College in Jacksonville and completed his bachelor’s degree at Sangamon State University, later designated as the University of Illinois at Springfield. He received his Master’s Degree in 1976, while working for the Illinois State Museum. He worked as a professional archaeologist for the State Museum and did private consulting for several different agencies. He completed projects in FL, SC, IL, GA and IN.

     A compelling story-teller, John had a passion for archaeology, initiated as a child while collecting artifacts with his father on the family farm and reinforced during the excavations at the famous Koster Site on the farm of his godparents. He was an avid collector of comic books, artifacts and arcane bits of knowledge. He had vast knowledge about nature, plants, history, technology, music, carpentry, mechanics, horses and Western movies, equipment and attire. With a clever and quirky sense of humor, John was a connoisseur of fine Scotch and cigars.

     A graveside ceremony will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, at Dayton Cemetery south of Eldred. Memorials may be made to Dayton Cemetery. Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Carrollton is assisting the family. Condolences may be left online at www.airsman-hires.com.


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of John K. Claflin hosted by Airsman-Hires Funeral Home.

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