John W. “Johnny Bill” Eggleston, 70, of rural Memphis, Missouri passed away Friday morning, June 15, 2018, at his home in the Brock community. The son of Austin Evert and Mildred Lough Eggleston, he was born February 16, 1948 at Ottumwa, Iowa.
He grew up on the family farm and attended the Scotland County R-1 School system graduating with the class of 1965.
John met and married Diane Kaye “Dee Dee” Schlotter on November 6, 1971 and he found a team player that helped him throughout his entire lifetime.
After he graduated from high school he went on to attend the Northeast Missouri State College and graduated in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Industrial Education. He had completed continuing education and accreditation in engineering, cooperative leadership and agriculture. John served in the U. S. Army from 1969 – 1971 serving a one year tour in Vietnam. Upon his discharge from the Army they moved to Kansas City and went to work as a certified structural engineering technician for the Black and Veatch Consulting Engineers there. In 1974, John and Dee Dee returned to Memphis, MO where John and his brother Stan were owner/ operator of Eggleston Farms. A corn, soybean and hay operation and owner/operator of John and Dee Enterprises, LLC., a seed and electronics sales business.
John joined the Board of Directors of Tri-County Electric Coop in Lancaster, MO in 1976 and completed his tenure there in 2011 serving as president of the board. He served as a director and past Chairman of the AMEC District II Rural Electric, Vice-President of Northeast Power Cooperative, director and secretary/treasure of the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperative and director on the State Rural Electric Legislative Committee. He earned the NRECA Credentialed Cooperative Director Certificate and also the NRECA Board Leadership Certificate. He was a member of the Action Committee for Rural Electrification and the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives Political Action Committee. He was well known by both legislative parties at the state and national levels.
John was president of the POET Biorefining-Macon (Missouri’s first ethanol plant) and Northeast Missouri Grain Processors, LLC, vice-president of POET Biorefining- Ladonia and manager on the POET Biorefining- Cloverdale, Indiana LLC board from 1994 and until retiring in August 2017. He was the past director of the Missouri Institute of Cooperatives and was founding director of the Missouri Renewable Fuel Association. He also served as a director of the Missouri Corn Growers Association, a member of the Missouri Farm Bureau and Missouri Soybean Association.
He was preceded in death by his son, Damen Eggleston, his parents, grandmother-in-law, Mary Drake, his father-in-law, Robert Schlotter and his brother-in-law, Bob Cox.
Survivors include his wife: Dee Dee Eggleston of the home; a brother: Stan (Patty) Eggleston; a sister: Jane Eggleston; a sister-in-law: Sharon Cox; his mother-in-law, Marilyn Schlotter; 3 nieces: Sara Eggleston, Julie (Micheal) Monroe and Jada Eggleston; a nephew Eric (Deb) Cox along with many other relatives and close friends, including his special friends Bob Henselman and Jimmy Curry.
In lieu of flowers Memorials are suggested to the Wallace W. Gillespie, V.F.W Post # 4958 of Memphis and can be left at or mailed to the Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison St. Memphis, Missouri 63555.
A visitation was held Monday evening from 4 to 7 p.m. with the family receiving friends. As per his wishes cremation rites were accorded and there are private disposition plans at a later date.
Online condolences may be sent to the Eggleston family by logging onto www.paynefuneralchapel.com.
Arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis.