Remembering a very good friend

Many people in the Beardstown area will remember Herman John Pohl, who died on June 20 at his home in Springfield. He was born in Sheboygan, Wis. in 1924 and served proudly in the U.S. Navy in WWII. He married Alice Reed in 1949, and she will be remembered as a nurse at Schmidt-Memorial Hospital in Beardstown. She preceded him in death in 2008.
    He is survived by his daughters, Kathy of St. Louis and Annette of Dolton, many grandkids, and three great-grandkids.
    He will be buried at Camp Butler National Cemetery with military honors.
    John was a master brick mason, and some of his work is still standing within Beardstown. He built the small home at 1205 Monroe, the home at 112 W. 17th, and, together with his wife, built and operated the nursing home on Grand Avenue which is now the Grand Avenue School.
    He and I worked on a few projects together, but he was so fast that he had to stand and wait for me to catch up. He helped me build my house on Beard Street, for which I was forever grateful. His last job was working for CIPS, from which he retired.
    He stood up as godfather for my kids. He was a gentleman and my best friend and I will never forget him.