Alfred James Cryer

August 22, 1922 - April 11, 2019

Alfred “John” J. Cryer, age 96, of Rochelle, Illinois, formerly of Batavia, passed away on April 11, 2019 at home peacefully surrounded by his loving wife.  He was born August 22, 1922 in Batavia, the son of Henry and Lizzie (nee Hicks) Cryer. He was united in marriage his first wife of 63 years, Gladys (nee Smith) Cryer on May 30, 1942 in Aurora.  After her passing, Alfred found love again and married Barbara (nee Colegrove) April 7, 2006, in Rochelle. 

John attended Louise White School, and then was a graduate of Batavia High School. At the age of 19, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corp. in Europe and served in World War II.  He went thru Army flight school to become a pilot.  He became a P.O.A. on December 26, 1944 when his B 17 bomber was shot down by flak while on a bombing mission over Germany.  He was then captured by the Home Guard and eventually taken to Stalag Luft One in Barth, Germany.  Eventually, after liberation by the Russians and he returned to Batavia. 

He was a member of the World War II Combat Pilots Association of Sycamore, Rochelle V.F.W. Post #3878, and a former member of the Batavia V.F.W. Post # 1197. John was a member of The Order of the Eastern Star, where he served as past Worthy Patron and a member of the Batavia Masonic (AF & AM) Lodge #404.

He retired from the City of Batavia in 1986, where he worked for the street department and also served as a Captain on the Batavia Fire Department.

John was a driver for auto dealers, during his retirement years, delivering automobiles to various locations as needed. He held many jobs in his lifetime, which included:  auto mechanic, body and fender man, machinist, heavy equipment operator, fireman, assembler, truck driver and after retirement a part-time farmer.  He also had many hobbies. He enjoyed wood working, auto body work, and automotive custom painting, model building, flying and building U-Control airplanes, and go-kart racing.  He always said, “He was a Jack of Trades but a Master of None.” 

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; son, James (Donna) Cryer, of Geneva; daughter, Judy Kaye Rogers, of Joliet; his stepchildren, Connie Hargreaves, David, and Stephen; four grandchildren, Darla Dorband, of St. Charles, James Cryer, of St. Charles, Robbi and Melissa Rogers, of Aurora; many great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Gladys, his daughter, Joni Marie Cryer in infancy; granddaughter, April Rogers; and by his brother, Harold Cryer.

Graveside services will be held on 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at River Hills Memorial Park in Batavia. There will be no visitation.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Serenity Hospice 1858 South Illinois Route 2 in Oregon, IL 61061



Guest Book

  • Sharon Patterson So sorry for your loss! My grandparents, Kenneth and Fern Patterson (of Batavia), were very close to Jonnie for many, many, many years.... and I can tell you they are all up in Heaven together playing cards and looking down smiling on us all right now.
  • Karen Burdette My sincere condolences. I had no idea except I woke up on 5/10/19, early morning asking.,how is Barbara's husband. As though Mom was asking . I googled, I read obituary & cried. I am so sorry to read of his passing. The coincidence in April & funeral on My parents ( Marilyn& Barny Arnold) wedding date. Angel's do communicate & our loved ones have united in Gods kingdom. I pray for your days ahead, God to give you strength during this time. Hugs, Karen Burdette
  • Jim & Donna Cryer RIP Dad
  • Joan Brown My condolences to the family for the loss of your loved one, Alfred, and may you be comforted by these future scriptural promises to mankind from Almighty God (Exodus 6:3) through His written word, the Bible. John 5:28,29. Isaiah 33:24. Isaiah 25:8.