John M. Mixen, age 58, of Wilmington, IL and formerly of Naperville, IL, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 25, 2021 at his home. He was born August 20, 1962 in Chicago, IL to the late Robert L. and Carol Jean (nee Kenzal) Mixen. John retired from the Will County Carpenter’s Union Local #174. He was a former member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Naperville. John loved the outdoors, especially fishing and hunting. He always said he did his best praying in the deer stand. He also enjoyed making the best salsa from his vegetable garden. He was skilled in carpentry and was proud to share his knowledge in the trade, whether it was building his daughter’s house, volunteering building homes for Habitat for Humanity, or helping those he loved. He shared his love of NASCAR by renovating an old school bus so we could spend time at the track together. He was an amazing father and papa to his grandson JJ and truly enjoyed taking him on rides on his skid-steer. Spending time with his family was most important, the knowledge and love he had shown them will forever shine for years to come. Su r v i v i n g are his wife of 34 years, Anne E. (nee Woodcock) Mixen, whom he married February 21, 1987 in Gardner, IL; two children, Laura (CJ) Dziuban of Wilmington and John (Kera) Mixen of Morris; one grandson, JJ Dziuban; six siblings: Robert (Valerie) Mixen of Cornell, IL; Kathy (Mike) Noonan of Dwight, IL; Tom (Emma Lou) Mixen of Macon, MO; Bill Mixen of OR; Patrick (the late Betty) Mixen of Pontiac, IL; and Jim Mixen of Dwight; and numerous nieces, nephews, and their families. Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorial visitation for John was at the R.W. Patterson Funeral Home and Crematory Friday, April 30, 2021 from 4 until 8 p.m. Memorial services were at the funeral home on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. All attendees were required to wear face masks and follow social distancing protocols. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Melanoma Research Alliance ( or Habitat for Humanity ( For more information and to visit his online guestbook, please log on to or find us on Facebook.