John Damian “Cac” Ferris, 73, of Robinson, IL, formerly of Marshall, passed away at 1:20 PM Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, at St. Vincent’s Hospital at Indianapolis, IN, following a brief illness. He was born Sept. 5, 1948, at Paris, IL, the son of Donald William Ferris, Sr. and Margaret Louise Rademaker. On March 30, 1970, he married Josette Marie “Jody” Sager at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Marshall. Surviving are his wife, Jody, and three children; Allison (Sean) Medsker of Marshall; John J. (Cheryle) Ferris of Knoxville, TN; and Andrew (Courtney) Ferris of Spencer, TN. Also surviving are grandchildren: Nathan Medsker, Hayley Medsker, Logan Medsker, Griffin Medsker, Abby Ferris, Evan Ferris, Emily Ferris, Owen Ferris, Brittney Howland, and Tiffaney Howland; and great grandchildren, Harper and Harmony Lacey. Also surviving are his brothers; Donald W. (Heidi) Ferris, Jr., and Joseph K. (Cindy) Ferris, and nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister, Margaret A. Ferris. A 1966 graduate of Marshall High School, he attended Eastern Illinois University where he was a member of Sigma Pi fraternity and the EIU Marching Panthers, graduating with a B.S. in Education in 1970. Cac joined the U.S. Naval Reserves in Sept. 1966 and retired in 1993 with the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer. He served on active duty from 1970 to 1972 and was stationed in the Azores, Portugal. John joined Velsicol Chemical Corp. in 1972 and retired from the company in 2007. During his time with Velsicol, he and his family lived in several cities in the United States where he served in various capacities from purchasing manager to global logistics manager. His service in the Marshall community included coaching Little League, being Cub Master of Pack #81, and coaching the St. Mary’s Basketball Elementary League. He was formerly a member of the Marshall School Board, Marshall City Council, the Marshall Schools Foundation, and the City Band. He was a member of Clark Co. Post #90 American Legion. His faith played an important role in his life, and for much of his life he attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Marshall where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus, while living in Robinson he attended St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church. It was easy for Cac to make friends wherever he went, and he maintained those friendships for many years. Loving to travel, he and Jody met people all over the United States and the world. Along with his faith, the most important part of his life was his family. He was his children’s and grandchildren’s number one fan, and a beloved husband for nearly 52 years. He will be missed so much by his family, and by friends, old and new Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM Friday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Marshall with Rev. Augustine Koomson as celebrant. Burial will military graveside rites will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-7 PM Thursday at Pearce Funeral Home. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Marshall Schools Foundation or by giving blood at a local blood bank in his memory. Online condolences are being accepted at pearcefuneralservices.com.