Thursday, November 09, 2017

Lee Leonard

Dr. J. Lee Leonard III, 76, passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at Lafayette General Medical Center in Lafayette, LA. He was born March 1, 1940 in Springfield, Illinois, where he attended Butler Grade School and Springfield High School, graduating with the celebrated Class of 1958.

Despite being the son of a successful farmer, he knew he wanted to be a doctor. That dream was almost thwarted when his mother gave him a set of golf clubs and said he need to learn how to play golf. He gave her the clubs back and said he no longer wanted to be a doctor. Fortunately for both him and the City of Lafayette, he didn’t let the idea of golfing change his dream.

He was a graduate of Westminster College and had received his M.D. from Tulane University; where upon this past spring he celebrated his 50th anniversary. During his residency, Lee was a member of the United States Air Force in Wichita Falls, Texas. He started practicing Orthopedics in 1973 and to this current day, has never officially retired. Lee received numerous honors and awards from the Herodicus Society, International Society of the Knee and International Arthroscopy Society. Locally, he was inducted into the Ragin’ Cajuns Hall of Fame for 40 years of service as the team Doctor.

Lafayette was a seasonal paradise for Lee; the two most important seasons being Fall and Spring. Fall meant cooler temperatures and hunting at the camp with his friends and family. Spring was reserved for Mardi Gras in which he was very active and reigned as King Gabriel the 58th. When not traveling abroad, he enjoyed the supper club dinners with his friends in Lafayette.

Lee is survived by his children, Jesse Lee Leonard IV and his wife, Christine and their children, Jesse Lee Leonard V, Christian Leonard and Madison Leonard all of Lafayette, Lacey Elizabeth Leonard Rubin and her husband, Richard of Fayetteville, AR, Mae Leonard and her daughter, Ava Leonard, both of New Orleans, Robert Evan Leonard of Lafayette and Camille Leonard and Jill Hennelly of Hoboken, NJ; two sisters, Kay Jorgenson and her husband, Jim of Prospect, KY and Sue Leonard of Parker, CO and numerous dear nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse Lee Leonard II and Elizabeth Jane Kent; his wife, Jennie Leonard and his sister, Ann Miller. The family wishes to thank everyone for the compassionate care given to Lee and his family. A Memorial Service was celebrated Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 11:00 am at Fountain Memorial Funeral Home in Lafayette.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

John T. Stapleton


John "Jack" T. Stapleton of Downers Grove passed away on October 24, 2017. Born on March 18, 1940 to the late John P. and Velma (Sebring) Stapleton. Growing up in Springfield, IL he graduated from Springfield High School in 1958.

His work career began as an Engineering Technician for the State of Illinois. He later graduated from Northern Illinois in 1967 and earned a Masters in Educational Administration from the University of Illinois in 1972. A lifelong educator, John served as an Industrial Education teacher and Dean at Downers Grove South High School. He was a long time member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church where he served on numerous committees.

As an active member in the community he served on the Downers Grove Traffic Commission and was a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Downers Grove. John had strong passion for sports which included coaching his son's Little League teams.

He is survived by his wife Nancy of 54 years; daughter Amy L. (Doug) Conderman; son Jon L. (Kim) Stapleton; four granddaughters and one grandson. He is also survived by one sister, Patricia Stapleton, and two brothers, Kevin Stapleton and Mark Stapleton. He was preceded in death by one sister, Virginia Kunz, and one brother, Terrance Stapleton.

Visitation will be Friday, November 10th from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Downers Grove. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 11th 10:00 a.m. at St. Andrew's Church, Downers Grove.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church or the Alzheimer’s Association, Illinois Chapter.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Clifton L. Tozer

Clifton L. Tozer, 92, of Springfield, died at 12:10 a.m. on Friday, November 3, 2017 at Concordia Village Senior Living.

Clifton was born February 5, 1925 in Chicago, the son of Ray Thompson and Marie Schultz. He married Dolores G. Stashwick on June 11, 1949 in Chicago.

Clifton earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois in 1949 and his master's degree in 1950 in Education. He served his country during WWII in the 5th Division of the U.S. Marines and was wounded in the historic battle of Iwo Jima.

He had a long career with District 186 as an educator, first as teacher, then counselor, assistant principal, and lastly as a principal. Clifton was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church for over 60 years, where he served as an Elder. He co-founded the TP Day Camp, a summer camp that had an impact on hundreds of Springfield residents.

After retirement, Clifton volunteered at Habitat for Humanity and Lewis Memorial Christian Village. In recent years, while living at Concordia Village, he started and led a long-running men's discussion group.

He was a life-long athlete, playing semi-pro baseball in Central Illinois in his 20s and golfing until the age of 90. He was known for his ready wit and sense of humor, which sustained him and his family to his last days. He was a humble man who enjoyed the friendship and respect of those who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents. Clifton is survived by a family who loved and revered him: his wife, Dolores of Springfield; sons, Steven (Victoria Chou) of Oak Park, Randall (Beverly) of Paradise Valley, AZ, and Michael (Gail) of Kernersville, NC; brother-in-law, Tad Stashwick (Carole); eight grandchildren: Jocelyn, Lindsay, Samantha, Sean, Stephanie, Kevin, Jennifer and Alex; and seven great-grandchildren.

Cremation was accorded by Butler Cremation Tribute Center prior to ceremonies. The family will host a memorial service at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Concordia Village, 4101 W. Iles Ave., Springfield. Please visit boardmansmith.com to offer your condolences.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Luella Jeanne Robertson Coronado

Jeanne Robertson Coronado passed away August 11, 2017 in Phoenix, AZ after a long illness. She was born August 8, 1940 in Springfield, IL to William T. and Margaret Woodruff Robertson.

As a young girl she was baptized at First Christian Church and was a 4-H member showing projects at the State Fair. She loved planting and working with flowers and loved crocheting, which she learned from a teacher at our country school. 

Jeanne graduated from Springfield High School and attended one year of Nurses Training at Memorial Medical. She worked at Franklin Life and was employed and retired after 20+ years at the Arizona State Department of Revenue.

Jeanne married James C. Rogers, Jr. in 1960. She has eight surviving children by this marriage. They are Deanna (Stephen) Anderson, Mary Elizabeth Rogers, Ruth Ann (Eric) Schultz, James C. Rogers, III, Dennis (Leslie) Rogers, Rachel (Mack) Finn, John (Dori) Rogers, Will (Jody) Rogers. 

She later married Frank R. Coronado, III and they had a son, Frank R. Coronado, IV and he survives. Jeanne is also survived by a sister, Mary E. (Jim, dec.) Hansen, and brother, Bert F. (Kathy, dec.) Robertson, both from Springfield, IL, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Jeanne was preceded in death by her husband, Frank R. Coronado, III, and twins, Karen Ann Rogers and Karol Ann Rogers, her parents and grandparents.


Visitation was on August 18, 2017, at 9:00 A.M. at Best Funeral Services Chapel in Peoria, AZ. Her final resting place is Resthaven Park Cemetery, West in Glendale, AZ. Ruth and Eric Schultz hosted the family after the service.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Connie King Mohan

Connie Jean Mohan, 77, of Chatham, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, August 10, 2017, at Memorial Medical Center. She was born May 8, 1940, in Springfield to the late James Otis and Ferry Rosaline Boggs King. Connie graduated from Springfield High School in 1958. She attended Western Illinois University studying Physical Education prior to her marriage. She was a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority at Western Illinois University. Connie married John "Jack" Edward Mohan on March 26, 1960.

Connie's love for Physical Education continued her entire life; she worked out daily at the "Fit Club South". Connie enjoyed bowling; she was inducted in 1987 to the Springfield Bowling Hall of Fame. Connie was a member of the 700 Series Club and won the Around the Town Tournament.

Connie is remembered for her infectious laughter and love of her family. She will be greatly missed by her loving family: her husband of 57 years, Jack Mohan of Chatham, IL; two daughters, Karen Mohan Day (husband, Jim) of Wildwood, MO, and Cheryl "Cheri" Lynn Mohan Schmitt of Moseley, VA; three grandchildren John Robert Schmitt of Huntsville, AL, Jacqueline "Jackie" Day of Wildwood, MO, and Sarah Nicole Schmitt of Moseley, VA; sister Lonna Snow (husband, Stewart) of Dade City, FL.

Cremation rites will be accorded by Cremation Services of Central Illinois, Chatham before services. Her family will greet friends from 10:30am until the time of the Celebration of Life Ceremony at 11:30am, Tuesday, August 15, at Staab Polk Memorial Home, 8855 State Route 4, Chatham, IL, 62629, with Paula Staab Polk, funeral celebrant. Her urn will be interred at Camp Butler National Cemetery. 


Memorial contributions may be made to Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie #437, 2413 South MacArthur, Springfield, IL, 62704. Please visit www.staabpolk.com to offer your condolences.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Lawrence Dale Doggett

Lawrence Dale Doggett, 76, of Springfield, passed away at 1:25 p.m. on Monday, May 8, 2017 at Memorial Medical Center.

Lawrence was born on September 22, 1940 in Springfield, the son of Charles Marshall and Pauline Workman Doggett. He married Sandra Waterman on April 2, 1966 in Florissant, MO.

Lawrence graduated from Springfield High School, class of 1958, and then graduated from Roosevelt University in Chicago, class of 1977. Lawrence proudly served our country in the U. S. Marines from 1957 to 1958, U.S. Air Force from 1958 – 1963, and U.S. Army from 1977 – 2002. He worked as a warrant officer in logistics for all three branches of the military, and worked in finance and sales for Chevrolet from 1963 to 1977. Lawrence was a Desert Storm Veteran, and was a member of American Legion, Elks Lodge, and a lifetime member of DAV and VFW. He enjoyed golfing.

Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents; and one daughter, Paula Doggett. He is survived by his wife Sandra; son, Lawrence Dale Doggett, Jr. of Hampton, VA; grandchildren, Erica and Carly Payne, Lawrence "Trip" Doggett III, and David "Artie" Doggett, and several cousins.

Visitation and Funeral Ceremony: Family will receive friends from 11:00 – 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th Street, Springfield. Funeral Ceremony will begin at 12:00 p.m. with Celebrant Judy Woerner officiating. Burial will be held at Camp Butler National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to: American Parkinson's Disease Association, 1800 N. Main Street, Suite 215, Wheaton, IL 60187 or Alzheimers Association , 2309 W. White Oaks Drive, Suite E, Springfield, IL 62704. Please visit butlerfuneralhomes.com to offer your condolences. 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Richard L. Sorensen

SPRINGFIELD, IL - Richard L. "Rich" Sorensen, 76, of Springfield, died at 1:47 p.m., Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, at Regency Nursing Care Residence. 
He was born June 6, 1940, in Springfield to Herbert and Grace Marguerette Lawson Sorensen. He married Dorothea J. Spear on Sept. 23, 1967 and she survives. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother and sister–in-law, H. John "Jack" and Bernadine Sorensen; and brother, William A. "Bill" Sorensen.
Rich was a lifelong resident of Springfield. He attended Butler Grade School and Springfield High School, graduating in 1958. He was a branch service manager for Monroe Calculator Company and also worked at Black & Co. as hobby department manager and the Whistle Post before retiring.

He was a U.S. Army veteran serving from 1963-1965. Rich served as former Commander of the Inter-Veterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County.  He was a member of the Monday Night Railroad Club and was an avid traveler and especially enjoyed cruising.

Surviving are his wife, Dorothea J. of Springfield; one daughter, Sally (David) Kolb of Monticello; grandson, Joshua B. Kolb of Monticello; sister-in-law, Mona Sorensen of Belvidere, Ill.; and nephew, Mark A. (Patty) Sorensen of Michigan.

Visitation: 4–7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, at Staab Funeral Home-Springfield. Memorial Service: 12:00 pm, Friday, January 13, 2017 at Staab Funeral Home-Springfield. Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery where military honors will be conducted by the Sangamon County Inter-Veterans Burial Detail and the United States Army.

Memorials may be made to: The Inter-Veterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County, or Land of Lincoln Honor Flight. Share stories, pictures, Facebook and Twitter at: StaabFamily.com

Published in Print in The State Journal-Register from Jan. 11 to Jan. 12, 2017