Springfield died at 11:35 a.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Memorial Medical Center. He was born November 22, 1943 in Granite City, IL to William J. and Margaret John Israel and was raised in Roodhouse, IL. His parents preceded him in death. He married Rita Serena and she survives.
He is also survived by four children: Drake W. (Annamarie) Israel of Springfield, Stacy A. Israel of Richmond, VA, Ryan D. Israel of Washington, DC and Stephanie R. Israel of Darby, MT; four grandsons: David, Andrew, Matthew and Vincent; one great-granddaughter: Chloe Elizabeth; two sisters: Margaret (Eugene) Jones of Scottsdale, AZ and Nancy Strowmatt of Rantoul, IL; one brother, William (Marilyn) Israel of Springfield and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was a member of Cherry Hills Baptist Church, the Sangamon Valley Estate Planning Council (Charter Member), National Association of Life Underwriters and Advanced Association of Life Underwriters. He was employed by Metropolitan Life, Horace Mann, Franklin Life and retired from the State of Illinois Department of Insurance.
He was very active in his children’s and grandchildren’s activities. His greatest joy in life was his family.
Visitation: 4:00-7:00 p.m., Sunday, April 13, 2014 at Staab Funeral Home.
Funeral Service: 10:00 am, Monday, April 14, 2014 at Staab Funeral Home with Pastor Brian Wilmarth officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the Donor’s choice.