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John C. "Jack" Watson

December 10, 1932 - January 24, 2018

John C. “Jack” Watson, 85, of Springfield, died at 2:56 am, Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at Memorial Medical Center. He was born December 10, 1932 in Riverton, IL to Clarence and Isabel (Markham) Watson.

Surviving are a son, Troy F. (Michele) Watson of El Paso, TX; daughter, Tracey (Mike) Hopkins of Ayden, NC; four grandchildren, John and Kathleen Watson and Cody and Riley Conway; one nephew, Jerome Watson; three nieces, Betsy Tucker, Marilyn Wilkinson and Brenda Ward.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert, Milo and Ken Watson; one sister, Virginia Kleban and nephew, Gary Watson.

After earning his BS in Business and Economics from Illinois State University in 1954, Jack served in the US Army. In 1957, he began his business career with Franklin Life Insurance Company, where he eventually became its president in 1989. Jack left Franklin for Midland National Life Insurance Company in 1992. He retired in 2000 as CEO and Chairman of Midland’s parent company, the Sammons Group.

He was a member of Riverton United Methodist Church, Riverton Athletic Club and was an avid supporter of the University of Illinois Athletics.

Visitation: 4 – 7 pm Monday, January 29, 2018 at Staab Funeral Home – Springfield. There will be a second visitation from 11:30 am – 12 pm, Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at Riverton United Methodist Church.

Funeral Service: 12 pm, Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at Riverton United Methodist Church with Reverend John Cross officiating. Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery where military honors will be conducted.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association

Visitation Information

Date: Monday, January 29, 2018

Time: 04:00 pm - 07:00 pm

Staab Funeral Home - Springfield

Address:

1109 South Fifth Street
Springfield, Illinois 62703

217-528-6461 Map


Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Time: 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Riverton United Methodist Church

Address:

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Service Information

Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Time: 12:00 pm

Riverton United Methodist Church

Address:

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Cemetery Information

Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Camp Butler National Cemetery

Address:

5063 Camp Butler Road, Springfield, IL, 62707

(217) 492-4070 Map


Memorial Information

Alzheimer's Foundation of America

Address:

322 Eighth Ave., 7th fl., New York, NY, 10001

1-866-232-8484 Map


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