Tom Sapp, age 86, of Springfield, IL died at his home on Monday, August 9, 2010. He was born on January 29, 1924 in Caneyville, KY the son of Carl and Dalsie Mahurin Sapp. He married Rose Mary Bono on April 9, 1944. He was preceded in death by 2 sisters; Mildred Crawford and Mary Gay Sapp, brother; Leonard Sapp, sister-in-law; Lovene Sapp and brother-in-law; Andrew Bono.
He is survived by his wife; Rose Mary Sapp of Springfield, 3 daughters; Suzanne (Edward) Cowman of New Berlin, Dianne (Guiseppe) Eppers-Dicapo of Grayslake and Cindy (Greg) Morris of New Berlin, 5 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, 2 sisters; Garnette Winch and Ura Lovene Bono, both of Springfield, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mr. Sapp has lived in the Springfield area since he was 4 years of age. He attended East Pleasant Hill School and graduated from Lanphier High School. He was a member of St. Joseph Church, Illinois State and National Auctioneers Associations for over 50 years, and an inductee into the Illinois Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame. He attended Reppert’s Auction School in the 1950’s and was an auctioneer instructor at the International College of Auctioneering in Davenport, IA. For 46 years he owned and operated Tom Sapp Auction and Realty. He conducted auctions in many states including, Illinois, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Iowa selling land, factories, heavy construction equipment and real estate. He co-owned and developed many area subdivisions in addition to various other community developments. He served on the Sangamon County Fair Board for over 40 years and served as Director of the Fair for 20 years. Mr. Sapp was a former Director for the Warren-Boynton State Bank of New Berlin. In the 1960’s he served as clerk of the Probate Court and was a Mayoral Candidate. He especially enjoyed the neighborhood while living in Val-E-View for over 40 years. He loved traveling with his wife.
A visitation will be held from 4 – 7 pm Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at Staab Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 am Thursday, August 12, 2010 at St. Joseph Church with Monsignor Thomas P. Holinga officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Memorial Home Services Hospice, St. Joseph Church or School.