Jack L. Heissinger
SPRINGFIELD - Jack L. Heissinger, 80, of Springfield, passed away on Thursday, September 19, 2013, at St. John's Hospital after a long illness.
Jack was born on March 3, 1933, in Springfield, the son of George and Edna Green Heissinger. He married Margaret "Marge" Dowling in 1984 in Springfield.
Jack graduated from Rochester High School and worked at Sangamo Electric before entering the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1953-1955. He joined the Illinois State Police in 1957 and served for 34 years retiring as a Master Sergeant. He worked in Executive Security serving under Governors Ogilvie, Walker, Thompson, Edgar and Lt. Governor George Ryan. He was a member of VFW, Fraternal Order of Police, Illinois Police Association and Troopers Lodge 41. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and was an avid golfer and sports enthusiast. He loved his pets, Molly and Jessica.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, George Heissinger; sister, Florence McCombs; and former wife, Barbara Karlovich.
He is survived by his wife, Marge; daughter, Lora (Fanu) Ulugalu, of Ogden, Utah; son, Paul Heissinger of Springfield; stepdaughters, Lisa (Dennis) McKennedy, of Rochester, and Claire Dowling, of Springfield; stepson, Patrick (Teri Parker) Dowling, of Chatham; sister, Velma (Gary) McKinnon; eight grandchildren, Austin and Alyssa Ulugalu, Ryan and Cody McKennedy, Caitlin, Jordin and Sean Dowling, and Christian DeLong; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, at Wilson Park Funeral Home in Rochester. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 26, 2013, at the funeral home with Reverend R. Dean Probst officiating. Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery where the Inter-Veterans Burial Detail will conduct honors.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warriors Project or the Holy Family Center at St. Joseph's Home.
Wilson Park Funeral Home, 200 E. Main St., Rochester, IL 62563, is in charge of arrangements.
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