Richard Grimes Norris, 71, of Springfield, died at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at St. John's Hospital.
Richard was born Sept. 23, 1942, in Iowa City, Iowa, the son of Dr. Harold V. and Harriet Grimes Norris. He married Patricia Coughlin on June 23, 1973, in Winchester.
Richard graduated from Chaminade College Preparatory School in St. Louis and attended St. Mary's University and Illinois College. He graduated from Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Neb., and was admitted to the Bar in 1975. Richard was Morgan County States' Attorney, counsel for Standard Oil of Indiana, American Petroleum Institute, Illinois State's Attorney's Appellate Prosecutors Office and Illinois State Treasurer's Office. He was proud of his families' decades of commitment to medicine and education. He had unconditional love and support for family and dear friends. Richard was a voracious reader and skilled golfer with a near encyclopedic knowledge of the game of golf, golf equipment, and of the professional players who walked the course. His sense of humor and quick wit will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law, Virgil E. Coughlin; and his faithful companion of 16 years, soft coated wheaten terrier, Murphy.
He is survived by his soul mate and wife of over 40 years, Patricia Norris of Springfield; one son, Dr. Christopher (wife, Jennifer) Norris of Kansas City, Kan.; two daughters, Dr. Stephanie (husband, Dan) Bitner of Springfield and Elizabeth (husband, Adam) Hendrickson of St. Louis; one brother, Stephen (wife, Diane) Norris of Schaumburg; two sisters-in-law, Susan (the late Frank) Norris of Bloomington and Carol (the late Thomas) Norris of Jacksonville; mother-in-law, Marjorie Coughlin of Bluffs; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Cremation was accorded by Butler Cremation Tribute Center prior to ceremonies.
Memorial gathering: Family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday at Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield. An additional visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the memorial mass at 11 a.m. on Monday at St. Agnes Catholic Church.
Memorial Mass: 11 a.m. on Monday at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 245 N. Amos, Springfield, with the Rev. Jeff Grant celebrant.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Animal Protective League, 1001 Taintor Road, Springfield, IL 62702 or Memorial Affiliate of
, Attn: Donor Services, 4700 N. University St., Suite 92, Peoria, IL 61614-5849.
Please visit butlerfuneralhomes.com to offer your condolences.
Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home
900 South Sixth Street
Springfield, IL 62703
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Jan. 11, 2014