"Dick" C. Meckes
SPRINGFIELD - Dr. Richard "Dick" C. Meckes, 75, of Springfield, passed away at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at Lewis Memorial Christian Village.
Dick was born April 17, 1937 in Quincy, the son of Lewis and Alice Smith Meckes. He married Ann Fischer on June 23, 1956 in Quincy.
Dick attended St. Boniface Grade School and Notre Dame High School, both in Quincy. He went on to attend Quincy College for his bachelor's degree, Western Illinois for his master's degree and Southern Illinois University in Carbondale for his Ph.D. During college he was a member of Phi Delta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. He was a math teacher at Quincy Jr. High School for 5 years, Chairman of the Math Department at Quincy Jr. High and Math Counselor for the Department of Education for 7 years. He became the Principal at Williamsville High School and was employed there for 18 years, retiring in 1991.
Dick was manager of the Larry L. Evans, Khoury League baseball team from 1971-1977. They were undefeated, and were the Illinois State Champions for 3 of the 6 years. He also coached other Khoury League baseball teams, basketball and flag football. He enjoyed sports, and was a fan of Notre Dame football, Marquette basketball, and the St. Louis Cardinals. In 2012, he was inducted into the Springfield Sports Hall of Fame. Dick was very involved with Christ the King Catholic Church where he was a church member for 44 years and served on Christ the King School Board.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and granddaughter, Adrienne Meckes.
He is survived by his wife, Ann of Springfield; three sons, Bob (wife, Melissa) Meckes of Naperville, Dan (wife, Heidi) Meckes of St. Louis, MO, and Ted Meckes of Springfield; one daughter, Jane (husband, Kevin) Alberts of Naperville; twelve grandchildren, Chris, Matt, and Timothy Meckes, Justine Meckes, Ryan, Morgan, Jenny, Amanda, and Jack Alberts, and Bryce, Grant, and Haydn Meckes; three sisters, Shirley Bornman of Quincy, Mary Ann (husband, David) Gelfand of St. Louis, and Patricia Meckes of Quincy; one brother, Raymond (wife, Carolyn) Meckes of Quincy; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation: Family will receive friends from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at Christ the King Catholic Church, 1930 Barberry Dr., Springfield. Visitation will begin with a prayer service at 4:00 p.m.
Concelebrated Funeral Mass: 10:00 a.m. on Friday, November 9, 2012 at Christ the King Catholic Church with Rev. Joseph Ring, celebrant, Rev. James Wheeler, OFM and Rev. Msgr. David S. Lantz, concelebrants. Burial to follow at Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Christ the King Catholic Church, 1930 Barberry, Springfield, IL 62704, Kirkwood School District Foundation Adrienne Meckes Scholarship Fund for Minority Students, 11289 Manchester Rd. Kirkwood, MO 63122 (kirkwoodfoundation.org) or Juvenile Diabetes Research
Foundation, Greater Chicago Chapter, 500 North Dearborn, Suite 305, Chicago, IL 60610 (jdrf.org).
Special thanks to Dan Moseley and Bob Kelly who read to Dick almost every week since Aug. of 2009, to Hospice: Pat, Emma, Meghan, Angie and Donna, and to the many caretakers at Lewis Memorial, as you all helped us through a difficult time.
The family of Dr. Richard "Dick" C. Meckes is being served by Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield, IL.
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