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Richard M. Corkery


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Richard M. Corkery Obituary
Richard M. Corkery 1938 - 2018
Springfield, IL—Richard M. (Dick) Corkery of Springfield, died at 7:17 a.m. on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at Sunrise Assisted Living in Chicago.
He was born April 15, 1938, in Fairbank, the ninth son and eleventh child of John Charles and Margaret Elizabeth Staebell Corkery. On September 4, 1961, he married Mary Jo Connell at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Waterloo, IA after meeting on a blind date on Mary Jo's 21st birthday.
Dick graduated from Immaculate Conception School, Fairbank. Prior to college, he was drafted by the U.S. Army and served for two years. Dick graduated from Loras College and had a 32-year career with J.C. Penney, retiring as the Store Manager in Springfield in 1998.
Dick served on numerous committees and was a member of organizations in the various cities in which he lived during his career. Most notable as a long time Rotarian, on the Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission (ARDC), and on the Boards of St. John's Hospital, St. Joseph's Home, and Christ the King Parish Finance Council in Springfield. The unwavering faith and love of family were his hallmarks. He touched everyone he met with humility, kindness, and integrity. Dick attended daily mass and always had a rosary within reach. "God's will" was how he lived his life every day. His engaging smile was the well-known classic Corkery grin. His sweet sense of humor and optimism carried him through his life whether as a respected store manager and mentor, loving father, doting grandfather, or cherished husband. Everyone was bettered by knowing him and were lucky every day to call him a friend, father, husband, and "Papa."
Dick is survived by his wife, Mary Jo; three daughters, Anne (Matt) of Phoenix, AZ, Kate (David) of Chicago, IL and Laura (Cy) of Elmhurst, IL; five grandchildren, Olivia, Tanner, Jacob, Alec and Nicky; three brothers, Leon of Moline, IL, Tom of Jesup, IA, and Lou (Shelli) Corkery of Cedar Falls; three sisters, Patti (Richard) Sulentic of Cedar Falls, Mary Kail of Peoria, IL, and Sr. Therese Corkery of Tarija, Bolivia; and many, many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and six brothers, Bob, Paul, Mike, Ed, Laurie, and Fr. Ray.
Visitation: Family will receive friends from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th Street, Springfield. The visitation will begin with a prayer service.
Funeral Mass: 10:30 a.m. on Friday, September 7, 2018, at Christ the King Church, 1930 Barberry Drive, Springfield, with Rev. Joseph Ring, celebrant. Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery with military honors provided by the Interveterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Home of Springfield, 3306 S. 6th Street Springfield, IL 62703 or Catholic Charities of Springfield, 120 S. 11th Street, Springfield, IL 62703.
The family of Richard M. (Dick) Corkery is being served by Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th Street, Springfield.
Please visit butlerfuneralhomes.com to offer your condolences.
Published in Print in The State Journal-Register from Sept. 6 to Sept. 7, 2018
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