Steven Richard Jennings
1943 - 2021
BORN
1943
DIED
2021
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Freeport, IL
Steven Richard Jennings 1943—2021
Dr. J has given his last lecture and read his last article. Steven Richard Jennings passed away at the home of his oldest son and daughter-in-law peacefully surrounded by family on March 4, 2021 from a long fought battle of cancer. He was born May 5, 1943 in Freeport, IL to parents Dean and Norma (Kochsmeier) Jennings. He is survived by Barbara Halstrom of Rockford, IL, his loving, longtime partner of 26 years; two brothers Robert (Nancy) of Freeport, IL and Keith (Lura) of Delafield, WI; three sons (with former wife Sharon Moss) Matthew (DeAnn) of Pecatonica, IL, Timothy (Stacey) of Centennial, CO, and Peter (Jill) of Mead, CO. Also surviving are his grandchildren Tyler (Cassie) of Stillman Valley, IL, Colin of Pecatonica, IL, Hayden of Mead,CO, twins Katie and Emmie of Centennial, CO; great grandchildren twins Ava and Joanna of Stillman Valley, IL; and along with numerous other family members and friends. Steven is preceded in death by his parents, maternal grandparents Fred and Martha (Dittman) Kochsmeier and paternal grandparents Cord and Maude (McNamara) Jennings. He was proud of his 42 years as a faculty member at Highland Community College and would like to thank the entire faculty and support staff that made those many years a pleasant journey. Steven graduated from Freeport High School in 1961. He went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree from Western IL University in 1966. He then went on to earn a Doctorate Degree from Northern Illinois University in Management and Labor Relations in 1976. Afterwards, he went directly into teaching at the college level. He was president of the faculty senate for 25 years and president of Northwest Illinois Central Labor Council for 45 years. He recently served 5 years on the Apple Canyon Lake Legal Commission, where he very proudly owned his log cabin. He was a lifetime member of the Society of Paper Money Collectors (SPMC) where he served 6 years on the board of SPMC. He was a 60 year lifetime member of the American Numismatic Association (AMA). In 1964, Steven opened Jennings Coin and Stamp in Freeport buying/selling rare coins and stamps, which was a passion of his. He worked tirelessly going to postcard and paper money shows accumulating a large collection of US bank postcards along with the paper money notes that coincided with them. In the 1980s, sports cards became popular, which he incorporated into the business. His son, Matthew, joined him in the business. Then, in 1992, they opened a second location in Rockford, known currently as Rockford Coin and Stamp. Upon retirement from Highland College, he returned to concentrating on the stamp side of the business. This allowed him to continue the joy of lecturing to customers, instead of students, about the history of stamps and coins. He was always glad to hear from former students about their successes and catch up on current events. His lectures will be dearly missed. Thank you to Northern Illinois Hospice, Mayo Clinic (Dr. Kourelis), and OSF Cancer Center (Dr. Kahn) and Andrew, who greeted Steven at every appointment and who helped check him in. The compassion and care that each organization provided was exceptional. A special thank you goes to caregivers DeAnn Jennings, Valerie Heim, and Dawn Metzger. Cremation rites are in order. A visitation will be held to honor Steven's life on Friday, March 12 from 4-7 at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home in Freeport, IL. (Masking and social distancing will be required.) The funeral service will be held Saturday, March 13 at 1:00 with Pastor Roger Bronkema officiating at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home. There will be a visitation an hour before the service. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to Highland Community College Scholarship Fund, Mayo Clinic, or Northern Illinois Hospice.


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Published by The Freeport Journal Standard from Mar. 4 to Mar. 11, 2021.
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I have known Dr J for over 45 years as a Business Law prof, poker player, fast pitch softball teammate, and fellow Rotarian. Never a dull moment or boring conversation with Steve, he truly was one of a kind. My deepest sympathies to Steve's family. RIP Dr J.
jim graham
Friend
March 14, 2021
Our prayers and condolences Matt and family, Steve was a wonderful person, had many great talks with him at Rockford Coin, so sorry for your loss Matt, Billy and Angela Pappas..
BILLY PAPPAS
Friend
March 14, 2021
Matt, Thoughts and prayers to you and all of your family. Your dad was a great person.
Roger Bielefeldt
Friend
March 11, 2021
I have had the pleasure to serve with Steve on the Northwest Central Labor Council for the last few years. It is a vital function that he has performed for years. Steve was always engaged with the local community. He has served Northern Illinois for years at Highland Community Collège. He will be missed by his many friends and acquaintances.
Bill Liscom
Friend
March 9, 2021
We are so sorry to hear of Steve's passing but we are thankful he is now out of pain and at peace. As a fellow teacher, I have many great memories of our interactions at HCC. We worked together and we played together. There are so many memories of the good times and the fun parties we had with Steve. He will be greatly missed. I pray that all the good memories will give you comfort at this difficult time.
Bob and Phyllis Wendt, Atwood, TN
Coworker
March 8, 2021
He was the most unforgettable professor I ever had. Always seemed up-to-date with knowledge to share on any topic that came up.
D. Eisenbise
March 8, 2021
Loved my business law class with “Jennings” way back in 1970 at HCC. Then we all went to Mopes for a beer and cheese sandwich. Stayed in touch thru the years at the coin shop and could never beat him in Trivia at the bowling alley. Friend with Dr. Jennings for many years and remembered fondly. My condolences to the family. Jim, HCC class of 71
Jim Lorenz
Friend
March 7, 2021
Steve will be missed dearly. Great Person to speak too dealing with bullion, Economy and the Govt. I would come in and see him sitting in the chair and strike up conversations with him for a long time on many different issues. Rest in the Next life.
William Daughenbaugh
Friend
March 6, 2021
“Brother Jennings”,
I am so glad that I met you while serving on The Northwest Illinois Central Labor Council and while attending HCC. Thank you for your dedication to Highland as a professor, union leader and board member. Thank you for your your support of the Labor Council.
You were passionate about teaching and the labor movement.
Thank you for sharing your knowledge with me. I learned many life lessons during our “extended” conversations and discussions.
Rest In Peace.
Bob Petta
Friend, student.
Bob Petta
Friend
March 6, 2021
Knew Steve from Highland and from dealing with him at his coin shop. Good guy Will be missed
Orville Johnson
Friend
March 6, 2021
Steve was a great guy and lived life to the fullest.
He was a wonderful teacher, too.
He will be missed!
Nancy Petta
Student
March 5, 2021
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