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John Franklin "Jack" Souders

John Franklin "Jack" Souders

John Franklin "Jack" Souders, 94, a World War II Navy veteran and lifelong resident of Quincy, Illinois, passed away on July 30 at Blessing Hospital. He was born August 7, 1927, in Quincy, just shy of his 95th birthday.

Jack was a role model and strong advocate for his family, a coach and mentor, small businessperson, community leader, devout Catholic, avid golfer, and die-hard Chicago Cubs fan.

After graduating from Quincy High School in 1945, Jack enlisted in the Navy. He trained at Great Lakes Naval Training Center near Chicago. After posts in Seattle and San Diego he was deployed to the Marshall Islands. He was assigned to an amphibious assault ship as a Seaman Second Class and later to the USS Fanshaw Bay. He was awarded a Victory Medal along with many returning members of the Armed Forces for his World War II active-duty service. He was interviewed in 2015, surrounded by family, as part of the Library of Congress Veterans History Project and was honored by the Cubs at Wrigley Field in 2019 during the Military Tribute.

After the war, Jack returned to Quincy and married Mary (Brady) Souders at St. Rose of Lima Church. They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary last fall. Jack and Mary are the parents of five, grandparents of eleven, and great grandparents of twelve.
Family was the priority for Jack. He coached all five of his children in sports ranging from swimming/diving to softball/baseball to basketball. He would frequently attend the games or performances of his grandchildren no matter the time or distance. Even with advancing age, he made the activities of his great grandchildren a priority.

Jack was inducted into the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Hall of Fame for his coaching and volunteer service. He also received honors for his dedication to Quincy Notre Dame High School and Quincy University athletics, serving as the president of the Mart Heinen Club and directing the Holiday Tournament at the former Quincy College. He was also the tournament director of the inaugural QND Tip-Off Tournament. He was especially proud to watch his family work as teachers, counselors, and coaches. Jack was patiently supportive of family who, against subtle discouragement, cheered for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Jack was an enthusiastic Quincyan. He was active in many community organizations including the Knights of Columbus, Elks Club, Quincy Boat Club, and the Quincy Exchange Club, where he served as president. The Quincy media lost its most loyal consumer of local news with his passing. He enjoyed his participation in local Democratic politics, including a term on the Adams County Board. However, Jack enjoyed golf more than politics and forged lifelong friendships and priceless moments on the links, including a hole-in-one.

Jack was a small business owner, founding Jack Souders Insurance after a career as a salesman for General Foods and the Irwin Paper Company. He remained active in the insurance industry for more than three decades. He never considered a premium payment to be late and ensured that those who could not afford insurance had proper coverage. Several his children and grandchildren have pursued careers in the insurance field.

In addition to family, faith was an important part of Jack's life. He was an active member of St. Peter Church beginning as a student in the 1930s and continuing until the end of his life. Jack and Mary Souders had a scheduled shift at the Perpetual Adoration Chapel. He was a volunteer and coach and a good bet to be in the pew at Mass. Throughout his life, he could hear the church bells toll from St. Peter.

Jack is survived by his wife and best friend, Mary Souders and their five children, Chris (David) Wiemelt, Cindy (Jeff) Steinkamp, Susie Souders, Stacy (Mark) Kirkpatrick and Patrick (Amy) Souders. Also, eleven grandchildren, Jessica (Bryce) Beaston, Ryan (Jill) Wiemelt, Jason Wiemelt, Jenna (Rob) Lannerd, Jayme (Tyler) Stroot, Brandon (Laurie) Soebbing, Kara (Ryan) Scheets, Kaleigh Kirkpatrick, Jon Kirkpatrick, and Elle Souders. Great grandchildren include Alexa, Makayla and Olivia Beaston, Brody, Mason and Madison Wiemelt, Henry Stroot, Giuliana, Olivia and Luke Soebbing, Vivian and Violet Scheets. He was proud to include Diane Morin, Ricky Ortiz, Caroline Scheets and Paige and Brianna Lannerd as part of the family. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Jonda Steinkamp, and his parents.

Jack's father, Benjamin, passed away when he was just seven years old. He was raised by a strong, determined and kind, single parent, Stella (Duker) Souders. With her guidance he found the love of family and faith and learned perseverance.

Jack's proudest and most lasting legacy was his family. His family will miss him, his quiet wisdom, and unfaltering support more than words can convey.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. in the Church of St. Peter. Interment in Quincy Memorial Park with military honors. Visitation will be held on Saturday, morning 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. at the church. Memorials may be made to Church of St. Peter or a charity of the donor's choice. Services are in care of Duker & Haugh Funeral Home. Message may be shared online at www.dukerandhaugh.com.

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From:
Mike Lavery
Quincy, IL
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A steady, kind and good man! Our condos to the family.
From:
Laura A. Megown
Quincy, IL
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Chris- I am so sorry to here about the passing of your dad. You have my deepest sympathy. Prayers for comfort and peace!
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Lori Nyi
Monmouth, IL
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My second dad. Mr. Souders was always kind and welcoming and I so enjoyed all my time with the Souders family. He will be dearly missed.
From:
Ruth Lantz
Quincy, IL
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So sorry for your loss! Prayers for you and your family
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linda Willing
Quincy, IL
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To Jack's Family and Mary. What a great guy and special couple. Janet and I truly enjoyed our lunches on Kelly's patio with you two. Those were the best of times. Sending our heartfelt sympathy to all of you. Linda and Dave Willing.
From:
Tim and Donna Lenane
Quincy, IL
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Susie, we are so sorry to hear about your dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
From:
Jim Citro
Quincy, IL
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Jack was a truly nice man with an engaging smile and an obvious strong faith . Prayers and condolences to the family at least one of whom I had the honor to teach .
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Mike and Sally Blickhan
Quincy, IL
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Chris, Susie, and family.
So sorry for your loss. Your Dad was a Man from the Greatest Generation who will be sorely missed, not only by your family, but the entire community. Thoughts and prayers from the Blickhans.
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Mark A. Wiewel
Quincy, IL
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Mary & Family:
Very sorry for your loss.
Eternal rest Jack
Chaplain Mark
Blessing Hospital
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Susie Lee
Quincy, IL
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Susie, Chris & family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Jack was a great man. Your whole family has been such a great extended family to Amy.

I know this has left a huge whole in all of your hearts.

Thinking & praying for all you! I am not able to attend the services as I will be out of town but am sending virtual hugs & support to all of you!

Susie (Kientzle) Lee
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Roger Player
Quincy, IL
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Mrs. Souders, Nancy & I wish to express our condolences to you & the family on the passing is Jack. I am forever grateful to him for the athletic basics he instilled in us as a CYO coach. Rest In Peace, coach.
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Michael McClain
Quincy, IL
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First of all Jack Souders was a rare MAN. He was kind, thoughtful, strong, Faith driven and loved his Family. You would often see jack and Mary walking in the parking lot on their was to celebrate the Mass...holding hands. Our deepest sympathy and prayers to Mary and his Family. We are in South Dakota with our children, spouses and our grandchildren. We are so sorry we will not be able to celebrate his Life during the Wake, Mass and Cemetery. What a MAN! We were all blessed knowing him, talking with him, smiling with his contagious smile. We will miss him as will our Parish and our community. God Bless you Mary and your entire Family......Love, Mike and Cinda
From:
Michael McClain
Quincy, IL
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Please forgive me I failed to include all the children. My fault. I meant no disrespect. Mea culpa......God Bless and our sympathy and prayers to all of you, too! Mike
From:
Michael Mason
Quincy, IL
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My condolences to Mary and the family.
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Lonny Lemon
San Tan Valley, AZ
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I am so sorry for your loss. The City of Quincy and more important, your family, has lost a great man. I will pray that God will give you the strength you need in the days ahead, and that HE will fill your hearts with the great memories that you created, and shared with him. God Bless.
From:
The Ed Schuering Family
Blue Springs, MO
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Sorry for your loss. Your family is in out thoughts and prayers
From:
Jerry & Sue Schmidt
Carrollton, IL
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Our deepest sympathy to the Souder Family. Your Dad was such. Sweet man. Our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.
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Ted McCaughey
Peoria, AZ
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What an incredible man who had an incredible life..
He always treated me as one of his own.
God bless Mary, Pat, his sisters and all the family. My prayers are with you.
May he rest in peace.
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FR. TIM O'BRIEN
Washington DC, DC
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My prayers are with all of you.
May the Lord grant Dad peace and life everlasting, and may bless his family with the rich memories of a man who loved life, family, and his God.
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Peter OShanick
Arlington, VA
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I've had the honor of being Pat and Amy's friend for a decade, and getting to spend time with Jack when he would visit the DC area was always a delight. It takes a uniquely caring man to build a family like Jack's and we're all blessed to have his influence in our lives.
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Ted Awerkamp
Quincy, IL
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To Mary, Chris, Cindy, Susie, Stacy and Pat, I just learned minutes ago of Jack's passing. What a rare privilege I had as a young man of spending a great amount of time around a gentleman keeping a close eye on me, and then getting to know Jack as a great friend of our dad over the years as I "matured", and only then realizing how fortunate I was to have had that exposure. What a great pleasure always to run into them. Jack and Mary's union defined family, and it seemed quite normal to me as I was fortunate to grow up in a similar household. The Souder's clan personified family, a reflection of their parents. I'd be willing to bet their grandchildren and great grandchildren are on similar paths. My sincere condolences to all, and blessed memories in the days ahead.
From:
Jack Terford
Quincy, IL
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Mary, My deepest sympathy and prayers to you and the family. I remember Jack back in the grade school days as an outstanding baseball player. He will be missed but has attained his eternal goal.
From:
Penny Terstriep
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Chris,
So sorry for your loss. Thought and prayers for you and your family.
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Ted kemnèr
Quincy, IL
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You were a fine man Jack

Ted
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Linda Hilgenbrinck and Tammy Beeler Hilgenbrinck
Lake Dallas, TX
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Susie and the entire family-
We are so very sorry to learn of your dad’s passing. Thinking of you all at this difficult time. Linda and Tammy
From:
Carla Slough
Quincy, IL
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Mary and family, Dennis and I are so sorry for your loss! You are in our prayers! God bless!
From:
Lisa Musolino-Scholz
ELLENTON, FL
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Our prayers are with you Souder family as you adjust to life with Mr. Souders transitioning into his next life with our Lord. Lisa & Tom
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Dewey Kalmer
The Villages, FL
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Mary I'm a friend from decades past, but will never forget all the kindness that you and Jack gave to my wife Carol and myself. You two were part of our wonderful experience in Quincy. Jack was a good man and a positive influence in the Quincy Community. He certainly leaves an outstanding Legacy.
From:
Becky (Jansen) Coelho
Quincy, IL
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Mary & family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I so enjoyed when Jack would come to the pool with Mary...btw I really miss you, Mary. Remember all the smiles and good times when you think of Jack. God bless you all.
From:
Steve Marold
Quincy, IL
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Sorry for your loss! Condolences to the entire Sounders family!
From:
Mary VanKanegan
Quincy, IL
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Dear Souders Family, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Souders. My parents were such great friends of Jack and Mary . I’m sure they are welcoming him at the bridge table !!
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Reg Ankrom
Quincy, IL
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Those fortunate enough to know Jack know him for great kindness and a generous spirit. Jack was among the old guard who welcomed younger guys to the community he loved. He never criticized a golf swing he knew would never be better. Our visits were less frequent in recent years, but Jack never forgot a friendship. Our sympathy to his family and friends.
From:
The Kolb Family
JEFFERSON CTY, MO
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Your family is in our thoughts and we pray that you all find peace in your many memories.
Doug, Angie, Miranda & Alison Kolb
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Lynne/George Scholz
Quincy, IL
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We could go on and on ... and on about Coach Jack Souders and the Souders Family. Tremendous teammates Joe Terwelp, Roger Player, Bruce Miller, Steve Roberts and countless other St. Peter’s, CYO, QND ... we dare say even some blue devils (lower case) could also go on and on! Coach Dan Ernst and the Ernst Family could too! Such a great man and Family ... a wonderful example/examples! Could go on and on but will just limit this to so many words ... Veteran, Hero, Quincyan, Leader, Family Man, Coach! As vitally important as those first few words/descriptions are ... to us ... Coach Jack Souders will always be remembered as a great Family Man and Coach! Lynne is in Colorado with the GrandBabies today but I was honored to offer our condolences today and visit with the Souders Family (and many other teammates and friends attending) celebrating Jack’s Life, Legacy and wonderful example! Must add I met Alexa and McCayla (Olivia’s Classmates) in the Vestibule ... viewing the many great Flower Arrangements ... including from the Chicago Cubs! What a couple of beautiful, poised, mature young ladies! Our condolences and God Bless.
From:
Linda Booker Dinges
Oglesby, IL
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Dear Mary and all the Souders family,
I offer my sympathy and love as I was informed of Dad’s passing to his eternal reward. Please know you are all in my prayers and the memories of your husband and father are memories that I cherish as a child growing up in Quincy.
May you find strength in your faith and family love. May God bless each and everyone of you.