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Semple, John “Jack”

d. September 22, 2011

John Gordon “Jack” Semple, age 83, of Athens, passed away at 6:04 AM on Thursday September 22, 2011 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

He was born in Washington, D.C. on September 11, 1928, to parents, Arthur and Lela Oglesby Semple, and to a family of three sisters and a twin brother.

Jack is preceded in death by his parents and a sister Marge. He is also preceded in death by his second wife, Adrienne, in 1995.

He married Helen Davis in April 1951. After graduating from the University of Illinois, he joined the U.S. Marine Corp, serving as a Second LT during the Korean War until 1952.

Jack then worked with Angus Cattle as a herdsman and manager until 1973. He later worked at Monfort of Colorado retiring from there in 1984.

In his later years, Jack bought a small horse farm in Cantrall, IL raising cattle and boarding horses until 2010.

He was a member of the New Life Baptist Church in Athens and a past-member of the Athens Rotary Club.

He married Jo Fisher from Chatham on April 20, 1988.

Surviving are his wife of 23 years, Jo Fisher; two sisters, Sally from Texas and Judy Bell of New Mexico; a twin brother, James of West Virginia; two daughters, Kathy Siegrist of Laurel, MT and Holly Miller of Middleton, WI ; and two sons, Scott and Doug Semple of Round Lake Beach, IL.

Services will be held at New Life Baptist Church in Athens where visitation will be held from 2:00 until time of funeral services there at 3:00 PM on Sunday, September 25, 2011.

Burial will be held at Roselawn Memorial Park in Springfield, Illinois

Rev. Milt Crain officiating.


  1. Jo: Peace & Prayers to you and Jack’s family… May Jack have many blessings in Heaven! I truly appreciate the kindness that you and Jack showed me when we were neighbors in Cantrall and for sharing your faith with me. Thinking of you,

    Debbie Alexander & family.

  2. Dear Jo, We were so sorry to hear that Jack had passed away. We know that he is now at peace with Our Lord; however, we will all miss his smile, all of his chipper comments and the MANY wonderful things he did for everyone. We will always remember all the visits Jack and you made to my parents when they were at Heritage Manor and The Villa. All the food/gifts you took to them, the visits to your home, the trips to see the farms, were special highlights during that time in their lives. We also appreciate all the food you brought to us at the time of our parents passing; we wish we could return the favor, at this time. Please know that we are with you in spirit and that we pray that God’s love will surround you and help you to remember all the good times you shared with Jack over the 23 years of your marriage. Our love, John and Beverly Brown Warner

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