Jack B. North, 91, of Springfield, Mo. passed away on January 20, 2010 in Springfield, Mo. Dr. North was a United Methodist Minister. He served several pastorates in Illinois over a 44-year ministry including churches in Cissna Park, El Paso, Peoria, Kankakee, and Champaign and as the Pontiac District Superintendent. Dr. North was Minister Emeritus at Asbury Methodist Church in Kankakee, Ill. His last appointment was Assistant to the Bishop of Central Illinois, from which he retired. Dr. North also served as trustee of Illinois Wesleyan University and the Methodist Hospital of Central Illinois in Peoria.
His community involvement included founding the Kankakee, Ill. chapter of the Human Relations Commission, a member of the Kankakee Interfaith Commission, the Kankakee County Community Action Program, and the Organization Committee for the "halfway house," a project to care for mentally ill patients being discharged from local hospitals. He served as chairman of the Red Cross, division chairman of the United Fund, and president of the Ministerial Association. On retirement, Dr. North and his wife Martha moved to Springfield, Mo. Dr. North received an A.B. Degree from Drury University and a B.D. degree from Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill. He also received honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees from Illinois Wesleyan University and Wiley College in Texas.
Throughout his life, he was an avid fisherman. In retirement he enjoyed traveling, volunteering (Cox and St. John's Hospitals), music, e-mailing friends, eBay, and being with family. Dr. North attended Schweitzer United Methodist Church in Springfield, Mo.
Dr. North was preceded in death by his first wife, Sara Darracott; parents, Roy C. and Lelia North; aunt, Nettie North, all of Springfield, Mo.; son-in-law, Samuel W. Anderson of Hinsdale, Ill., and great-great-grandson, Jayden Norten of Kankakee, Ill. Dr. North is survived by his wife, Martha B. North of Springfield, Mo.; daughters, Charlotte Brouillette of Bonfield, Ill. and Rebecca North of Santa Rita, Guam; sons, David and his wife, Linda of Overland Park, Kan..; and John and his wife, Mary of St. Joseph, Ill.; step-daughters, Jane Baxter of Eden Prairie, Minn., and Kathy Anderson of Hinsdale, Ill.; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Services in celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, January 22, 2010, at Schweitzer United Methodist Church in Springfield, Mo., with Reverends Casady, Lampert, Mason officiating and at 5 p.m., Saturday, January 23, 2010 at the First United Methodist Church in Champaign, Ill., with Reverend Harter officiating, with visitation with the family after both services.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Schweitzer United Methodist Church or the Jack B. North Endowment at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Development Office, 2121 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60201-9966