James "Jay" Nelson McCormick

May 4, 1942February 26, 2019

James Nelson (Jay) McCormick, died Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. The son of R.G. and Frances McCormick, Jay married Diane Rouleau on August 15, 1964. She survives. Also surviving are his son, Michael (Kathy) McCormick of Metamora, and his daughter, Mary (Scott) Mayer of San Antonio. Two grandchildren, Jack and Brooke McCormick, and a sister Judy (Dale) Lowry, also survive. After graduating from Peoria High School, Jay attended the University of Tulsa, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He received a bachelor’s degree in education from Illinois State University and master’s degree in administration from Bradley University. Jay began his teaching career in Tinley Park, IL before returning to his high school alma mater, where he was a guidance counselor and coach. He then worked as both an assistant principal and principal at Richwoods High School. After retiring he had various jobs including interim Friendship House director, Concordia Grade School principal, Peoria Chiefs ticket manager and Madison Golf Course assistant groundkeeper. Jay was also past president and active member of Rotary Club of Peoria North and a sixty-year member of First Federated Church in Peoria, IL. A memorial visitation will be held Sunday, March 3, 2019 from 4-7 p.m. and Monday, March 4, 2019 from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. at First Federated Church. A memorial service will begin at 11:00 a.m. Monday at the church. The Rev. Dr. Forrest Krummel will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be made at


  • R.G. and Frances McCormick, Parents
  • Diane McCormick, Wife
  • Michael (Kathy) McCormick, Son
  • Mary (Scott) Mayer, Daughter
  • Jack and Brooke McCormick, Grandchildren
  • Judy (Dale) Lowry, Sister


  • Memorial Visitation Sunday, March 3, 2019
  • Memorial Visitation Monday, March 4, 2019
  • Memorial Service Monday, March 4, 2019

James "Jay" Nelson McCormick

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Cleve Klopfenstein

March 6, 2019

I knew Jay as a wonderful and caring guidance counselor, an involved and devoted Rotarian, and as an active fellow YMCA member. But most and best of all, Jay was a true and loyal friend. He will be missed.

Karen Oberlander

March 5, 2019

Diane,Mike and Mary,
We are in Florida now and just found out about Jay’s passing.
We can’t tell you how sorry we are and want to send our love and deepest sympathy to you all.
What a special ,sweet wonderful fun guy! How blessed everyone was to know and love him.
Love to you all. Doug & Karen Oberlander

John Kuhlen

March 5, 2019

Jay and I were Delta Omega Sigma Chi fraternity brothers and roommates in the Sigma Chi house in the early 60's at the University of Tulsa.
Jay was a great fraternity brother and roommate because of his sense of humor and confident, positive and supportive attitude. You could always depend on him to help and he always followed through.
A natural leader, Jay directed Delta Omega's intramural athletic teams and with his leadership, Delta Omega had fun while winning many championships. He cheerfully proclaimed he and I were the "Gold Dust" twins for our intramural sporting activities.
Jay brought out the best in people, and we loved to be around him. As "Gold Dust" enters the Chapter Eternal, he will be deeply missed.

Bob Newell

March 4, 2019

In the early 60's there were a bunch of guys from Illinois at the University of Tulsa, and most of us were Sigma Chis. Jay McCormick was one of them, and one of the very best. A loyal friend, with a sense of humor, and a good student, he lived the ideals of Sigma Chi and made a strong contribution to our fraternity. The Illinois group were particularly close, as we lived together in the fraternity house and traveled to and from Illinois together during breaks. No doubt anyone who knew Jay has a "McCormick Story". At that age none of us were thinking about our later lives, and most of us have been fortunate to live good ones and long ones. Jay made a lot of people's lives a bit better for knowing him. He will be missed.
Bob Newell
TU 1963

Janell Myers

March 2, 2019

My heartfelt condolences to the family. I remember Mr. McCormick (as I knew him) as a gentle, compassionate, and well respected guidance counselor at Peoria High School. May he rest in peace, and the family find comfort in happy memories.

caroline mehlenbeck

March 1, 2019

Diane, such sad news........many memories from the past. My sincerest condolences to you and your family.

Duke Griffey

March 1, 2019

Jay was a stellar Delta Omega Sigma Chi @ Tulsa University.
He was one of the many who gravitated from Illinois to TU during those early years of the 60's.
Jay lived in the Sig House and I seem to remember that he was active as an athlete but, alas, don't recall the specifics of all of that.
I do remember that in his room at the Sig House he took the bottom bunk in a two-decker bunk. Taped to the bottom of the bunk above was the following: "when the going gets tough, the tough get going."
It always seemed appropriate to me in describing Brother Jay.
It is a sad time as he becomes a member of the Chapter Eternal. He will be missed by all Delta Omega Sigma Chi Brothers.
We wish you peace, my brother, and our prayerful thoughts to your family.

Gabriel Baumgardner

February 28, 2019

Dear Friends and Family of Jay: May God grant you all a full measure of His blessing at this time of grief and mourning. Although I had lost contact with Jay and most of our class of 1960, nevertheless there is a part of our collective experience missing with Jay's passing. Peace be with you. The Rev. G. B. (Gabe) Baumgardner

Ken Maubach

February 28, 2019

Mr. McCormick was a respected teacher and coach during my years at PHS. He was always one you could trust to have your own well being at heart. Later, when our paths would cross, he was always cheerful and grateful for a chat. Our prayers to the family and friends who will miss him dearly. Ken and Sally Maubach

Corky King

February 28, 2019

Jay was a great friend, father, husband and principal. Our thoughts go out to Diane, Mic, and Mary. He will be truly missed.