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2931 South Koke Mill Road, Springfield, IL

OBITUARY

L. Milton McClure

August 23, 1941July 12, 2019
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L. Milton McClure, 77, of Springfield, formerly of Beardstown, passed away on Friday, July 12, 2019 at his home.

He was born August 23, 1941 in Chicago, IL, to Lloyd Milton McClure and Margaret Steadman McClure.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Suzanne [Monts] McClure, three children, Merredith (Alan) Dodds of Champaign; Lloyd M. “Trey” (Dhey) McClure of Chicago; and Kelly (Eric) Grady of Mt. Sterling, four grandchildren, Benjamin Dodds and Caroline Dodds of Dallas, TX; Carlee and Camryn Grady of Mt. Sterling, one brother, George S. (Wyllia) McClure of Beardstown and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his son L. Matthew McClure.

Mr. McClure graduated from Beardstown High School in the Class of 1959. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Accountancy and from University of Illinois College of Law. He was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, being named a Significant Sig in 2012. After graduation he worked as a CPA for Arthur Anderson Accounting Firm in Chicago before he was called into service in the U.S. Army where he served in Vietnam, earning a Bronze Star. He then returned to Beardstown, IL where he joined the family law firm and practiced law for 45 years, retiring in 2014.

Mr. McClure was a member of the Board of Regents for the State of Illinois from 1982 to 1993. He was a member of Cass Lodge #23 AF&AM in Beardstown, serving as Master of the Lodge in 1983; ANSAR Shrine, serving as Potentate in 2000; and the Royal Order of Jesters. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Beardstown and an associate member of the First United Methodist Church in Springfield. He was a Certified Lay Speaker for the United Methodist Church.

Services are under the direction of Bisch Funeral Home West, 2931 S. Koke Mill Rd., Springfield. Cass Lodge #23 AF&AM will conduct Masonic Rites at 1:45 pm on Sunday, July 21, 2019. A brief Memorial Service will begin at 2 pm followed by visitation until 5 pm, all at the funeral home. A private family burial with Military Honors will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children.

Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at www.bischfuneralhomewest.com where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.

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Services

  • Masonic Rites Sunday, July 21, 2019
  • Memorial Service Sunday, July 21, 2019
  • Memorial Visitation Sunday, July 21, 2019

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Mark Vincent

July 21, 2019

I remember first meeting Milt in the spring of 1990 in his office. I needed a summer clerkship after my first year of law school. I was immediately smitten by his smooth voice and mannerisms. I was impressed by his eclectic, windowless office, containing an interesting combination of law books, papers and equipment as well as a nicely displayed collection of paperweights and other interesting items. He even had a Halligan plane hanging from the ceiling! I decided to work there for the summer and it is a decision I’ve never regretted. Milt and all of the partners at McClure, Brannan & Hardwick taught me so much about the practice of law, about business, about dealing with people and about life. Milt also knew the importance of public service and giving back. He convinced me to join the Masons, the Shriners and Rotary International and they have been a big part of my life ever since. I regret that over the years, as my practice shifted to that of a prosecutor, I did not get to see Milt as often. I enjoyed catching up whenever we would see each other. I owe a lot to Milt and will always treasure my memories of him. My sincere condolences to Suzie, Merredith, Trey, Kelly and their families.

Roger Grimmett

July 20, 2019

Milt was a special man who loved God and neighbor with all his might. He struck me as a man of great faith and elegance. He conducted his life with such grace. I am thankful for having known Milt for two years. And I am thankful that he now rests in the loving arms of Jesus!

Mac Shotwell

July 20, 2019

Suzanne and family,

May the same Lord that Milt loved and served comfort you as you bid farewell to his physical presence and focus on his eternal life in Heaven.

His love of life and his devotion to family and friends; his love for supply preaching and teaching; his ability to face the reality of his death---these are among the hallmarks that marked his life and helped us appreciate him.

Hold on to the happy memories and celebrate the fact that he is free from suffering and pain, at home with Jesus.

With Love, Mac Shotwell

Betty & Damon Smith

July 20, 2019

Suzie, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We have fond memories of Milt.

Gordon & Rosemary Stephens

July 19, 2019

Suzie, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We will always remember the wonderful times with Milt and you.

Julie Skiles

July 18, 2019

Milt was a family friend for years. He was my lawyer, and helped with my uncle's will too. He came to my dad's funeral, which I so appreciated. He helped me get through a very difficult time, and I treasured his friendship. He was a very good man, and I pray for you and your family. May God bless and comfort you.

Alice Post

July 18, 2019

I was pleased to know Milt during the short time I knew him. We were all blessed that he was willing to share his knowledge and strong belief in the Lord even when he knew his illness was terminal.
My sympathy is with his entire family and friends, but most of all to Suzanne who bore his children and stayed right with him supporting him in his illness everyday. May the Lord continue to hold you in his hands. Sincerely,

Jon and L.J. RICE

July 18, 2019

So sorry to hear of Milt's passing remembering Sunday school at the Methodist church, always had a good time he will be missed. R.I.P our dear friend. Condolences to the family.

Nancy Wedeking

July 18, 2019

We are so sorry for your loss of Milt, Jr. as we knew him!
Milt was such a special person serving a lifetime as a devoted attorney in the law firm with his father and younger brother, George, in our beloved hometown of Beardstown, Illinois!
Milt was very much his father’s son, a loyal friend, sharing laughter, fun and honesty in his business dealings and faithfully serving the community. He will be greatly missed!
Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you!
May God grant you strength and peace during this difficult time!
Most Sincerely,
Nancy Wedeking
Dr. & Mrs. Fred Wedeking
Peggy Mulligan-White

Dawn Shellhammer

July 17, 2019

Suzie and Family
I am so sorry for your loss. I met Milt at Ansar Shrine, he was a nice man. Always had a smile and pleasant when he came to Ansar.

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Remember all the good times.

Dawn Shellhammer

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Biography

L. Milton McClure, 77, of Springfield, formerly of Beardstown, passed away on Friday, July 12, 2019 at his home.

He was born August 23, 1941 in Chicago, IL, to Lloyd Milton McClure and Margaret Steadman McClure.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Suzanne [Monts] McClure, three children, Merredith (Alan) Dodds of Champaign; Lloyd M. “Trey” (Dhey) McClure of Chicago; and Kelly (Eric) Grady of Mt. Sterling, four grandchildren, Benjamin Dodds and Caroline Dodds of Dallas, TX; Carlee and Camryn Grady of Mt. Sterling, one brother, George S. (Wyllia) McClure of Beardstown and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his son L. Matthew McClure.

Mr. McClure graduated from Beardstown High School in the Class of 1959. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Accountancy and from University of Illinois College of Law. He was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, being named a Significant Sig in 2012. After graduation he worked as a CPA for Arthur Anderson Accounting Firm in Chicago before he was called into service in the U.S. Army where he served in Vietnam, earning a Bronze Star. He then returned to Beardstown, IL where he joined the family law firm and practiced law for 45 years, retiring in 2014.

Mr. McClure was a member of the Board of Regents for the State of Illinois from 1982 to 1993. He was a member of Cass Lodge #23 AF&AM in Beardstown, serving as Master of the Lodge in 1983; ANSAR Shrine, serving as Potentate in 2000; and the Royal Order of Jesters. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Beardstown and an associate member of the First United Methodist Church in Springfield. He was a Certified Lay Speaker for the United Methodist Church.

Services are under the direction of Bisch Funeral Home West, 2931 S. Koke Mill Rd., Springfield. Cass Lodge #23 AF&AM will conduct Masonic Rites at 1:45 pm on Sunday, July 21, 2019. A brief Memorial Service will begin at 2 pm followed by visitation until 5 pm, all at the funeral home. A private family burial with Military Honors will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children.

Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at www.bischfuneralhomewest.com where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.