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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened to
3learn of the death of Gerald C. "Jerry" Stapel of Toulon, who
4passed away on May 6, 2013; and
5    WHEREAS, Gerald Stapel was born on May 7, 1928, in
6Phillips, Wisconsin, to Frederick and Charlotte Kasper Stapel;
7he entered the U.S. Army in December 1950 and served with the
87th Infantry Division in Korea during 1951 and 1952; he was
9awarded the Korean Service Medal with 3 Bronze Stars and the
10United States Service Medal; he married Audrey Gerard on March
1129, 1954, in Kewanee; and
12    WHEREAS, Gerald Stapel graduated from the Illinois School
13of Banking at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and
14from the School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin at
15Madison and began working at State Bank of Toulon as a
16bookkeeper in 1953; he became assistant cashier in 1958 and was
17elected to the board of directors and presidency in 1970; he
18retired from the bank in 1990, but continued as a member of the
19board of directors until 2000; and
20    WHEREAS, Gerald Stapel was a member and past president of
21the Toulon VFW Post #8825 and a member of the Toulon American
22Legion Post #416; he attended the Toulon United Methodist



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1Church; and
2    WHEREAS, Gerald Stapel liked to give back to his community
3and was part of several civic organizations; he was one of the
4organizers of the Stark County Health Center and Sunshine
5Village; he was active in the Old Settlers' Association where
6he was co-chairman of Toulon's 150th anniversary celebration;
7he served on the board of Kewanee Hospital and the Black Hawk
8East Foundation; he was past president of the Toulon Grade
9School Board of Education, the Toulon Chamber of Commerce, and
10the Toulon Lions Club; he served 17 years as Toulon City Clerk
11and was Treasurer of the Stark County Republican Central
12Committee; and
13    WHEREAS, Gerald Stapel was inducted into the Black Hawk
14East Wall of Fame in September 1998; he enjoyed spending time
15with his grandchildren and going to the NCAA Final Four
16basketball games with his son and grandsons for many years; and
17    WHEREAS, Gerald Stapel was preceded in death by his
18parents; his brothers, Edmond, Don, and Willie Stapel; and his
19sister, Virginia King; and
20    WHEREAS, Gerald Stapel is survived by his wife, Audrey; his
21son, Jerry J. (Cindy) Stapel; his grandchildren, Christopher,
22Jonathan (Mary), and Bethany Stapel; his great-granddaughter,



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1Anna Bryn Stapel; his brother, Fred Stapel; his sister, June
2(Irvin) Lampson; and his brother-in-law, Orville King;
3therefore, be it
5ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn the passing of
6Gerald C. Stapel, and extend our sincere condolences to his
7family, friends, and all who knew and loved him; and be it
9    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
10presented to the family of Gerald Stapel as an expression of
11our deepest sympathy.