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Charles "Bud" Concklin

December 2, 1943 — December 4, 2023

Charles "Bud" Concklin

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Bloomington – Charles “Bud” Concklin, age 80, of Bloomington, died at 12:48 p.m. on Monday, December 4, 2023 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington due to a stroke. 

His funeral mass will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 11, 2023 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Bloomington with Father Jeff Stirniman, Father Dustin Schultz, and Monsignor Doug Hennessy concelebrating. Visitation will be held from 3:00-6:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 10, 2023 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church and also will be held an hour before the funeral mass on Monday at church. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Normal where military rites will be accorded by the Bloomington-Normal American Legion Honor Guard. 

Memorials may be made to the Central Catholic High School Football Team. Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home in Bloomington is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Bud was born December 2, 1943 in Bloomington, the son of Charles “Bubs” and Eleanor Concklin. He married Sandra Halsey on December 2, 1967, they had three children, she survives. He married Ellen Schroeder on April 2, 1989 in Bloomington, she survives. 

Survivors also include two daughters, Julie (Kevin) Bott of Prospect Heights and Jennifer Concklin of Bloomington; son, Charles James (Wendy) of Prospect Heights; twin grandsons, Jeffery and Jordan Concklin; grandsons, James Ryan Concklin and Charlie, Henry and William Bott; granddaughters, Hannah, Layla, and Naomi Concklin and Grace Bott; brother, John (Sue Ellen) Concklin; sisters, Christine Currin and Colleen (John) Crawford; and brothers-in-law, Art Schroeder and Steve (Paula) Schroeder. Also surviving are his nieces and nephews - Sienna and Sonia Schroeder, Colleen Graham, Mollie Dodd, Johnathon Concklin, Melissa Eichelberger, Elaina Siok, and Catherine Lothspeich; and great-nieces and great-nephews, Charlie and Olivia Graham, Jackson, Emily and Katie Dodd, Jade Concklin, Chaz and Maya Eichelberger, and John, Ryan, Charlie, and Samantha Siok, and JJ, Drew, Cate, and Bubba Lothspeich. Bud is also survived by several cousins. 

His parents preceded him in death, along with brother-in-law, Jack Currin, and nephew, JJ Kinsell.

He was a 1961 graduate of Holy Trinity High School and a 1974 graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. He also attended St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. 

Bud was a 4-sport athlete (football, basketball, golf, and track/field) at Trinity High School and went to the Illinois High School State Finals in golf. He also played on the Illinois Wesleyan University golf team for Coach Don Larsen. 

He worked for Clemens & Associates Insurance as an insurance agent for 30 years. Prior to his employment at Clemens & Associates, he was the golf professional and grounds superintendent at Lakeside Country Club. After retirement, he was a substitute teacher at the Hammitt Jr/Sr High School and assisted with the running of Holy Cross and St. Mary’s cemeteries in Bloomington-Normal. 

Bud proudly served his Country in the United States Army Military Police (4th Armored Division) from 1964 to 1966. He served 19 months in Germany. Bud received designation as a sharpshooter with rifle and pistol. 

Bud was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. He was a former member of Lakeside Country Club and served on their board of directors. He also served on the Lakeside Condominium Board of Directors. He was a past president of the CCHS Booster Club, served on the Childrens Healthcare Council and tutored English as a 2nd language teacher for Star Literacy. 

During Bud’s tenure as Lakeside’s golf professional, he taught many young boys and girls how to golf through the Junior Golf Program. Those young boys and girls are now adults and quite a few still call him “Uncle Bud.”

He organized the CCHS girls golf team in 1976 and coached them (including daughter Julie) for several years. For over 40 years he served as the kicking coach for the CCHS football team and coached various Junior League football teams. Participating in those football teams were son Jim and grandsons Jeff and Jordan. In addition, he coached CCHS boys track. Bud assisted at IWU as the kicking coach in 2016. 

Bud recorded 6 holes-in-one during his lifetime. Bud played semi-professional football for two years, one year in Joliet and the other in Bloomington for Coach Chuck Armitage and the Twin City Trojans. 

Bud participated in numerous fund-raising activities throughout the community and was always willing to lend a helping hand. 

Bud was rich in friends and treasured each and every one. 

Bud was a good man. So far, so good! 

 

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Visitation

Sunday, December 10, 2023

3:00 - 6:00 pm (Central time)

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711 N Main St, Bloomington, IL 61701

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Visitation

Monday, December 11, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

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Monday, December 11, 2023

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