John “Jack” Cosgrove, I

John “Jack” Cosgrove, I age 87, of Quincy, died on Saturday, May 13, 2023, at Sunset Home. John was born in Quincy, IL on November 8, 1935, son of William and Edith (Willard) Cosgrove. Jack joined Wanda (Atteberry) Smith in marriage in 1982, she survives.

Jack worked for Motorola before working and retiring from Moorman Manufacturing after thirty-seven years. After his retirement, Jack worked at Buford Ward Chevrolet.

Jack was a graduate of Quincy Notre Dame in 1953 and was proud to have been a member of the U.S. Army Reserves. He was a lifelong member of St. Francis Solanus Catholic Church.

Jack loved working in his yard and around the house. Merle Haggard could often be heard playing on his radio. He greatly enjoyed his classic cars but was also known for riding his bike to work and around town. John and Wanda rode their bicycles and walked many miles together throughout the years.

He and Wanda were members of the Quincy Family YMCA for over forty years. John enjoyed sharing Werther’s Originals with the wonderful staff at the YMCA.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda; his sons, John Cosgrove,II of Quincy, Jeff L. Cosgrove (Elizabeth) of Anthem AZ and Jerald C. Cosgrove of Quincy. Stepchildren Wanita F. Thompson of Bloomington IL, Kevin L. Smith of Quincy, Scott O. Smith (Jeannine) of Quincy. Jack is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren great-great grandchildren and best friend and beloved dog, “Mattie Sue,” who visited Jack regularly at Sunset Home.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Ned Bremser and brother and sister-in-law, William and Rose Cosgrove.

Funeral services will be held on Friday May 19, 2023, beginning at 9:30 AM with a prayer service at the Duker & Haugh Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM St. Francis Catholic Church in Quincy IL. Interment in Calvary Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Thursday from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the Duker & Haugh Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Quincy Humane Society or to the YMCA. Service arrangements are in the care of Duker & Haugh Funeral Home. Messages may be shared online at


  1. Dick & Pat Wentura on May 16, 2023 at 2:57 pm

    Dear Wanda and Cosgrove Family,
    Condolences from the Wenturas. Thinking of you and remembering Jack.
    As ever,
    Dick & Pat

  2. Don Benz on May 17, 2023 at 7:02 am

    Wanda and Family – I am sorry for your loss – I wish you peace

  3. Doug Bandy on May 17, 2023 at 7:58 am

    One hell of man RIP Jack

  4. Mary Frances McDowell on May 17, 2023 at 9:31 am

    Dear Wanda and family,
    You and the family will be in our prayers.
    I would like to attend, but I have a medical problem with my foot now.
    God bless you and I’ll remember you all in my prayers

  5. Bing Welper on May 17, 2023 at 10:03 am

    Jack and I have been good friends for a lifetime ever since growing up going to St. Rose School He will be missed by all God Bless Wanda and all of the family.

  6. Phyllis Schulte on May 17, 2023 at 12:52 pm

    Wanda…my sincere sympathy to you and your family.

  7. Fran Adolfs on May 17, 2023 at 12:59 pm

    Sorry for your loss. Will certainly miss him if we have a reunion this year. Fran Adolfs

  8. Jeff L. Cosgrove on May 18, 2023 at 3:46 am

    All, thank you for your kind words and support of our family as we celebrate
    and remember the life of my father. I miss him already.

  9. Stan & Mary Musholt on May 21, 2023 at 7:40 am

    We are sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. One of the friendliest and sincerest of people. He will be remembered in our prayers.

  10. Sandy Polley on May 29, 2023 at 7:57 am

    Wanda, I am so sorry for your loss of hubby Jack. We just got home last night from Tenn. and i just say this. You are in our hearts and prayers.

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