Lawrence ‘Larry’ Costigan
Date of Birth
February 11, 1955
Date of Passing
November 22, 2023
Date, Time, & Place of Visitation
Monday, November 27th from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Duker & Haugh Funeral Home
Date, Time, & Place of Funeral
Tuesday, November 28, 2023 at 9:30 in the Duker & Haugh Funeral Home and a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in St. Francis Catholic Church
The Mississippi Valley Hunters and Fishermen Association or to St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital
Lawrence (Larry) J. Costigan of Quincy, IL, died unexpectedly the afternoon of November 22, 2023 in his home at 68 years old.
Larry was born on February 11, 1955 in Quincy, IL to James (Jim) & Dorothy (Giese) Costigan.
He married his high school sweetheart, Gail K. Hess on February 16, 1974 at St. Boniface Church in Quincy. The two were married for 49 years just three months shy of 50. Larry and Gail are the parents of Colleen (Patrick) Johnson of Decatur, IL, Patrick Costigan of Elkader, Iowa, Christopher (Reagan) Costigan of Quincy, IL and Lauren Patel of St. Charles, MO.
Larry attended St. John’s Grade School in Quincy as well as Christian Brothers High School. He was involved in archery, scouting and earned the Eagle Scout Award. He is a member of St. Francis Solanus Church.
He worked at Huck Fixture, Co. in Quincy from 1973 until 1995. Larry then started his own business, Quincy Masonry Construction, Inc., with co-owner Rick Omer. In 2015 he became sole owner of Quincy Masonry, Inc. and operated the business through 2018. Many beautiful homes and business were constructed with the utmost precision and care in the tri-state region over those years and Larry was proud of those accomplishments. Had it not been for the hard work and wear and tear on his body he would have loved to have continued that craft.
Larry was a hard worker and committed to only the highest quality. Not one to waste, saving anything useful and proud when he found that one item needed in his stash.
He was a talented taxidermist for over 50 years having produced hundreds of pieces for proud and excited hunters, his sons and himself. Never satisfied, he was constantly learning new ways to perfect his art up until his death. Originally a carpenter by trade, he enjoyed wood working. He cut down the red oaks that he milled, dried, shaped and finished for all the woodwork and doors in his home.
Larry was an avid hunter and fishermen since the age of 12. He loved every aspect of the sport and was most happy and proud when his sons and grandchildren shared in that adventure. Being outdoors was his constant joy. He experienced a caribou hunt in remote Canada with his sons in 2001. When the bush plane did not arrive for their scheduled departure, it was two days before they understood how the world had changed on that September 11th. The memory was a treasure in spite of the unimaginable happening. Most of his adventures occurred with his sons across the Midwest including trips to North Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota. If you wanted to talk hunting, Larry was your man. The stories could go on for hours and every detail was remembered and shared. It brought him much joy and his family was grateful he had been duck hunting the morning of his passing.
Larry enjoyed his children and grandchildren’s activities. Whenever possible, he was in attendance at their sports, piano, dance and voice recitals. His artistic talent was put to use drawing coloring pages for the grandkids and he had a knack for finding musical performances for the kids to listen or sing along to. For his friends and family, he was there to lend a hand when needed.
He served as treasurer of the QND Booster Club for 22 years and was an active member of the Mississippi Valley Hunters and Fishermen’s Association.
Larry is survived by his wife, four children and six grandchildren, Aiden and Addison Johnson of Decatur, IL, Sawyer and Elliott Costigan of Quincy, Charli Costigan of Elkader, Iowa, Oliver Patel of St. Charles, MO. and one step grandchild, Sunny Turner of Garnavillo, Iowa.
Siblings, Ann (Dan) Pflibsen, Tony (Lisa) Costigan, Tim (Susan) Costigan, Brent (Annetta) Costigan and Mary Kay (John Courtney) Costigan all of Quincy. Brothers and sisters-in-law, Kevin (Ellen) Hess of Fort Atkinson, WI, and Kirk (Sherry) Hess of Hannibal, MO, as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Deceased relatives were: Parents, Jim & Dorothy Costigan, Father-In-Law and Mother-In-Law Gary and Maureen Hess, Sister-In-Law Laurie Costigan and Niece Andrea Costigan in infancy.
Duker and Haugh Funeral Home are handling the arrangements.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, November 28, 2023 at 9:30 in the Duker & Haugh Funeral Home and a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in St. Francis Catholic Church. Interment in Greenmount Cemetery. Visitation will be on Monday, November 27th from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Duker & Haugh Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to The Mississippi Valley Hunters and Fishermen’s Association or to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.