CHAMPAIGN – Hugh Robert Lindgren of Champaign, loving husband, father, and grandfather, died peacefully with his family by his side at the age of 78 at 1:37 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 5, 2011) at Meadowbrook Health Care Center, Urbana.
A rosary will be recited at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday and a visitation will follow from 5 to 7p.m. at Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy.
A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Matthew Catholic Church, 1303 Lincolnshire Drive, Champaign, followed by a luncheon at the church. Monsignor Mark Merdian will officiate. The burial at St. Boniface Cemetery, Seymour, will follow the luncheon.
Mr. Lindgren was born Jan. 5, 1933, at Peoria to Hugh and Olive Lindgren, who preceded him in death, along with his sisters June Petri and Kay Buzbee of Peoria. Hugh married Eileen Krause, his loving wife of 54 years, in 1956. She survives.
He is also survived by his brother Bill of Peoria; his daughters, Beth Musgrove of Champaign, Mary Marcott (Tony) of Peoria, Amy Menius (Joe) of Plano, Texas, and son John Lindgren (Kim) of Champaign; three nieces and several great nieces and nephews.
Survivors also include five grandsons, Logan Musgrove, Champaign; Adam and Andrew Marcott, Peoria; and Jeffrey and William Lindgren, Champaign; four granddaughters, Hannah Marcott, Peoria, and Allyson Lindgren, Brittani and Brianna Musgrove, all of Champaign.
Hugh graduated from high school at Spalding Institute, Peoria, and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1951. He served four years in the Korean Conflict on the destroyer U.S.S. Marshall. He then went on to graduate from Bradley University, Peoria.
He retired from AT&T in 1989 after 33 years. He was a member of St. Matthew Catholic Church, The Knights of Columbus, The Optimist Club, The Illinois Bell Pioneers, The University of Illinois I-Fund and Bradley University Alumni Association.
He enjoyed playing softball and watching all of his grandchildren play sports. He had a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and loved the game of golf. He was an avid Illini, Cubs and Bears fan.
Memorials can be made in his name to St. Matthew Catholic Church, 1303 Lincolnshire Drive, Champaign, or the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Illinois Chapter.