Jack Tuttle

Jack Tuttle

CHAMPAIGN – Jack Lyman Tuttle, 70, passed away on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, at Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana.

He was born on Sept. 24, 1947, in St. Louis, Mo., to George and Helen (Lyman) Tuttle. Jack married Betty Trotter on June 13, 1970, and he later married Mary Jane Gingerich on Sept. 27, 1985.

Jack is survived by his wife, Mary Jane; children, Chris Tuttle of Champaign, David (Kim) Gingerich of Elizabethtown, Ky., Mark (Jennifer) Gingerich of Louisville, Ky., and Kristina (Bryan) Miller of Champaign; six grandchildren; brother, Donald (Helen) Tuttle of Green Valley, Ariz.; sister, Dorothy Frye of Savoy; and former wife, Betty Hollister.

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Bob Whitson; and brother-in-law, George Frye.

Jack was a writer, thinker, and teacher with many grand ideas. He was a lifelong Illini and Cardinals fan, he loved animals, golfing, and music was very important to him.

Jack graduated from Urbana High School in 1965 and then earned his bachelor's degree (1969), Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (1972), and master's degree from the University of Illinois. He taught at the University of Illinois Veterinary Medicine school and was involved in the Extension outreach program.

Jack was a member of the Marching Illini; he was an Illini basketball manager for four years, and earned his varsity I as senior basketball manager. He wrote two books, was a journalist for a Fighting Illini fan website, and was an owner of Insight Metaphysical Bookstore with his wife, Mary Jane.

A celebration of Jack's life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, at Sunset Funeral Home, 710 N. Neil St., Champaign, IL 61820. Memorial visitation will follow until 4:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made in Jack's name to the Urbana High School Music Education Scholarship, University of Illinois I FUND, or donor's choice. Please join his family in sharing memories, photos, and videos on his tribute wall at sunsetfuneralhome.com.