John Foreman

John Foreman

CHAMPAIGN — John R. Foreman, 65, of Champaign died Saturday (June 30, 2018) at Maryland Heights, Mo.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 5, at Morgan Memorial Home, Savoy. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Holy Cross Church, Champaign. Deacon Don Koeberlein will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Pesotum.

Mr. Foreman was born Sept. 3, 1952, in Decatur, the son of Forrest and Susan Jenkins Foreman. He married Sharon Koeberlein on Sept. 21, 1973, at St. Mary’s Church, Pesotum. She survives. Also surviving are two children, Shannon (Scott Smith) and Rob Foreman of Carmel, Ind.; a brother, Michael (Darlene) Stratman of Loudon, Tenn.; and two sisters, Patricia (Maurice) Sefton of Forsyth and Maryan Sneed (Robert Smith) of Aurora, Colo.

Mr. Foreman graduated from the University of Illinois in 1977 and began as a reporter at The News-Gazette that year. In quick succession he was named night city editor, city editor, managing editor and editor-in-chief. In 2003, he became publisher of The News-Gazette. A distinguished journalist, he was a past chairman of the Illinois First Amendment Center and served as president of the Illinois Press Association and the Illinois Associated Press Editors. He was the first recipient of the James C. Craven Award for Freedom of the Press from the Illinois Press Association and only the second recipient of the Illinois AP Editors Lincoln League of Journalists award. In 2006, he was named Illinois Journalist of the Year by the faculty at Northern Illinois University.

He loved his family, dogs, his community and The News-Gazette. He enjoyed restoring and collecting fountain pens and taking the time to put pen to paper. He was a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan as well as a Chicago Bears and Fighting Illini fan.

Memorials can be made to the Carle Center for Philanthropy (611 W. Park St., Urbana 61801) for the In-Patient Rehabilitation and Dog Therapy Programs or to the Marajen Stevick Foundation (15 E. Main St., Champaign 61820) for the John R. Foreman Scholarship Fund through the UI College of Media. Condolences may be offered at www.morganmemorialhome.com.