Warren A. “Art” Sappington, 88, of Mt. Zion passed away Monday, April 17, 2017 at
Hickory Point Christian Village.
A funeral service will be held at 12 noon on Monday, April 24, 2017 at Mt. Calvary
Lutheran Church (2055 S. Franklin Street Rd., Decatur, Illinois) with Pastor Michael
Damery officiating. A visitation will be held two hours before the service. Burial will be
in Mt. Gilead North Cemetery, South Wheatland Township, with Navy honors
accorded at the burial service. Memorials may be made to Mt. Calvary Lutheran
Church or Millikin University, in support of Millikin Business students through the
Sappington Family Scholarship. Tanzyus Logan Funeral Service and Care is in charge
Art was born in September of 1928 in Jacksonville, Illinois. He was the son of
Luman and Margaret Sappington. He served his country in the U.S. Navy in WWII.
He was awarded a WWII Victory Medal, American Theatre and Good Conduct medals.
Upon Art’s return to Illinois he attended Millikin University and the University of
Illinois Law School. He was a Millikin University Assistant Professor (full and part-
time) as soon as he graduated from law school, from 1958-1977. He was awarded a
Ford Foundation Fellowship at Indiana University from 1961-1962. Art practiced law
in Decatur with Record & Sappington from 1964-1977. At that time, he was appointed
as Associate Circuit Judge in Decatur until his retirement in 1998. Art thoroughly
enjoyed working with the lawyers.
Art was a lifelong Lutheran and currently a member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church;
Decatur Library Board (1963-1971; President 1965-1967); the Macon County Board
(1969-1977); Central Illinois Regional Commission of Law Enforcement; the Decatur
Aero Club and a Master Gardener. Art was an instrument rated pilot and was secretary
of the AERO Club for twenty-one years. His favorite hobbies were flying, concerts,
theatre, reading and traveling. He traveled to over forty countries and six continents.
He married Cheryl E. Sappington in February of 1979. He is survived by his wife of
thirty-eight years, Cheryl; daughter, Lynn (David) Spicer of Oreana, Illinois; sons,
Scott (Zhang Dan) Garner of Beijing, China, and Christopher (Jodi) Garner of
Bloomington, Illinois. He had five grandchildren: Trisha (Andrew) Langford, Chelsea
Force, Lauren Garner, James Garner, and Katharine Garner; and five great-
grandchildren: Emma Langford, Haylee Langford, Andrew Langford Jr., Jonas
Langford, and Valora Force. Also surviving is his brother-in-law, Roger E. (Cindy)
Robb and sister-in-law, Linda S. Robb, as well as nieces, nephews, and cousins. Art was
preceded in death by his parents.
The family would like to thank Dr. Gregory Totel for being a caring friend for over
thirty years and superb personal physician for many years. Special thanks to friend
and colleague Judge Jerry L. Patton for his support over forty years.
The family would also like to thank the nurses and staff at Hickory Point Christian
Village for their attention and care as well as DMH Hospice. Additionally, the family
would like to thank Pastor Michael Damery of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church as well as
the church family for the care and love during this time. All of the love extended has
been appreciated more than you will ever know.
Please sign the family guestbook at www.leavememoriesnotdebt.com.