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John Lackey


May 4, 1943
October 6, 2017

Memorial Service Monday, October 09, 2017 - Centralia Recreational Complex 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

John D. Lackey, 74, passed in Centralia, Illinois on October 06, 2017.

Mr. Lackey was born on May 4, 1943, in Mattoon, Illinois, the son of Margaret (Dial) Lackey and George A. Lackey. He married Charlotte Johnson Lackey on November 4, 1967 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She predeceased him on August 4, 2001. He was also predeceased by his parents and his brothers, Jim Lackey and Tom Lackey.

Mr. Lackey will be dearly missed by his son, Charles Lackey and wife Beverly; son, Mark Lackey and wife Shan, all of Seattle, Washington; and his daughter, Sarah Esling and husband Paul, of Chicago, Illinois. He will be fondly remembered by his grandchildren, Everett, Oven, and Arlo Esling, and Langston and Fern Lackey. He will also be missed by his special friend and companion, Sally Temple, of Chicago, Illinois.

Mr. Lackey leaves his brother, Curt Lackey and wife Pat of Centralia; his sister, Mary Anderson and husband Jim of Alameda, California; his sister, Martha Mihajlov and husband Peter of Excelsior, Minnesota; his sister-in-law, Lois Ann Lackey, of Sublimity, Oregon; his sister-in-law, Mary Lynn Grant and husband Jack of Iowa City, Iowa; and his brother-in-law, Bill Johnson of New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. He is also survived by twenty-three nieces and nephews.

Mr. Lackey earned his B.A. and Juris Doctor degrees with honors from the University of Illinois. His undergraduate honors included memberships in Pi Sigma Alpha (political science), Phi Kappa Phi (all university), and Phi Beta Kappa (liberal arts). In law school, he was an editor of the Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif.

After law school, Mr. Lackey served a tour of duty as a commissioned officer with the U.S. Army in the Southern European Task Force, Vicenza, Italy, where he was executive officer of Alpha Battery of the Fifth Battalion of the Thirtieth Artillery. He was later assigned to the office of the Judge Advocate General.

In 1970, the Lackeys settled in Centralia where Mr. Lackey and his brother, Curt, founded the law firm of Lackey & Lackey.

Mr. Lackey was a pillar of the Centralia Community. He served as a president of the Centralia Lions Club and Meadow Woods Country Club, and as Vice President of the Centralia Cultural Society. He was a trustee of the Centralia Foundation from 1985 until shortly before his death, having been elected chairman in 2015. He played an important role in the planning, funding, construction and operation of the Centralia Recreation Complex.

Irvin-Macz Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. There will be no visitation. Private services will be held at Elmwood Cemetery in Centralia, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Centralia Foundation Park or the Centralia Recreational Center.

Friends and family are cordially invited to share in a celebration of Mr. Lackey’s life from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 9, 2017 at the Centralia Recreational Complex.