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Full Text of SR0030  103rd General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened
3to learn of the death of John Virgil "Jack" Fishel Jr. of
4Arcola, who passed away on January 17, 2023; and
5    WHEREAS, Jack Fishel was born to John Virgil Fishel, M.D.,
6and Florence Mary (Brown) Fishel in Arcola on January 20,
71938; he graduated from Arcola High School in 1956, where he
8was named a distinguished alumnus by the Arcola Alumni
9Association in 2020; he attended the University of Illinois
10and was in the Army ROTC program until he transferred to
11Eastern Illinois University, where he earned his bachelor's
12degree; he married Lynda Kay Warfel in Arcola on December 27,
131958; and
14    WHEREAS, Jack Fishel worked for the U.S. Department of
15Labor until his retirement in 1996 after 30 years of service,
16and his advocacy and respect for hourly wage earners remained
17steadfast; following his retirement, he owned and operated
18Fishel Real Estate for several years; and
19    WHEREAS, Jack Fishel served on the Arcola City Council for
20many years and served as Mayor of Arcola; and
21    WHEREAS, Jack Fishel was a member of St. John the Baptist



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1Catholic Church in Arcola; he also served on many boards in and
2around Arcola over the years; and
3    WHEREAS, Jack Fishel had many passions; he loved
4everything to do with Arcola, and he was a massive Arcola High
5School sports fan who enjoyed cheering on his sons, an
6eventual son-in-law, and a grandson from the stands; he shared
7his heart with the Embassy bowling leagues, at Arrol's
8pharmacy and coffee shops, and with his cribbage and euchre
9buddies at the Kaskaskia Country Club; he possessed a deep
10love for Hispanic culture, which was best expressed whenever
11he watched a Puerta Vallarta sunset beside his wife; he also
12loved the outdoors and his hunting property in Charleston was
13his most treasured spot; and
14    WHEREAS, Jack Fishel was preceded in death by his parents
15and his sister, Mary Allington; and
16    WHEREAS, Jack Fishel is survived by his wife, Lynda; his
17children, John Virgil (Loretta) Fishel III, Jeff (Toni)
18Fishel, Jim (Chris) Fishel, Amy Jo (Bob) Mueller, and Ali
19(Brett) Keller; his 18 grandchildren; his 13
20great-grandchildren; his sister, Carole Renfro; and his eight
21nieces and nephews; therefore, be it



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1ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn the passing of
2John Virgil "Jack" Fishel Jr. and extend our sincere
3condolences to his family, friends, and all who knew and loved
4him; and be it further
5    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
6presented to the family of Jack Fishel as an expression of our
7deepest sympathy.