LINCOLN - Robert A. "Bob" Madigan, 63, of Lincoln, passed away at 9:10 a.m. Thursday (May 4, 2006) at his home.
A funeral Mass for Mr. Madigan will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Holy Family Church, Lincoln, with the Rev. R. Anthony Lee officiating. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at Holy Family Church. A prayer service will be at 3:30 p.m. prior to visitation. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Lincoln.
Memorials may be made to Carroll Catholic School or ALMH Foundation Building Fund or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Peasley Funeral Home, Lincoln, is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Madigan is survived by his wife, Connie, Lincoln; one son, Patrick (Lisa) Madigan, Lincoln; one daughter, Amy (James) Brown, Springfield; one sister, Sandy Naiman, Elmhurst; and two grandchildren, Teran and Carson Madigan.
Mr. Madigan was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Edward Madigan.
Mr. Madigan was born Nov. 28, 1942, at St. Clara's Hospital, Lincoln, the son of Earl T. and Theresa Loobey Madigan. He married Connie May on July 3, 1965, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Lincoln.
Mr. Madigan graduated from St. Patrick Grade School and Lincoln Community High School. He went on to graduate from Millikin University. He played football at Millikin and was captain of the team his senior year. He was named to the 1963 all-state collegiate team by the Peoria Journal Star newspaper. He did his post -graduate studies at Illinois State University and LaSalle Extension University.
Mr. Madigan, along with his parents and brother, owned a taxi service in Lincoln for many years. He was elected city clerk of Lincoln from 1975 until 1987.
In 1987, Mr. Madigan was elected to serve in the Illinois State Senate for the 45th District, which he served until 2001 when he was appointed by Gov. Ryan to serve as a commissioner for the Illinois Industrial Commission.
As an Illinois state senator, he served as chairman of the Insurance and Pension Committee, the Pension Law Commission and the Illinois Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus. He was a member of the Appropriations, Public Health, Commerce and Labor, and Elementary and Secondary Education Committees, among others.
He was a Bush delegate to the 2000 Republican Convention.
In May 2002, he was conferred with an honorary doctorate in law degree from Lincoln College. During his political career, he also received numerous awards for outstanding service from a variety of organizations, including the Illinois Retired Teachers Association and the Illinois Primary Healthcare Association.
Mr. Madigan was a past board member of Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital and St. Clara's Manor.
Mr. Madigan was a member of Holy Family Church, Knights of Columbus 1250, in which he was a 3rd and 4th degree knight. He was a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge 2708, Fraternal Order of Elk's Lodge 914. He was also a member of the Kiwanis, Jaycees and Lincoln Logan County Chamber of Commerce, where he served one year as the state government liaison. He also served as a precinct committee person for many years.