Jack Lee Sapp (80) of Springfield, MO, formerly of Effingham and St. Elmo


Published on April 6 2013 3:46 pm

Jack Lee Sapp, 80, died at home in Springfield, Missouri, on Friday, April 5, 2013, following an extended illness.

A private graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Effingham, Illinois. Johnson Funeral Home, Effingham, is assisting the family with local arrangements.

Online condolences may be left by clicking here.

Memorial contributions can be made to the National Tiger Sanctuary near Chestnutridge, Missouri, Omega Health Care or donor's choice.

Jack was born on February 25, 1933, in Chicago, Illinois. He began his professional career in radio at WCRA in Effingham, Illinois, immediately following high school. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Salzburg, Austria.

He married Dalyne Tipsword and they had four children. He continued to work as a broadcaster for radio stations in Chicago, St. Louis, Cincinnati, and Miami, Florida, to name a few. During his career he worked with Jim Schulke and SRP Productions to develop the Easy Listening or Beautiful Music format which became very popular. Later in his career he hosted morning and afternoon shows on the Springfield, Missouri, station KTXR - The Gentle Giant.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Love of Springfield, MO; sister, Janet Funneman of Teutopolis; sons, Greg Sapp of Effingham, Brett (wife, Janet) Sapp of Marion, and Scott (wife, Brenda) Sapp of Altamont; and daughter, Tory (husband, Roger) Buhnerkempe of Watson, as well as 11 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 3 nephews, and 3 nieces. Jack was preceded in death by his mother, Vina Marcott, and stepfather, Harold Marcott.

Jack was a life-long Chicago Cubs fan. During his retirement he enjoyed cooking, taking trips with his family and watching movies. His quick wit and rich "radio" voice will be remembered by his friends and family.

The family would like to thank the staff of Phoenix Home Care and Omega Health Care who provided caring and compassionate home and hospice care.