Warren A. “Art” Sappington, 88, of Mt. Zion passed away Monday, April 17, 2017 at Hickory Point Christian
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 of arrangements.
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.