James Corcoran

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 James Lyle Corcoran, age 91, died peacefully Tuesday, August 28, 2018, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, Illinois. Jim was born on May 8, 1927, in Henderson Minnesota, son of the late James B. Corcoran and Olive (Doheny) Corcoran. Jim was devoted to his wife, Jeanne Anne (Diethelm) Corcoran, of 67 years. Together they raised nine children.

Jim was born and raised on a farm in Minnesota until beginning military service with the Army of Occupation in Erlangen Germany in 1945. James returned to Minnesota to pursue his education in the Advanced Air Force ROTC program at St. Thomas College. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Math and Physics, Jim was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Air Force.

Jim served as a navigator in the Korean War, flying 45 reconnaissance missions before the war ended in 1953.  Jim’s stateside posts included Texas, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Arizona, California, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Illinois. Overseas he served in Korea, North Africa, and Iceland.

The Air Force also sent Jim to pursue higher education at Penn State (B.S. Meteorology) and the University of Wisconsin (M.S. Meteorology). Jim was an early adopter of computer technology, eventually managing data processing operations at Scott AFB.

Jim pursued a lifelong love of giving and receiving knowledge, becoming an instructor of Data Processing at Belleville Area College after retiring from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1970.

Family was always Jim’s priority, and his wife Jeanne supported him through many moves. Jim and Jeanne managed a busy life of military transfers with their growing family of nine children.

Jim was preceded in death by his son, Mark.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanne of Belleville, Illinois;
daughters, Mary (Bill Klear) Corcoran, Anne (Al) Klein, Teresa (Mark Coggeshall) Corcoran, and Lucy (Kyle Marsh) Corcoran;
sons, Thomas (Rocheen) Corcoran, Paul (Karen) Corcoran, Christopher (Claudia) Corcoran, and John (Julia) Corcoran;
15 grandchildren, Matthew Klein, Katie Kapp, Laura Klein, Rachel Sauter, Andrea Goewert, Daniel, Amelia, and Michael Klear, Joseph and  Christine Corcoran, Amanda Hatzenbuhler,  Erin Corcoran, James and Carolina Corcoran, Colin Corcoran;
and six great-grandchildren.

As an expression of sympathy, the family suggests contributions to one of the organizations for which Jim volunteered, the Pregnancy Care Center of Belleville Illinois, 301 W. Lincoln St., Suite 52, Belleville, IL 62220, 618-233-2273.

Memorial visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Saturday, September 1, 2018, at The Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows Apartment Community Chapel (The Esquiline), Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, September 1, 2018, at The Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows Apartment Community Chapel (The Esquiline), with Fr. Joseph Ferraioli, O.M.I. officiating, with a reception to follow.


15 Comments on James Corcoran

Annemarie Diethelm said : Guest Report Sep 16, 2018 at 1:43 PM

I am so sorry to hear about Jim‘s death. He was a wonderful, warm-hearted, intelligent and humorous man. I was always welcome in his and Jeanne’s home. My prayers are with the whole Corcoran family.

  • Galgenen
  • Switzerland
Jim Douglas said : Guest Report Sep 06, 2018 at 6:33 PM

So sorry to hear of Mr. Corcoran passing. I just saw his obituary. I was a student of his at BAC in the mid 80's, It was well known that he was the 'Mr. Rogers' of BAC. Very calm and wanted to help you learn. He was one of my favorite teachers whom I went to often for help. I came to him so often that when he saw me coming, he had a 'Oh No, here he comes again' look... but would never say that... he put up a lot for me and I will never forget that. He spoke with me about the sudden passing of his son. I would have liked to fill the void in his life left by his son. Maybe I did that a little at school. Mr. Corcoran will live on in my mind and heart. I thank him for making me what I am today.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Eleanor Diethelm said : Guest Report Sep 03, 2018 at 5:58 PM

Very sorry to hear of Jim's death. Kathleen did text me but I did not see it. I would like to send Jeanne a card if I can get her address. So sorry to hear of your dads passing. He was so smart and so nice. Love you all. Aunt Ellie.

  • Brockton
  • Massachusetts
Mike Coggeshall said : Guest Report Sep 01, 2018 at 4:05 PM

My family has been friends with the Corcoran family for about fifty years. During all this time, during all our family interactions, Mr. C remained quietly observant, making a clever or engaged comment periodically. That's one of the ways to evaluate the kind of man he was -- quiet, reflective, supportive, and clever. Another way to understand the kind of man he was is to know his children, and my family has know them well. Mr. C raised his sons and his daughters to be intelligent, witty, strong-willed, socially-conscious, and (frankly) just plain fun to be with. While we will all mourn his loss (his immediate family more so, of course), we can see his wonderful spirit continue through his children and grandchildren. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time of grief, but know that we will continue to stand with you as friends for the future. We hope that your grief will soon transition to fond memories. We are with you (physically and emotionally) at this time.

  • Clemson
  • South Carolina
Judy Gustafson said : Guest Report Sep 01, 2018 at 2:07 PM

Dear Tom, Rocheen and Erin, we extend our condolences to your family for the loss of such a dedicated man to his family and our country. His legacy willl live on through each of you. Bob and Judy Gustafson

  • Sainte Genevieve
  • Mo
Michael Klear said : Guest Report Sep 01, 2018 at 10:45 AM

I regret not being able to attend the ceremonies and celebrate the life of this extraordinary man. He was always willing to listen and only spoke when he had something worth saying. I will fondly remember his warm, hearty chuckle. We are all blessed to have known him. His kindness, his passion for learning and sharing knowledge, and his dedication to family is instilled in all of us.

  • Johannesburg
  • South Africa
Mark & Liz Cramer said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2018 at 6:58 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Your father was a great man and his wonderful family is a living legacy. May the memories bring comfort and peace to you all.

  • Carlsbad
  • CA
Alicia Benitez said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2018 at 5:39 AM

My deepest condolences for your family loss. Good byes are not forever , are not the end, it simply means , I’ll miss you Until we meet again ❤️

  • Redwood City
  • CA
Laura Pribyl McDonald said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2018 at 4:24 AM

So sorry to hear of Uncle Jim’s passing. Your entire family is in my thoughts and prayers. Give my love to Aunt Jeanne.

  • Coon Rapids
  • MN
Sally and Steve Rothweiler said : Guest Report Aug 30, 2018 at 11:53 PM

My deepest sympathy and prayers to Tom, Rocheen and Erin. Our thoughts are with your family at this difficult time.

  • Fenton
  • Mo
Joan Brocco said : Guest Report Aug 30, 2018 at 6:07 PM

Mr. Corcoran was blessed with a long life and a loving supportive family. May God bless his family and bring them comfort. Thanks Mr. Corcoran for your years of service.

  • St. Louis
  • Mo
Joe & Kathleen Davis said : Guest Report Aug 30, 2018 at 6:06 PM

Jeanne & Family, Sorry to learn of Jim's passing. We know God will be with all of you now & in the future. We always enjoyed talking with both of you. We remember the visit we had with you a few years ago when in Belleville.

  • Linwood
  • KS
Cindy Mersinger said : Guest Report Aug 30, 2018 at 4:53 PM

Tom ,Rocheen and Erin and family. I am so sorry to hear this. My sympathies. Prayer for all

  • St Louis
  • Mo
Bridgett Hager said : Guest Report Aug 30, 2018 at 3:50 PM

Sending prayers to the Corcoran family. May God watch over you in your time of need.

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Amy Bolduan said : Guest Report Aug 30, 2018 at 2:16 AM

Our deepest sympathy to Jeanne and the whole family. Uncle Jim was always such a wonderful great man. My dad Paul also said he was always so kind and smart and such an impressive man. He will be truly missed. He was loved by all of us.

  • Woodbury
  • Mn

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