Jack B. Scarborough, 86, of Granite City, passed away at 11:25 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.
He was born Aug. 18, 1929, in Granite City, a son of the late Walter and Maxine (Coy) Scarborough. He married Jeannine D. (Romann) Scarborough on Nov. 22, 1950, in Granite City and she survives. Jack retired in 1987 from Granite City Steel after 39 years of dedicated service as a steelworker. The United States Army veteran proudly served his country during the Korean War and was a recipient of the Purple Heart and numerous other awards and medals. He was a member of St. Peter’s Evangelical United Church of Christ in Granite City and the American Legion. Jack had a special love of sports, loved playing baseball and golfing, his years of coaching baseball and little league football and was a member of the Granite City Sports Hall of Fame. He had played Minor League baseball with the New York Giants after graduation from Granite City High School. He also enjoyed his days of fishing and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends. In addition to his beloved wife of nearly 65 years, he is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Jill and Howard Etherton of Granite City; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jack A. and Linda Scarborough of Edwardsville and Jeff and Tamra Scarborough of Edwardsville; eight grandchildren and their spouses, Brian and Kara Etherton, Laura and Paul Worthen, James Etherton, Tom Scarborough, Sarah Scarborough, Melanie Scarborough, Stephen and Katie Jones, and Kelly Jones; seven great-grandchildren, Riley Etherton, Carson Etherton, Wyatt Etherton, Sophia Etherton, Hannah Worthen, Brooke Worthen and Kaitlyn Worthen; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Dean Scarborough of Granite City and Ronnie and Kay Scarborough of Granite City; brother-in-law, Gerry Duff of Caseyville; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two daughters, Jane Jones and Jody Lynn Scarborough and three sisters, Dorothy Michniewicz, Virginia Waugh and Robbie Duff.
In celebration of his life, visitation will be 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City, where funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, with the Rev. Aaron Ban officiating. Burial will be at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Edwardsville. Memorials may be made to St. Peter’s Evangelical United Church of Christ and may be accepted at the funeral home; www.irwinchapel.com.