Effingham Daily News (IL)
Jack L. Dettro, 77, of Stonington passed away at 9:20 p.m. Sunday, June 19, 2011, at his residence.
Jack was born Nov. 26, 1933, in Effingham, the son of Bruce Alton and Goldie Alice (Porter) Dettro. He married Mary Doyle on Aug. 9, 1970, at Holy Trinity Church, Stonington.
He was a teacher and coach at Stonington High School for 36 years. He retired from teaching and coaching from Taylorville Community Unit schools in 1996. He was a member of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Jack was a loving and loved husband, father and grandfather. He was an influential member of his community as both a teacher and basketball coach, touching the lives of many through his years.
He graduated from Millikin University (class of 1955) and earned a graduate degree from Eastern Illinois University, Charleston. After graduating from Millikin he served two years in the U.S. Army. He was an influential member of his community as both a teacher and basketball coach, touching the lives of many through his years. He enjoyed playing golf with friends and family and was a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan.
He is one of the winningest high school basketball coaches in the history of high school basketball in the state of Illinois, coaching the Stonington Wildcats to 646 victories during his career. Jack was one of five nominees for National High School Basketball Coach of the Year in 1982. Jack was inducted into the Millikin University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1984 for his accomplishments as a basketball player, was co-captain of the Millikin University team and was twice named to the All-Conference team.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; son, Doyle (Nnenna) of Chatham; daughter, Emily (Brian) Tesar of Billings, Mont.; grandchildren, Jack, Max and Eva Dettro and Gabrielle Tesar; brother, Roger (Rosie) Dettro of Mattoon; sisters, Dorothy Barnes of Effingham and Betty Beals of Chrisman; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Marilyn Tegenkamp and Maxine Laue.
Memorials may be made to Stonington Rescue Squad, 423 Walnut St., Stonington, IL 62567 or Taylorville Public Schools Foundation, 512 W. Spresser St., Taylorville, IL 62568. Online condolences may be left at www.suttonmemorialhome.com.
Click here to read a Decatur Herald & Review article about Jack.