Edmond "Jack" Settle, 96, of Quincy, died at 7:05 p.m. Friday (February 20, 2015) at the Illinois Veteran's Home in Quincy.
Born September 19, 1918 in Quincy, Jack was the son of Adam Porter and Olive E. VandenBoom Settle. He was married to Palmina Modesto who preceded him in death in 1996. He married Joyce Stormer on October 27, 1999 in Quincy. She survives.
Mr. Settle served his country as a Staff Sergeant in the U. S. Army during WW II. He distinguished himself as a soldier under General George Patton and was awarded the Purple Heart with seven oak leaf clusters.
Jack was the last of a family that ran many bars and restaurants in Quincy from the 1940's to the 1980's. In his early years, Mr. Settle ran The Coronado and the Settle Inn. In 1961, he bacame one of the owners of The Plaza restaurant. During Jack's 30 years of ownership, The Plaza became known as a place of fine dining and good cheer. With his sister, Dolly Settle Boltz and his nephew, Ralph Settle, Jack brought people in the Quincy community many evenings of "eat,drink and be merry."
Besides being well known in Quincy as a restaurant owner, Jack was also known for being an entertainer. At the age of 8, he sang on local radio and eventually had his own weekly segment. In the 1930's, he participated in minstrel shows as a singer and tap dancer. After WW II, he auditioned and was accepted for the Muni Opera in St. Louis. Jack was also know for singing and tap dancing for many theatrical performances in Quincy and for singing for many weddings and funerals at many churches in the area.
Survivors include three sons, Martin Settle (Deborah Bosley), Larry Settle (Frances) and Kirby Settle; his second wife, Joyce Stormer Settle; a granddaughter, Hannah Settle; and a nephew, Ralph Settle Jr.
Mr. Settle was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Palmina; and his brothers and sister.
Private family graveside services will be held in Calvary Cemetery.
The family will meet with friends on Monday afternoon from 12:30 to 1:30 at the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home in Quincy.
Memorials may be made to the Quincy Salvation Army or the Illinois Veteran's Home Activity Fund.