John Madison McIlroy Sr., 95, of Bowling Green, passed away Monday, Nov. 24, 2008, at his home.


John Madison McIlroy Sr., 95, of Bowling Green, passed away Monday, Nov. 24, 2008, at his home.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at the Second Baptist Church in Bowling Green with the Rev. Don Amelung officiating. Interment will be at the Bowling Green Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, at the Mudd-Veach Funeral Home in Bowling Green.
Memorials may be made to the Pike County Memorial Hospital Foundation.
Pallbearers will be Paul Hill, Ross McKinstry, Perry West, Bob Grote, Rex Bradley and Phil Pitney.
Honorary pallbearers will be Vicki Hart, Tapley McCune, Charlene Lawson, Ed Lawson, Bob McKee, David Ash, Phillip Schaper and Karl Steinhage.
He was born Jan. 24, 1913, at home in the Dover community to William Thomas and Bess Duncan McIlroy.
Mr. McIlroy is survived by his wife of 68 years, Ruth Givens McIlroy; sons, William Charles McIlroy and wife, Nada, and John Madison McIlroy Jr. and wife, Paula; and daughter, Margaret McIlroy Goodin and husband, Mark; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mr. McIlroy went to the Norton Road Elementary School in the Dover area, graduated from Louisiana High School and attended Westminster College, the University of Missouri and Central Methodist College before studying law under Edward V. Long, after which he passed the Missouri Bar examination and became licensed as an attorney at law.
He was a partner in Long and McIlroy law practice from 1945 to 1955 and senior partner of McIlroy and Millan law practice from 1955 until his retirement in 1996. Prior to practicing law, Mr. McIlroy served as deputy circuit clerk and probate judge of Pike County.
Mr. McIlroy had a lifelong interest in politics. He served as councilman and mayor of the City of Bowling Green, assistant attorney general of the State of Missouri and honorary colonel for Govs. Smith, Blair and Dalton. He was very active in the Democratic party, serving as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention numerous times and as chairman of the State Democratic Party three times during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. He was a senior advisor to U.S. Sen. Edward V. Long.
Mr. McIlroy was a long-time member of the Second Baptist Church in Bowling Green and served as a deacon for many years. He was a member of the Rotary Club in Bowling Green and a fellow member in the Rotary Paul Harris Foundation.
In 1945 Mr. McIlroy and Sen. Long purchased the Bank of Curryville, changed its name to the Community State Bank and moved its banking house to Bowling Green. Later, Mr. McIlroy purchased Sen. Long’s interest in the bank and served as its chairman and president of the bank until his retirement in 1993, when his sons were elected to those positions. He has continued to serve as a director to the present date.
Mr. McIlroy and Sen. Long also owned the Tower Loan Co. for many years. He owned Pike County Title Co. from 1940 until 1996. He served for many years as a director of Missouri Edison Co., the bank of Louisiana and County Tower Corp., a bank holding company in Clayton.
He was a member of the Fifty Year Club of the Missouri Bar Association and the Missouri Bankers Association. He was also a former director of the Trimble Foundation, executive board member of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and the Missouri Consumer Finance Association.
One of Mr. McIlroy’s great joys was riding horseback and tending to Maple Lane Farm, his family farm near Dover, which has been in the McIlroy family since 1854.