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Andrew W Stimson

May 29, 2021

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Andrew W Stimson, 79, of Waukegan passed away on May 23, 2021 at home with his loving wife at his side. He was born June 5, 1941 in Coggon, Iowa, the son of Roy and Hazel (Phillips) Stimson. He married Janet Thornton on March 18, 2000.

After serving in the US Army from 1962 to 1965, Andrew received his B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa in (1967) and later received his M.A. in Library Science from the University of Iowa (1969) and his M.A. in Public Administration from Sangamon State University (1976). 

Andrew started his career working in libraries in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1967 and continued until his retirement as the Director of the Waukegan Public Library in 2003, after spending 27 years there.

Andrew was an enthusiastic country dancer, and an avid bicycler throughout the Midwest after his retirement, as well as an active member and treasurer in the Lake County Farm Heritage Club.

Andrew is survived by his wife, Janet Thornton; children, Doug (Jun) Stimson, Tom Stimson, Scott (Christine) Thornton, and Laurie (Peter) Dodich; grandchildren, Allen Stimson, Joel Dodich, David Dodich, Julia Dodich, Jake Thornton, and Hannah Thornton; his brothers, Lloyd (Dorothy-deceased) Stimson, and Harry (Kim) Stimson; and his first wife, Karen Mueller.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sisters, Ruth (Leon-deceased) Bovenmyer, and Dorothy (Bill-deceased) Sherman.

The family would like to thank Star Hospice for their loving care.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given in his name to Waukegan Public Library Foundation 

WePromise Foundation at 

Matthias Academy

or the American Cancer Society at


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Waukegan Public Library Foundation

WePromise Foundation

Matthias Academy

American Cancer Society
P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City OK 73123
Tel: 1-800-227-2345

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