Joseph L. Selvaggio, 72, of Springfield, IL, passed away on Thursday, May 2, 2024 at HSHS St. John’s Hospital. He was born on June 27, 1951 in Springfield, IL to Pat and Anita Simanella Selvaggio. He married Marilyn J. Killion on April 22, 1978 and she survives.

Also surviving Joseph are his two sons, Nick (Jenny) Selvaggio of Glenview, IL, and Nathan Selvaggio of Springfield, IL; two granddaughters, Isabella Selvaggio and Maia Selvaggio; mother, Anita Selvaggio of Springfield, IL; sister, Debbie (Mike) Murrill of Springfield, IL; brothers, Pat (Jane) Selvaggio of Monroe, GA, Leonard (Marge) Selvaggio of Westfield, IN, Dennis (Chris) Selvaggio of Huntsville, AL, Gary (Elise) Selvaggio of Springfield, IL and Andy (Vicki) Selvaggio of Springfield, IL; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Pat Selvaggio and other beloved family.

Joseph was a resident of Springfield for most of his life and attended Springfield High School. He received a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University. He served our country in the United States Navy from 1970 – 1974. After the service, he held many jobs, one of his favorites was teaching welding at CACC and LLCC; also worked for Turis Coal in Elkhart. He then went on to work for CWLP for 23 years as a lineman, then Operations Trouble Clerk before his retirement in 2012.

Joseph was of the Catholic Faith and a member of Church of the Little Flower. He was also a member of LLCC Academy of Lifelong Learning. He loved traveling, especially fly fishing, camping, and was an avid marksman. He loved his family dearly and always enjoyed his time with them, especially his two little granddaughters.

Visitation: 4:00 – 7:00 pm, Tuesday, May 7, 2024 at Staab Funeral Home – Springfield, beginning with a prayer service.

Funeral Mass: 11:00 am, Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at Church of the Little Flower with Rev. Allen Kemme officiating.

Graveside Service: 11:00 am, Thursday, May 9, 2024 at Camp Butler National Cemetery where military honors will be conducted.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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