Banker Harold Schork remembered for business, community focus

Harold Schork
Posted: Jun. 18, 2013 10:51 am Updated: Jul. 2, 2013 2:15 pm

Herald-Whig Senior Writer

Harold Schork, a longtime Quincy banker who died last weekend, was described by friends and former co-workers as a personable businessman who quietly worked to better the Quincy community.

Mr. Schork, 75, was president of Illinois State Bank, which became Boatmen's Bank before it was bought out by NationsBank.

"He gave me my first loan when I was ... probably 22 or 23 years old," former Quincy Mayor C. David Nuessen said.

Mr. Schork served on the Great River Economic Development Foundationn Board when Nuessen was mayor, and the two were next-door neighbors after Nuessen moved back to Quincy.

Larry Ehmen was president of the GREDF Board during part of Mr. Schork's tenure, and he described Mr. Schork "as a good, levelheaded, straightforward businessman." Ehmen said he moved his banking to Illinois State Bank because of Mr. Schork's willingness to do business "on a handshake."

Don Gnuse, former president of First Bankers Trust, said Mr. Schork was a "fine person, a good banker and a good competitor." Gnuse, Schork and Dean Phillips all attended Lewistown High School and played on the same basketball team.

"What none of us could have ever dreamed was that we would all end up at three different banks in Quincy, Ill.," Gnuse said.

Mr. Schork joined Illinois State Bank in 1961 and became unit manager of the installment loan department in 1963. He was named vice president in 1972 and senior vice president in 1979. He became the bank's president and chief executive officer in 1981.

Boatmen's Bank of Quincy acquired Illinois State Bank in 1986, and Mr. Schork was president and chief executive until he retired in July 1997 when Boatmen's became NationsBank.

Mr. Schork's community activities included serving on the boards of the Great River Economic Development Foundationn, the Quincy Society of Fine Arts, the Quincy Family YMCA, Good Samaritan Home, St. Mary's Hospital, the Quincy Community Foundation, the Rotary club and the United Way of Adams County.

He received the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Mississippi Valley Council of Boy Scouts of America in 1997.

Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home is handling funeral arrangements. Services will be held at 6 tonight in The Crossing Church, with the Pastor Jim Dennis conducting.