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If you know of a classmate who has passed away, please let me know so we can remember them here. It would be nice to include pictures of them, memories of their family and friends, etc. so that we might honor their memory.

"To live in hearts we leave behind,
Is not to die."

--Thomas Campbell

Keith AndersonKeith Anderson

Keith Dean Anderson

Keith Dean Anderson, 67, of Springfield, died at 1:25 p.m., Friday, June 17, 2016, at Meadow Manor in Taylorville. He was born June 11, 1949, in Taylorville, to Maynard and Eleanor King Anderson; they preceded him in death. Also preceding him in death were his fiancée, Nina Lawson in 2014; one brother, Kevin Anderson; and one sister, Sue Anderson. He is survived by his two daughters, Diana Hayes of Springfield, and Stephanie Coffey of Columbus, Ohio; three sons: Kent Adams of Springfield, Matt (Luann) Adams of Pawnee, and Brad Adams of Springfield; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and one brother, Kenneth (Sandy) Anderson of Springfield. Keith was a member of the Eagles Club for many years. He enjoyed watching the Cubs and NASCAR, gardening, flowers and taking care of his cat and fish. He retired after 25 years of service from the State of Illinois where he was a Microfilm Operator.

Mark AtwoodMark Atwood

Mark R. Atwood

Mark Atwood, 69, of Springfield, passed away on Tuesday April 9, 2019 at his residence. He was born on October 4, 1949 to Paul B. and Muriel Leah Kerry Atwood. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Aleasa Dawn Atwood. Mark was a former owner of the Cracked Crock Tavern, and for thirty years, he was a master carpenter responsible for many building projects in Springfield as well as across the United States. He was an avid lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan. He is survived by a daughter, Rebecca Atwood of Charleston, SC; six brothers; two sisters; two brother-in-laws; two sister-in-laws, and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Gary BartholomewGary Bartholomew

Gary Lee Bartholomew

Gary Lee Bartholomew, 68 years of age, peacefully departed this life with his family by his side on July 19th, 2017 at 5:00 pm after a long battle with cancer.

Gary, known as Bart to many friends and family, was born April 4, 1949 in Springfield, Illinois. He was the son of Victor and Louise Remscheid Bartholomew and married Denise Crouch on June 10, 1972 at Prospect United Methodist Church in Dunlap, Illinois. After graduating from Springfield High School in 1967, Gary attended Bradley University, where he graduated with Honors in 1971 and was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. He continued his education at the University of Illinois, Champaign, earning his MSW. In 1990, Gary completed his MBA at Bradley University.

Gary worked at Youth Farm, Inc. as a teacher and eventually as director of social services until 1975. During this time, Gary also worked at WABCO-American Standard, where he was promoted to General Foreman. In 1983, Gary was employed at L.R. Nelson, where he worked for the next 25 years. For the last several years at Nelson, he was President of Nelson-Asia. In 2008, L.R. Nelson was purchased by the Bosch Company, who employed Gary as the Vice President of Manufacturing and Operations until his retirement in December, 2014. Gary traveled extensively overseas during his time at Nelson and Bosch and lived in Shanghai from 2003 to 2006. Throughout his career, Gary enjoyed teaching business management as an adjunct professor at Bradley University and Illinois Central College.

Surviving Gary are his loving wife, Denise Crouch Bartholomew; son, Kerry (Madelyn) Bartholomew of Chicago; daughter, Nicole (Ryan) Birdsall of San Jose, California; grand-daughters, Jaclyn, Vivian, and Virginia Bartholomew of Chicago; sister, Sharon (Oscar) Rohrer of Petersburg, Illinois; brothers-in-law James (Pam) Crouch of East Peoria and Corey (Cindy) Crouch of Morton; nephews Chris, Jeffery, Colson and Brad; and nieces, Angela, Caylee, Katelynn, and Mallori.

Gary was an active member of Prospect United Methodist Church, where he served as Chairman of the Finance Committee. He was also a member of Mt. Hawley Country Club in Peoria and Heritage Palms Country Club in Fort Meyers, Florida. Spending time with family was most important to Gary; especially family trips to Florida for golfing, swimming, and boating. And, on exceptionally nice days, you'd catch him driving his 1966 Mustang convertible around Peoria.

Alice Bates

Alice Frances Theresa Bates

Alice, a smile of God, was born September 17, 1949 in Joliet, IL. Unhampered by bodily form, that divine spark, Alice's soul loosened itself from cancer's deadly grip and transported itself to the home of her heavenly Father, the Great Teacher, June 24, 2011. In 1967, Alice was awarded the Harold Thomas Shively Award in Latin at Springfield High School. In 1968, Alice was initiated a charter member of Phi Theta Kappa at Springfield Junior College. Alice loved teaching. She taught at St. Joseph School, St. Patrick School and at the old St. Agnes School for many years. Alice earned her A.A. at SCI and B.A. and M.A. at SSU. She was the family historian and loved lions and tigers. She enjoyed collecting memorabilia of Shirley Temple. Preceding Alice in death were her devoted father, Mathias; her aunts, Alice, Rose and Mary; her uncles, Francis, Joe, Wally and Joseph; her cousins, James and Jimmy; and her grandparents. Earthly ties and bonds are past. Pain that did not cease ended in peaceful rest at last. Grief though loud and deep, does not disturb her dreamless, deepest sleep. Mourning Alice are her sorrowing mother, Anita; her beloved sister, Rosemarie; her caring and loving brother, Lawrence and his dear wife, Sarah; her aunts, Ann and Clara; and her cousins, Bunny, Wallace, Ralph and his wife, Sandy. Lonely for Alice is her kitty cat, Dusty Maine Coon.

Stephanie Benner

Stephanie (Benner) Maxa

Stephanie Maxa, 62, of Sherman, passed away at 9:45 a.m. on October 5, 2011 at St. John's Hospital. Stephanie was born July 12, 1949, the daughter of Carl and Dorothy Benner Hinrichs. She married Chris Maxa on September 9, 1990 in Springfield. Stephanie was employed by Bunn-O-Matic for 16 years. She was preceded in death by her parents and her grandmother, Louella Hinrichs. She is survived by her husband, Chris Maxa of Sherman; two sons, Joshua Curtion of Athens and Taylor Maxa of Riverton; and two grandchildren, Chandler and Leah.

Tom Bernardi

Thomas F. Bernardi

Thomas F. Bernardi, 26, died at 6:50 a.m. Friday (July 23, 1976) in his residence. He was born in St. Louis, MO. the son of Frank and Mary Lathrop Bernardi and attended Blessed Sacrament school and Campion High School. He was a graduate of Springfield High School, St. Louis University and the University of Illinois Law School. Mr. Bernardi was associated with Gillespie, Cadigan & Gillespie law firm. He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church, Phi Beta Kappa Fraternity, Sangamon County Bar Association, American Business Club and the Illini Country Club. Surviving are his wife Pamela Radek Bernardi; his father, Frank Bernardi of Springfield; his mother, Mrs. Mary Bernardi of Springfield; a brother, Daniel of Springfield; two sisters, Miss Susan Bernardi of Milwaukee, Wis. and Mrs. William (Beth Ann) Steinhour of Springfield; a grandmother, Mrs. Loretta Noonan of Joliet; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Penny Bilyeu

Penny (Bilyeu) Schmulbach

Mrs. Penny L. Schmulbach, 39, of Athens died at 9:25 p.m. Monday (October 2, 1989) at Doctors Hospital. She was born Oct. 5, 1949, in Springfield , the daughter of Charles and Ruth Stuemke Bilyeu . She married Fred Schmulbach in 1968. She was employed as a supervisor in the Illinois State Employee's Retirement System. She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Athens and the Lake Press Club Auxilliary. In addition to her parents, surviving are her husband, Fred; one son, Bart of Athens; two daughters, Brae Leane and Bree Ane of Athens; two sisters, Charlene McClure and Cindi Allender, both of Springfield ; three nieces; five nephews; and two great nephews.

Pat Burd

Patricia (Burd) McCone

Patricia Burd McCone of Clarence Center, NY, director of the Lockport Chorale and a longtime educator, died Thursday, June 21, 2007, in Roswell Park Cancer Institute. She was 57. Born on July 13,1949 in Springfield, IL, Mrs. McCone graduated from Springfield High School in 1967 where she was a member of the Singing Seven group. She earned a bachelor's degree in 1984 from Rowan University, Glassboro, N.J. She also studied music at Villanova University and Oberlin College. For the past six years, Mrs. McCone served as director of the Lockport Chorale, which performed concerts twice a year in the community. She also was the founder and director of the Lockport Community Rado Watch Children's Chorus. Mrs. McCone taught music in kindergarten through fifth grades at Roy B. Kelly and Dewitt Clinton elementary schools in the Lockport School District. She also taught at St. John the Baptist School in the Town of Tonawanda and taught English in Cherry Hill, N.J., from 1973 to 1976. Mrs. McCone was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Clarence. During Operation Desert Storm, Mrs. McCone served as ombudsman for the Coast Guard Port Security Unit 301, which provided waterside security in Saudi Arabia, where her husband, Scott W., was a commanding officer. Survivors, in addition to her husband of 36 years, include two daughters, Heather W. and Megan E., and a son, Jonathon R.

Mary CarmodyMary Eleanor Carmody

Mary Eleanor Carmody

"If you can read this.., Thank a teacher!"

Mary Eleanor Carmody, 88, of Springfield, died at 7:20 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at St. John's Hospital. Mary was born September 1, 1923 in Litchfield, IL, but lived in Springfield nearly all of her life. She was the daughter of M. Louis and Mayme McKeon Carmody. She was preceded in death by her parents and by one sister, Constance "Connie" Collins. She is survived by a sister, L. Jeanne Carmody and a brother, Michael (wife, Patricia) Carmody, both of Springfield. She is also survived by three nieces, Colleen (husband, Doug) Hyde of Oneida, IL, Cathleen (husband, Brian) Gawthorp of Illiopolis, and Kathleen Carmody of Maple Grove, MN; five nephews, Michael (wife, Casey) Collins of Virginia, Kevin (wife, Sue) Collins of Peoria, Sean (wife, Patricia) Carmody of Marshall, MN, Brian (wife, Debra) Carmody of San Diego, CA, and Martin Carmody of Washington, DC; and numerous grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Mary Eleanor was an honor graduate of Ursuline Academy and Springfield Junior College. She received her Bachelors of Arts from the University of Chicago and a Master's in Education from the University of Illinois. She began her teaching career at LeRoy, IL in 1945, taught at Pawnee High School, and in 1951 started teaching at Springfield High School. She taught there until 1982 when she retired. Once when called to jury duty, Mary was asked if she knew any of the principals. She answered that she had taught both the prosecutor and the defense attorney. She was excused from jury duty. Mary was a dedicated teacher, but also a gentle, kind, and a generous person. She was a devoted Catholic and gave many hours as a volunteer to her parish. Mary was a member of Brinkerhoff Association and St. Louise de Marillac Guild. She enjoyed playing bridge and solving crossword puzzles.

David CastlemanDavid Castleman

David G. Castleman

David Gale Castleman, 47, of Greenwood Village, Colorado, died Monday, June 2, 1997 of cancer. He was employed as an International Director of Human Resources at Echo Bay Mines in Denver, Colorado. He was born on November 23, 1949 in Springfield to Gale and Eileen Castleman. He married Carolyn Hanks on September 4, 1987 in Denver. He was a facilitator of American Compensation Association and Mountain States Employees. He was a graduate of the University of Illinois in 1972 with a Master's Degree in Labor and Industrial Relations. Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Jennifer (Chad) Goveia of Decatur; his parents, Gale and Eileen Castleman of Aurora, Colo.; one sister Cindy (John) Matsko, of Dixon and two nieces, Melissa (Jeff) Engaldo of Champaign and Amy (Mark) Molzer of Wheaton.

Joan Childs

Joan (Childs) Weir

Joan F. (Childs) Weir, 40, of Pleasant Plains, formerly of Springfield , died at 3:05 p.m. Tuesday (May 16, 1989) at Memorial Medical Center. She was born March 13, 1949, in Springfield , the daughter of Donald F. And Ethel Ward Childs Sr. She married William T. Weir in 1975 in Springfield . At the time of her death, she was employed by the state Department of Insurance. Surviving are her husband, William T. Of Springfield ; one stepson, Thomas S. Of Springfield ; one stepdaughter, Angela M. Of Springfield ; father, Donald Childs Sr. Of Tucson, Ariz.; mother, Mrs. EthelChilds of Springfield ; three brothers, Donald Childs Jr. And Dennis Childs , both of Springfield , and Stephen Childs of San Antonio, Texas; four nieces; and four nephews.

Lana Christie

Lana (Christie) DeForest

Lana L. (Christie) DeForest, 42, of Galesburg, formerly of Springfield , died at 5:50 a.m. Tuesday (July 28, 1992) at Cottage Hospital, Galesburg. She was born Nov. 2, 1949, in Springfield , the daughter of Vernon and Virginia L. Scott Christie . She married Michael David DeForest in 1970 in Galesburg. She was preceded in death by her mother. Mrs. DeForest was a professional seamstress. She was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Galesburg. Surviving are her husband Michael David; a son, Patrick Michael at home; three daughters, Pfc. Melissa Deanne DeForest of the Marine Air Force Base in Kaneohe, Hawaii, Jennifer Michelle and Andrea Christine DeForest, both at home; father, Vernon Christie of Champaign; stepfather, Leland Theobald of DuQuoin; four brothers, Larry Christie of Springfield , Vernon Christie Jr. Of Bradenton, Fla., Paul Christieof Champaign and Shawn Christie of Atlanta, Ga.; a stepbrother, Glenn Theobald of Dunlap; and two sisters, Linda Duke of Harvest, Ala., and Letty Christie Ballard of Bradenton, Fla.

Andy ClementsAndy Clements

Andrew Clements

"Andrew Clements is a 2015 inductee to the SHS Hall of Fame."

Prolific children’s author Andrew Clements, best known for his popular middle grade novel Frindle, about a fifth-grader’s plan to invent a new word, died on November 28 in West Baldwin, Me., following an illness. He was 70. Clements was born May 29, 1949 in Camden, N.J. He grew up in the nearby towns of Oaklyn and Cherry Hill before his family moved to Springfield, Ill., when Clements was in sixth grade.

In an anecdote shared with Something About the Author, Clements recalled that he was “something of a showoff” in kindergarten. “I was already a good reader and I didn’t mind who knew about it.” Clement shared in the biography on his website that he credited his parents, both avid readers, with instilling a love of books and reading in him and his siblings, and noted that tech-free family summers spent at a cabin on a lake in Maine helped him “begin to think like a writer.”

At Springfield High School, Clements received recognition from his senior year English teacher for a humorous poem he composed. He wrote in his biography that the praise gave him a confidence boost as he headed to Northwestern University as a literature major. He continued to write poetry at college, and also learned to play the guitar, which led to songwriting just for fun. But when Clements taught a summer series of creative writing workshops for high school students, he enjoyed the experience so much that after earning his B.A. in 1971, he pursued a Master of Arts in Teaching at National Louis University. Upon graduating in 1972, he taught English in suburban Chicago schools for seven years. It was during his early days as a teacher that Clements married actress Rebecca Pierpont, and the couple welcomed their first of four sons.

By 1979, Clements’ teaching career became more precarious because of declining enrollment in the area schools. So he and his wife and toddler son moved to New York City, where he planned to establish himself as a folk singer-songwriter. This move inadvertently brought Clements into the publishing industry when he took a job as an editor at Allen D. Bragdon, a small company that produced how-to books. Clements claimed that his name first appeared in print on the acknowledgments page for a craft book entitled A Country Christmas Treasury by Allen Bragdon (1983).

A new opportunity in publishing, at Natick, Mass., start-up Alphabet Press, which later became Picture Book Studio, landed Clements in the role of acquiring, editing, and marketing children’s books, as well as translating and adapting children’s books imported from Europe. Clements also tried his hand at writing his own work, resulting in the picture book Bird Adalbert, published under the pen name Andrew Elborn (Picture Book Studio, 1985). A steady stream of picture books followed, and in the mid-1990s Clements segued into editorial positions at Houghton Mifflin’s school division and the Christian Science Publishing Society. Soon after, he would write the book that changed his career.

As Clements told the story many times, the spark for Frindle arose from a presentation he gave at an elementary school in 1990 about the way words work. “I was trying to explain to them how words only mean what we decide they mean,” he wrote on his website. He then went on to pull out a pen as an example, and call it a “frindle.” Clements initially developed the idea as a picture book, just like his other titles. But after receiving some rejections—and advice to stretch things into a chapter book—he found a welcoming editor in Stephanie Owens Lurie at Simon & Schuster, who acquired the book and published it as a middle grade novel in 1996. The book has sold 8.3 million copies worldwide (3.7 million domestically) and its success led to Clements becoming a full-time writer.

Clements subsequently went on to write numerous other school stories for middle grade readers, as well as more picture books, and the YA trilogy begun with Things Not Seen (Philomel, 2002). In all, he created more than 80 books for young people.

At Simon & Schuster, Caitlyn Dlouhy, V-P and Editorial Director of Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, edited more than 10 books by Clements between 2008 and 2014. She remembered Clements with these words: “It’s dazzling to think of the millions upon millions of kiddos’ lives Andrew Clements touched. Showing them new ways to see their surroundings—and others within those surroundings—Andrew laced compassion and a keen eye for detail within all of his many works. The compassion was always a given, and never ever didactic. But the detailing shifted vastly from story to story as each book he wrote was singular. It was his care he gave to exacting measurements, maps and architecture that I found especially fascinating. It bespoke of an author who was himself fascinated with maps and architecture, who then shared that knowledge in a way that left readers knowing specifics about things they’d never known about before, without their even knowing that that’s what he was doing. He could surround a mystery, as in his Keepers of the School novels, on the measurement of a hidden room, the placement of a statue, the sound of a hollow, the trajectory of a wrecking ball. That the seemingly smallest details, the smallest actions, could matter so much, is what Andrew reinforced again and again. Andrew Clements, in innumerable ways, reminded us all the pen was mightier than the sword, quite literally.”

Shana Corey, Executive Editor at Random House Children’s Books, edited Clements’s two most recent middle-grade titles, The Friendship War (Feb.) and The Loser’s Club (2017), and noted that at the time of his death, Clements was excited to have begun work on a long-awaited sequel to Frindle. In a note to colleagues, Corey shared some reflections of her author. “I feel so privileged that we had the opportunity to work with him at Random House. Meeting Andrew felt to me like meeting E.B. White, or at least the E.B. White of my imagination. Partly because I always pictured him puttering around his house in Maine. But mostly because Andrew had such an innate wisdom and gentleness about him, a calmness and kindness and a sense of honor and moral clarity that were palpable. He knew everything about the day to day of the publishing business and loved talking about it, and he had hilarious stories about being a Chicago public school teacher and about starting a family in Manhattan while trying to make it in a folk band. But no matter how grounded he was, he also seemed to operate on a slightly higher plane.”

Clements’s literary agent, Amy Berkower at Writers House, paid tribute to her client. “Andrew was an all-around great guy. Having worked as both a publisher and a teacher before he became a writer, he understood the business of publishing as well as he did the craft of writing. He was also a musician, which I think helps explain the source of his pitch-perfect prose. What I’ll remember most about him was his steadfast belief in the importance of letting children be children. He wrote about children with lively imaginations who liked to challenge the status quo as well as the teachers who helped nurture their creativity and guide them towards making a positive impact. He had enormous respect for his audience, and never let them down, as is evident in the long-lasting popularity of his books and his numerous children’s choice awards. A man of rare integrity, grace, and wit, he will be greatly missed.”

Jay Coble

Jay Coble

J. Porter Coble II, 36, of R.R. 1, Loami, died at 7:40 a.m. Wednesday, November 20, 1985, at his residence. He was born in Springfield on February 13, 1949. Mr. Coble was a graduate of Springfield High School. He was employed as office manager of the Coble Animal Hospital. Mr. Coble was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Springfield Motor Boat Club, National Rifle Association and DAV, and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. Surviving are his parents, J. Porter and Alice Coble of Springfield; three brothers, Jim of Springfield and Frank and Rex, both of Loami; grandmother, Mrs. Robbie Grills of Springfield; and two nephews.

Al ColeAl Cole

Albert S. Cole, Jr.

Albert S. Cole, Jr., 70, of Springfield, died at 9:08 pm, Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at Memorial Medical Center. He was born December 11, 1947 in Springfield to Albert S. and Lucille Barker Cole, Sr. He married Anita M. Black on July 25, 1970 and she survives. He is also survived by four children, James Cole, Albert S. (Sandra) Cole III, Jeff Cole and Bobby (Crystal) Cole, all of Springfield; six grandchildren, Kristen, Kilah, Hailey, J.J., Kianna and James; one great grandson, Isaiah; three sisters, Rose (Harry) Jackson of Athens, Alberta Stark of Chatham and Pearl Schuecking of Cantrall; best friends, Robert (Dorothy) Aldridge of St. Peters, MO and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents. Albert was a U.S. Army veteran. He loved bowling, slot machines and vacationing with family and friends. He was a salesman for 7 Up.

Donna CoyDonna Coy Fletcher

Donna (Coy) Fletcher

Donna J. Fletcher, 62, of Metamora passed away at 4:55 p.m. on Monday, June 27, 2011, at her residence with family by her side. She was born on Feb. 10, 1949, in Springfield, Ill., the daughter of Lyle and Betty George Coy. She married Gordon L. Fletcher on Dec. 28, 1968, in Springfield. Surviving are her husband; one daughter, Chanel (Jim) Withers of Peoria and their children, Indy and Coco; and two sons, Jacob (Maura) of Lakewood, Colo., and Aaron of Washington and his children, Noah and Eliza. Also surviving are her mother of Springfield; and three brothers, Dennis (Judy) Coy, Steve (Connie) Coy and Tom Coy. She was preceded in death by her father and one brother, Walter. Donna, owner of Love Flowers, planted many beautiful flower gardens. She was an avid gardener and homemaker, and attended Bradley Epworth Church in Peoria. A natural health advocate, she mentored women and developed many friendships throughout her life. She also enjoyed spending time with her friends and family in the North Woods of Minnesota.

Lanny CrouchLanny Crouch

Lanny Coy Crouch

Lanny Coy Crouch, 66, of Gilbert, Ariz., died on June 1, 2016, at Desert Palm Assisted Living in Chandler, Ariz. He was born Aug. 14, 1949, in Springfield, IL. He is survived by his daughters, Megan Crouch of Washington, D.C., and Amber Crouch of Tempe, Ariz.; father, Keith Crouch of Gilbert, Ariz.; and best fur friend and schnauzer, Payson Dean Arizona Crouch. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mildred Hunt Crouch, and brother, Gary Crouch. Lanny was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving from 1970-1974. He retired from Boeing as a computer programmer for helicopter maintenance after more than 20 years of service. He was an emphatic baseball fan, relentlessly following the Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago Cubs. When he wasn't watching baseball, he was playing poker with his friends or sitting outdoors enjoying the Arizona desert while listening to classic rock.

Pam Cumberworth

Pamela Cumberworth

We lost Pam on August 16, 2015.

Ferris Cummings

Ferris Cummings

We lost Ferris on March 27, 1980.

Alan DannerAlan Danner

Alan Danner

Alan "Al" Danner, 63, of Sherman, passed away on Sunday November 25, 2012 at Memorial Medical Center. He was born on September 10, 1949 in Springfield, the son of Arthur and Velma Woolary Danner. He married Linda Lenhart in Springfield on May 23, 1968 and she survives. Mr. Danner is also survived by his daughter Tricia Danner-Robinson of Sherman, one sister Karen Duckworth of Springfield, one grandson Anthony Danner of Athens, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son Anthony "Tony" Danner. Al was a mechanic at Jack Stoldt Auto Service Center in Springfield for over 30 years, he enjoyed drawing in his home office, and coloring with his grandson.

Randy Davis

Randy Davis


Ellen DawsonEllen Dawson

Ellen (Dawson) Sutton

Ellen Dawson Sutton; mom, aunt, grandmother, wife, and friend, 68 years old, born on October 4, 1949 passed away on July 15, 2018, after a mercifully brief battle with cancer. A lifelong librarian and lover of pretty things, stories, hearth, and home, she raised her family with love, kindness, and care, always thinking of the other person first. She will be remembered for her joy of keeping a beautiful home, her love of her children and grandchildren, and her prolific gift-giving. She is survived by her husband Brett (but only for a short time, as Brett himself passed away only days later, her sons Jesse (Danielle) and Ethan (Erin), and her four grandchildren, Finn, Aksel, Odin, and Astrid.

Judy Dixon

Judy (Dixon) Swift

Judy A. Swift, 67, of Springfield, passed away at 7:13 a.m. on Friday, February 3, 2017 at her home. Judy was born on December 20, 1949, the daughter of Melvin and Jean Lochbaum Dixon. She married Claude Swift, Jr. on April 30, 2011 in Springfield. Judy was a graduate of Springfield High School. She retired from S & K Buick Pontiac. Judy loved gardening, animals and was a great swimmer and water skier. She will be greatly missed. Judy was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Claude of Springfield; son, Todd Shudrowitz of Springfield; daughter, Gina (Brad) Meurer of Chatham; grandchildren, Jacob Scott and Leah Ann Meurer; sister, Linda Cole of Naples, FL; siblings-in-law, Raymond (Helen) Hollin and Judith Swift of Collinsville; nieces and nephews, Christina (Mark) Slade and Tom Cole, Jr.; and great-nieces and great-nephews, Madeline, Andrew, and Samantha Slade.

Kathy Duewer

Kathleen S. (Duewer) Blasingame

Kathleen Sue Blasingame, 53, of Pleasant Plains, formerly of Springfield, died Friday, Oct 18, 2002, at her home. She was born July 3, 1949, in Springfield, the daughter of Walter Matthew and Wilda Lenora Cahill Duewer. She married Samuel Blasingame in 1970. Mrs. Blasingame, a homemaker, was a member of Peter Cartwright Methodist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star. Survivors: husband, Samuel "Sam"; a daughter, Katrina Sue Blasingame (husband, Eric Jurgens) of carbondale; a son, Quentin Matthew Blasingame (wife, Mary Campbell) of Toronto; a brother, George Walter Duewer of Springfield; and several aunts, uncles, neices, nephews and cousins.

Julie Elmore

Julie (Elmore) Harbauer

Julie E. Harbauer, 71, a lifelong resident of Springfield, passed away at 6:40 am Saturday, May 16, 2020 at Aperion Care in Springfield. Julie was born March 27, 1949, the daughter of Norvin and Phyllis (Hollenbeck) Elmore. She graduated from Springfield High School in 1967. Her parents preceded her in death. Julie owned and operated a private daycare for several years and also worked in various flower shops. She was a devoted mother and grandmother and enjoyed times with her family. Surviving are her son Eric of Springfield, her grandchildren; Makena and Greydon Harbauer, her sister, Jodie Larson of Springfield, two nieces, Alinda Hale and Aimee Allbritton, as well as her ex-husband, John Harbauer of Springfield. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Tom EnglandTom England

Mr. Tom England

"If you can read this.., Thank a teacher!"

Thomas E. England, 76, of Springfield, died at 4:55 a.m. Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at St. John’s Hospital. Thomas was born on September 5, 1930 in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Edward and Dorothy Finley England. He married Judy Tinsley on October 23, 1954 in Springfield.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran, receiving the National DKF SVC Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He was a graduate of Lanphier High School and Western Illinois University. He received his Master’s Degree from Sangamon State University (now U.I.S.). He was a member of First Presbyterian Church for approximately fifteen years. He was also a member of The Easy E’s, American Business Club, Springfield Sports Hall of Fame and I.H.S.A. Coaches Hall of Fame.

He was employed as a school teacher and coach at Springfield School District 186 and also Riverton School District. He also had been employed as a Salesman for U.S. Life in the Springfield area, supervisor of couriers and INB mailroom and retired from the State of Illinois Dept. of Financial Institutions. He was a basketball referee and served as the apprentice lounge director at Brookhills Golf Course.

Thomas was a funny gentleman who enjoyed sports, singing and being around people. He was a great dad and grandpa.

He was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving is wife, Judy England of Springfield; two sons: Doug (Elaine) England of Springfield and Steve England of South Korea; three daughters: Karen England of Chicago, Kelly (Brent) Bosie of Riverton and Laura (Jeff) Swetow of Chicago and five grandchildren: Kaitlyn, Hannah, Chase, Brooke and Sara.

Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery where the Department of Defense will conduct military honors.

**Julie (Elmore) Harbauer passed along this link to an article by Jim Ruppert in the State Journal-Register Sports section.**
Veteran hoops ref England dies at 76.

Kathy Errion

Kathy Errion

Kathy Errion passed away of brain cancer on October 16, 2014.

John Ervin

John L. Ervin

Read a Tribute to John

John was drafted and trained as an Army infantryman. He arrived in South Vietnam on January 10, 1970 and joined his unit in Quang Ngai Province south of Da Nang in the I Corps area of north central South Vietnam. On August 31, 1970, John was killed as the result of an undetermined explosion (the phrase typically used to describe a land mine).

Illinois Vietnam Veterans Memorial IVVM Tribute to John

From our hearts, John, thank you for your service and sacrifice!

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"More than a name on The Wall" by The Statler Brothers

Greg Faeth

Greg Faeth

We lost Greg on July 29, 2017.

Dierdre FairDierdre (Fair) Wicker

Dierdre (Fair) Wicker

Dierdre Ann Wicker, 71, of Morton, passed away at 1:40 p.m. Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at home. Born May 15, 1949 in Springfield to Richard and Anna Maxine (Shaw) Fair, she married Neil O. Wicker on April 4, 2002 in Las Vegas. He survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Jennifer Haas of Elizabeth, Colorado; one son, Jeremy Haas of Las Vegas; one stepson, Steven (Andrea) Wicker of Dunlap and one step-grandson, Owen Neil Wicker of Dunlap.

Her parents preceded her in death.

She was a graduate of Illinois State University with her Bachelor’s Degree and later graduated with her Master’s Degree from St. Xavier University.

Dierdre was a Language Arts teacher at Broadmoor Junior High School in Pekin with Pekin Public Schools District 108 from August of 1985 until retiring in June of 2012. While at District 108 she served on numerous professional development committees, served as a teacher mentor and participated in curriculum work. She previously taught several years at St. Joseph School in Pekin. She was a member of the Tazewell County Retired Teachers Association.

Dierdre enjoyed theater, traveling and reading. She enjoyed life’s simple pleasures of spending time with her children on her back patio watching the hummingbirds.

She found true joy and peace in her relationship with God.

Jack Farney

Jack Farney

We lost Jack on June 28, 1969.

Patti FosterPatti Foster Baker

Patricia "Patti" (Foster) Baker

Patricia "Patti" Foster Baker, 60, of Springfield, died at 1:05 a.m. on Saturday, November 21, 2009 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

Patti was born November 1, 1949 in Springfield, the daughter of Earl and Mary Lovelace Foster. She married James Baker at their home on November 21, 2002.

Patti was employed as an elementary school teacher for District 186 for thirty-four years. She graduated from Springfield High School in 1967 and received her Bachelor's degree from Illinois State University and her Master's degree from Sangamon State University. Patti was a member of Elliott Avenue Baptist Church and also attended 1st United Methodist Church. She belonged to the Illinois Reading Council, Illini Country Club and the Sangamo Club.

Patti was an outgoing and considerate woman who loved children and helping others. She enjoyed traveling, reading, gardening, golfing, community theatre and spending time with her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Earl Foster and sister, Mary Groth.

She is survived by her husband, James "Jim" Baker of Springfield; mother, Mary Hawkes of Springfield; stepson, John (wife, Christa) Baker of Springfield; stepdaughters, Kim Simone (husband, Jason) Manning and Kathryn (husband, Brad) Milliman both of Springfield; nine grandchildren, McKenzie and Joe Crockett, Adarian Manning, Andrew, Olivia, Benjamin and Jack Baker and Jack and Luke Milliman; two nieces, Crystal Haynes and Jennifer Jasmon; and two great nieces, Elizabeth and Cassidy Haynes.

Frank FrankowiakFrank Frankowiak

Frank "Mr. Frank" Frankowiak

"If you can read this.., Thank a teacher!"

Frank "Mr. Frank" Frankowiak, 84, of Springfield passed on October 31, 2006 at Memorial Medical Center. He was born on August 6, 1922 in Whiting, Indiana, the son of Frank and Mary Frankowiak. He married Anna Jenkins on February 3, 1945 in Bainbridge, Maryland.

Frank graduated from Clark High School in Hammond, Indiana. He then attended Indiana State University earning a BA and MS degree in 1948. Frank then enlisted in the US Navy in 1942 serving in the Philippine Islands and discharged in 1946.

Mr. Frankowiak moved to Springfield in 1948 where he taught school at Stuart and Hay Edwards Schools. He was the principal of Palmer School, Edison Junoir High, Enos School, Springfield High School, and Director of Secondary, Adult and Vocational Edcuation retiring in 1982. Frank then became Parking Manager for the City of Springfield retiring in 1992.

Frank was a past member of Springfield Junior Chamber of Commerce, YMCA Membership Committee, Mental Health Board of Directors, American Red Cross Board of Directors, Board for Retarded Children, and Springfield Boys Club. Past Commander of American Legion Post 32, President of the Illinois Edcuation Asssociation, President of the Springfield Principal Association, President of Phi Delta Kappa, Vice President of the State Junior High School Association, Director of the Summer Camp for Crippled Children at Camp Star of the Sea and Chairman of Sangamon County United Fund. Frank was elected to the Sangamon County Board and was instrumental in having the Barton Pipe Organ transferred to Springfield High School. He received community service awards for Most Outstanding Jaycee, Outstanding Young Man of Springfield, Boys Club Golden Boy Trophy, Sertoma International Service Award, and Palmer School Reunion Award. He is a current member of St. Paul's Lodge 500, Valley of Springfield Scottish Rite, High "12", Ansar Temple, Capitol City Shrine Club, Ansar Shrine Retirees Club, Life Member American Legion Post 32, Interveterans Burial Detail, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Christ Episcopal Church, and Springfield Bible Church.

Frank is survived by his wife Anna, daughter Linda (Jerry) Neubert of Sullivan, WI. Shirley Frankowiak of Springfield, son Kenneth (Jean) Frankowiak of Springfield, sister Eleanor Lach of Whiting, IN., five granddaughters, one grandson, two great granddaughters, one greatgrandson, and several nieces and nephews.

Monty Fryhoff

Monty Fryhoff

Montell F. "Monty" Fryhoff, 41, of Springfield died at 10:11 p.m. Thursday (May 15, 1990) at St. John's Hospital. He was born Jan 18, 1949, in Springfield, the son of Howard and Helen Steil Fryhoff. He married Patricia O'Connor in 1985. Preceding him in death was one son, Timmy Fryhoff. A lifelong resident of Springfield, Mr. Fryhoff was employed as an accountant executive for Glasrock Home Health Care for four years. He was a graduate of the University of Illinois and a member of Christ Episcopal Church. Surviving are his wife, Patricia; one daughter, Shannon Fryhoff of California; parents, Mr. And Mrs. Howard Fryhoff of Springfield; two sisters, Mrs. Martin (Beverly) Chilovich and Linda Whitlaw, both of Springfield; one aunt; one uncle; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Sharon GallowaySharon Galloway

Sharon B. Galloway

Sharon B. Galloway, 71, of Springfield, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at Lewis Memorial Christian Village in Springfield, IL. Sharon was born on January 14, 1949 in Lexington, KY, the daughter of James B. and Frances T. (Blazejak) Galloway. She attended Springfield High School and graduated in 1967. She began her career in the medical field as a Lab Tech at Memorial Hospital in Springfield, and worked to obtain her RN degree and continued employment at Memorial Medical Center in the Rehabilitation Unit for a total of 25 years. Upon retiring from Memorial, she worked as a registered nurse for Genex Corp. until she retired in 2003. Sharon cherished her pets and especially enjoyed attending various auctions. She took pride in her flower garden and her koi pond. She was extremely talented as an artist and loved to paint and draw pictures. She also enjoyed fishing. Sharon was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her brother, Kerry F. (Cathy) Galloway; two nephews, Brian J. (Tiffany) and Shawn L. Galloway; one niece, Katie N. (Jesse) Fromme; one great-niece, Teagen Galloway, and two great-nephews, Braeden Galloway and Alexander Fromme.

Gaylord GardGaylord Gard

Gaylord L. Gard

Gay Gard died of a brain tumor on Saturday, July 30, 2005 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL. He was born on June 27, 1949 in Springfield, the son of Gaylord G. and Lora Jeanne Bradley Gard. He married Mary E. Lentz in 1970 in Springfield. Gay earned a bachelor's degree in egineering and a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was an engineer in the purchasing department at Caterpillar, Inc. in East Peoria for 32 years. He was a member of the University of Illinois Alumni Association and former member of Dunlap School District Parents Association. We remember Gay as a wonderful friend and classmate and he will be missed.

Tom Graves

Tom Graves

We lost Tom on December 4, 1976.

Nancy GrimsleyNanacy Grimsley

Nancy Grimsley

Nancy K. Clow, 59, of Springfield, formerly of Cullom, IL, died at 7:20 a.m. on Thursday, November 15, 2007 at St. John's Hospice. Nancy was born August 5, 1948 in Fairbury, IL, the daughter of Norman L. and Eileen C. Leeper Grimsley. She married John R. Clow in October of 1968 in Springfield; he preceded her in death. Nancy was a member of First United Methodist Church. She was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, especially her granddaughters. She was also preceded in death by her parents and two sisters: Cheryl Righter and Phyllis Creek. She is survived by one daughter: Lori (husband, John) Mitchell of Springfield; one son: John E. Clow of Sarasota, FL; two granddaughters, Caroline and Grace Mitchell; one brother: Norman (wife, Pam) Grimsley of Aroma Park, IL; one aunt; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.


Richard Hampton

We lost Richard on November 29, 2014.

Bev HanselmanBev Hanselman

Beverly "Bev" Hanselman-Wessing

Beverly "Bev" Hanselman-Wessing, 63, of Springfield, died at 8:25 p.m. on Sunday, January 20, 2013 at her home.Bev was born April 1, 1949, the daughter of Eugene and Clara DeSalle Hanselman. She married Terry Wessing Sr. on April 12, 1969 at Church of the Little Flower; he preceded her in death on March 6, 2008. Bev was a 1967 graduate of Springfield High School and worked as a secretary to Senate staff for 34 years. She served as an election judge and volunteered at St. Cabrini Catholic Church activities. Along with being a member of St. Cabrini Catholic Church, she was also a loyal supporter of St. Jude's. Bev liked to play bingo, was an avid NASCAR fan, and enjoyed camping, traveling, crafting, spending time with family and going to casinos. She was also preceded in death by her parents and grandparents. She is survived by one son, Terry R. (wife, Dawn) Wessing, Jr. of Springfield; one daughter, Tara (husband, Jason) Gail of Springfield; one grandchild, Bristol Lynn Wessing of Springfield; mother-in-law, Nellie "Betsy" Britz of Springfield; several nieces, nephews, and cousins, including a special cousin, Charles (wife, Denise) Irwin of Decatur.

Chuck Heckler

Charles B. Heckler Jr.

Charles B. Heckler Jr., October 17, 1947-September 19, 2009. Chuck passed away at his home in Atlanta, GA on September 19, 2009. Chuck was born and raised in Springfield, IL, and graduated from Springfield High School. He held a bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. He was the only child born to the late Charles and Mary Virginia Heckler. Chuck is survived by his beloved children, Brian Heckler of Buffalo, NY, Sarah Heckler of San Diego, CA, and Diane Heckler Smith of Eden, NY; and treasured grandchild Madison Dzubella. He will also be forever remembered by his lifelong sweetheart, Mary Hagerman Heckler. Chuck had countless friends and family who were blessed to have known him. Chuck loved to watch any and every sport ever made on TV. He also loved being with his family, having fun with friends and playing on his dart league. Chuck touched the lives of many people; everyone just loved to be around him for his trademark sense of humor. He will be missed by all of the people who loved him.

Alice HenselerAlice Henseler

Alice M. Henseler

"If you can read this.., Thank a teacher!"

Alice M. Henseler, 76, of Peoria, passed away at 9:35 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center. Born Dec. 9, 1939, in Peoria, Ill., a daughter to Alexander J. Henseler, Sr. and Marcella (Ary) Henseler.

Alice graduated from Canton Senior High School in 1957. She attended undergraduate school at Rosary College in River Forrest, Ill., and went on to obtain her master's degree in education from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. After many years of teaching in the St. Louis, Mo., and Springfield, Ill., areas, she obtained her degree in family counseling from Hazelton in Minnesota. After graduation she worked in private practice in the Peoria area.

She was involved with the Cursillo for over 40 years. She was interested in gardening and animals.

Alice is survived by her two brothers, Alexander J. Henseler, Jr. of Canton, and Father Tom Henseler of Peoria; three sisters: Victoria Kuntzmann of Havana, Beth Murray of Peoria, and Patricia Florey of Pennsylvania; as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers: Phillip, Richard and John.

Lawrence Hensey

Lawrence L. Hensey, Jr.

Read a Tribute to Larry

Larry enlisted in the Army and went to Vietnam on August 11, 1969 where he served as a UH-1H Huey helicopter crewman and door gunner. On April 19, 1970, at the age of 20, he died in a helicopter crash in Pleiku, South Vietnam.

Spec. 4 Lawrence Louis Hensy Jr., 20, was killed in Vietnam April 19. He was born May 18, 1949 in Springfield the son of Lawrence L. and Mary Gooch Hensey Sr. He graduated from Springfield High School in the class of June 1967. He was a lifelong resident of Springfield. Prior to entry into military service, on March 13, 1969, he had been employed at the Eieners' Stores and at Sangamo Electric Company. He is survived by his parents; teo sisters, Miss Patricia Hensey and Miss Rose Hensey; one brother, Jim Hensy, all at home; his grandfather, Charles Hensey of Springfield. A military chaplain will officiate and full military honors will be rendered by a detail from Fort Sheridan. Burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetary.

Illinois Vietnam Veterans Memorial IVVM Tribute to Larry

From our hearts, Larry, thank you for your service and sacrifice!

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Mike HermanMike Herman

Michael Herman

Michael Herman, 66, of Springfield, died at 11:30 pm, Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at the Illinois Veteran’s Home in Quincy. He was born November 2, 1949 in Indianapolis, IN to Paul and Lillian Clay Ivy. His parents and one brother, Clell Ivy preceded him in death. Surviving are three daughters: Arlene (Clarence) Walton of Arkansas, Karmen Goodrich and Katherine Herman, both of Springfield; one son, Aaron Herman of Springfield; ten grandchildren; one great grandchild; three brothers, Roger Ivy and Aaron (Ann) Hannon, both of California and Craig Ivy of Springfield, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.Mr. Herman was a member of Zion Baptist Church. He was a United States Marine Corps Veteran. He loved fishing, gardening and spending time with his grandkids. Michael was an ironworker with the Iron Workers Local #46.

Sandy HinckleSandy Hinckle

Sandy (Hinckle) Noesges

Sandra K. "Sandy" Noesges lost her 3 year battle with metastatic breast cancer at 2:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009 at the age of 60. She was born to Elroy Dean and Ruby Evelyn Hinckle on October 20, 1949, in Springfield, Illinois. As a young girl, Sandy enjoyed all forms of dance, including tap, ballet, toe and aerial acrobat and gymnastics. She loved performing in dance recitals at the local civic center, ice cream socials, and minstrel shows. Childhood in the 1950s was simple and care-free for her and all her baby-boomer friends. She attended Springfield High School, graduating in 1967. She worked briefly in Illinois at WMAY radio station and later for the Illinois Nurses Association. While in Illinois, she was a member of Woodside United Methodist Church. Sandy married Mark M. Noesges, on July 1, 1972. They lived briefly in Springfield and moved to Los Angeles, CA in early 1974. There, both worked for Bechtel Power Corporation, he as an engineer and she as an administrative assistant in procurement. In 1978, while in California, the couple had a son. The family accepted a job transfer to Houston, TX in 1982, settling in Kingwood, a Houston suburb, where she lived until her death. Sandy is survived by her husband, Mark Noesges of Kingwood, TX; son, Scott (Karen) Noesges of Murphy, TX; cousins, Carol (Dick) Plohr and family of Milan, IL and Pam Hinckle of New Berlin, IL; sisters-in-law, Pam (Ken) Murphy and family of Spfld, IL and Marsha (Andy) Gordon and family of Spfld, IL; best friend, Linda (Jim) Stoppelwerth of Riverton, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews and friends in CA, TX, and IL. Final burial at Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois.

Karen HockenyosKaren Hockenyos

Karen Hockenyos (Yarnell) Goodwin

Dr. Karen Hockenyos (Yarnell) Goodwin, PhD, age 70 of Pagosa Springs, CO, passed away at home on April 24, 2019, surrounded by family after a year-long struggle with cancer. She is survived by her husband, (John G Goodwin, Jr.), two children (Sarah and Jacob), two grandchildren (Madeleine and Carson), siblings (Jon, Kris, and Mark) and their extended families.

Born 1949 in Springfield, IL to George and Gwendolyn (Hemion) Hockenyos, she was the youngest of four children. Education included Springfield High School (1967), Illinois Wesleyan Univ, Univ of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (BA 1971), and Northern Arizona University (MS Forestry 1993, PhD Forest Science 2004).

At U of I, she met Michael Allen Yarnell and they married in 1971. After a year abroad in Seoul, SK, they settled in Phoenix, AZ and raised their children, Sarah and Jacob. A dedicated wife and mother, she was also active in local charities, including The Star Starters and Phoenix Children's Theater.

In mid-life, Karen became an advocate for the preservation of Northern Arizona's old-growth National Forests. She worked with various groups to protect these public treasures for future generations. She then returned to graduate school to study and contribute to the science of forest health. During this time, she met and married her second husband, John Goodwin, Jr in 1997. They resided in Flagstaff, AZ for many years, and retired to the Pagosa Springs, CO area in 2014.

Throughout her life, Karen enjoyed sharing adventures with family and friends, supporting environmental and social justice activism, caring for pets, playing the piano, gardening, cooking, watching the Phoenix Suns, and reading in view of beautiful western vistas.

Karen is deeply missed and will always be remembered for her love, laughter and courage. At her request, there was no formal service. The family asks that you honor her memory by spending time in nature with loved ones and by taking a positive action to improve the world for others.

Hank Hodge

Hank Hodge

We lost Hank on November 30, 1983.

Sharon HoldmanSharon Holdman

Sharon K. (Holdman) Horrighs

Sharon K. Horrighs, 51, of Springfield died Sunday, March 25, 2001, at her residence. She was born March 31, 1949, in Decatur, the daughter of Howard Eugene and Evelyn Holdman. She married Lee D. Horrighs Sr. in 1968. Mrs. Horrighs was a homemaker. Survivors: husband, Lee; a son, Lee D. (wife Angie) Horrighs Jr. of Springfield; four brother, Roy (wife, Sue) Holdman of Decatur, Richard (wife, Kathy) Holdman of Springfield, Wendall Holdman of Sherman and Wesley (wife, Peggy) Holdman of Williamsville; three sisters, Tina Holdman and Della (husband, John) Throop, both of Springfield, and Theresa Poole of I owa; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Larry Holvey

Larry W. Holvey

Larry passed in April 2019.

Jerry HopwoodJerry Hopwood

Jerry Lee Hopwood

Jerry Lee Hopwood, 62, formerly of Springfield, died on January 8, 2012. Preceding him in death were parents, Donald E. and Jane Hopwood. Surviving are daughters, Leanne Hopwood of Springfield and Elizabeth (husband, Travis) Newton of Bettendorf, IA. Also surviving are brother, James Hopwood of Arlington Heights, two granddaughters, nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Hopwood is a graduate of Western Illinois University and he was employed by the former First National Bank of Springfield. He was a member of the Elks, Masons, Ansar Shrines and R.O.J.

Bill HughesBill Hughes

William C. Hughes

William "Bill" Conner Hughes, 56, of Manchaca, Texas, formerly of Springfield, died Thursday, December 14, 2006, of lymphoma cancer. He was born December 17, 1949, in Columbia, MO., the son of George R. and Marguerite Conner Hughes. Mr. Hughes graduated from Springfield High School in 1967. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving from 1969 to 1973, including in Southeast Asia. He retired from IBM after 32 years. Survivors: wife, Janice A. Hughes; son, Mathew Hughes of Austin; daughter, Dr. Holly A. (husband Mike) Poremski of Austin; a grandson; parents, George and Marguerite of Springfield; and sister, Catherine Doyle of Anaheim, California. Gone much to soon, we will miss Bill and keep him in fond memories of days so long past.

Preston Huth

Preston Huth


Anita Iba

Anita Iba

Anita Iba died Wednesday, May 24, 2017 in St Louis, Mo. She was 67 years old. Anita was born December 3, 1949 to Kenneth and Joan Iba in Columbus, Ohio. Anita graduated from Springfield High School in 1967 where she was a member of The Singing Seven ensemble in both her Junior and Senior years. After graduation from SHS, she attended Illinois State University. Anita is survived by her son Matthew (Jennifer) Unglaub, daughter Danielle (Sean) Glowacz and brother Kent (Susie) Iba. Anita is also survived by grandchildren McKenna Unglaub and Conner Glowacz.

Paul IsringhausenPaul Isringhausen

Paul E. Isringhausen

Paul Edward Isringhausen, 60, of Atlanta, Georgia, died January 25, 2010, at his home. Born March 25, 1949, in Springfield, Illinois, to Bob and Camille (Ray) Isringhausen. Upon graduation from Springfield High School in 1967, Paul went on to complete his education with a bachelor of science in accountancy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Paul was an accomplished violinist throughout high school and college. After attaining his CPA license and accounting degree he was employed by Arthur Andersen, LLP, in Atlanta from 1971 until 1980, at which time he resigned to pursue his passion for cars. Shortly thereafter he opened Luxury Auto Rentals in Buckhead, and was involved in the luxury car business until his death. In addition, Paul had an acute appreciation for classic restorations which spanned from automobiles to fine homes. Paul was characterized by his great loves which were family, American history, classical music, and most especially long lunches with his great friends. He knew the Lord in a personal way and enjoyed spirited discussions of religion or politics, being staunch in all his beliefs. Mr. Isringhausen is survived by his wife, Carolyn Mellon; stepson, Colin and spouse, Stacy and their children Chandler and Hannah Jane; stepson, Dean and spouse Julie and their son, Dean Paul; brother, Geoff Isringhausen and spouse Jennifer and their children, Geoffrey, Brittney and Hayley; sister, Nancy Doran and spouse, Don Doran and their daughters, Ashley, Courtney and Shelbey; sister-in-law, Sue Isringhausen and her children, Luke, Abby, Tyler, Joe and Ike; and his mother, Camille Isringhausen; and of course, Chatty, his beloved golden retriever who was by his side, standing guard, when he passed away. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert L. Isringhausen and his much-loved brother, Rob Isringhausen.

Susan Jensen

Susan Jensen-Veit

Susan H. Jensen-Veit, 50, of Munich, Germany, formerly of Springfield, died Friday, December 17, 1999. She was born November 10, 1949, in Evanston, the daughter of Robert and Violet Linnemann Jensen. She married Johannes Veit. Mrs. Johannes-Veit attended St. John's Lutheran School in Mount Prospect, Trinity Lutheran School in Springfield and was a graduate of Springfield High School. She also attended Valparaiso University and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1974. She was a foreign exchange student at the University of Frankfort, Germany, before establishing residency in Munich. Survivors: husband, Johannes Veit; mother, Violet Jensen of Springfield; a sister, Karen Pacheco of Los Angeles; three brothers, Robert Jensen of Shawnee, Kansas, Thomas (wife, Ann) Jensen of Decatur and William (wife, Cindy) Jensen of Sherman; six nieces; five nephews; a great-niece; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Dave JohnsonDave Johnson

David Johnson

David passed away on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008, at St. John's Hospital. He was born June 19, 1947, in Springfield, the son of Helen M. Johnson. He married Susan K. Ritter in Springfield on Jan. 20, 1973. He was an operating engineer for 34 years and worked the past 25 years with Petersburg Plumbing and Heating. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He is survived by his mother, Helen of Springfield; wife, Susan K. (Ritter) Johnson of Springfield; and two daughters, Tasha Johnson and Amy Friedman; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Burial was at Camp Butler National Cemetery, with military honors provided by the U.S. Army and the Interveterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County.

Rich JonesRich Jones

Rich Jones

James R. “Rich” Jones, 58, of Auburn, died at 7:40 a.m. on Friday, July 27, 2007 at Memorial Medical Center. Rich was born May 29, 1949 in Springfield, the son of James Luther and Clara Jean Stewart Jones. He married Doris I. Bortell on April 19, 1980 in Chatham. Rich was a 1967 graduate of Springfield High School. He then attended the United Electronics Institute in Louisville, KY. He was employed at Texas Instruments in Dallas, TX in the early 1970’s working on the Forward Looking Infrared Radars (FLIR). Rich then worked for the Dickey-john Corporation in Auburn in the Engineering Department. Rich was his family’s handyman. He enjoyed tinkering and helping with many projects. He also enjoyed playing for St. John’s Lutheran Church in Chatham’s softball league. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife: Doris Jones of Auburn; four children: Theresa Jones of Springfield, Mike Jones of St. Louis, Michelle Jones (fiancé, Nick Reagon) of St. Louis and Melanie Jones of Auburn; two sisters: Barb (husband, Tom) Marvel of Springfield and Rebecca (husband, David) Jones-Grooms of Elm City, NC; one aunt: Avo Hancock of CA; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and three cats: Puddles, Harley and Tigger.

John Karnes

John M. Karnes

John M. Karnes, 67, passed away on Friday, April 28, 2017 at his residence.

Richard King

Richard King

We lost Richard on September 21, 2006.

Jim KirchnerJim Kirchner

James Alan Kirchner

Jim passed away at his home in Chatham, Illinois on Sunday, August 29, 2004. He was born in Lincoln on June 6, 1949, the son of Alan E. and Anna E. Nofsinger Kirchner. He married Janice Brunner on March 21, 2002. He was a claims specialist for General Casualty Insurance Co. A U.S. Army veteran, Jim served during the Vietnam era. He was a member of First United Methodist Church. He enjoyed reading, working jumble puzzles, playing scrabble and history and war history. Jim was proud to be a native Springfieldian. We are proud to call him "friend" and will miss him.

Sandy Kirk

Sandra (Kirk) Hill

Sandra "Sandy" Ann Hill, 57, a lifelong resident of Springfield, died at 9:52 a.m. Tuesday, May 15, 2007, at her home after a battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). She was born July 24, 1949, in Springfield, the daughter of John Lowell and Thelma Maxine Engle Kirk. She married Kent Hill on Aug. 2, 1975. Her mother preceded her in death. Mrs. Hill worked at the state Department of Registration and Education, which is now the Department of Professional Regulation, office of military affairs and the office of the state fire marshal, retiring in 2002. She was a gifted artist, avid reader and a baker of wonderful treats who loved her family deeply. She enjoyed scrapbooking and photography, as well as long walks in the park with Kent and their Scottie, Bonnie. She had a smile that lit up the room. She was an eye donor through the Heartland Lions Eye Bank so that others may see the world. Surviving are her husband, Kent Hill of Springfield; sister, Nancy Marie Kirk of Springfield; two brothers, John Wayne (Janice M.) Kirk of Springfield and Mark Brian Kirk of Manassas, Va.; father, John Lowell Kirk of Springfield; several aunts, uncles, nieces, great-nieces and cousins; and a great-nephew.

Bruce KohlBruce Kohl

Bruce Kohl

Bruce A. Kohl, 63, of Shelbyville, Kentucky, formerly of Pawnee, IL died Tuesday, December 18, 2012 in Louisville. He was a native of Springfield, Illinois. He was A U. S. Army veteran and retired from State of Illinois Department of Public Health. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Virginia Grimmett Kohl and special aunt, Vivian Smith. He is survived by his wife, Sonja Boggs Kohl, Shelbyville; daughter, Kristin Ford (Brian), Champaign, IL; son, Sean Kohl (Brittani Smith), Pawnee, IL; granddaughter, Alyssa Kohl, Pawnee, IL; best friend, Joe Ashcraft, Springfield, IL; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other special family members.

Charlie KonettCharlie Konett

Charlie Konett

Charlie Konett, 66, passed away on the afternoon of January 13, 2016 in Kalamazoo, MI. He was born January 18, 1949 in Peru, IL, the son of Lee and Virginia Konett. Charlie graduated from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, with a degree in finance. On June 12, 1971, he was united in marriage to his loving wife Lynne. Charlie and Lynne moved to Kalamazoo in 1976 to establish Bilbo's Pizza, along with their dear friends John and Debbie Hindman. Charlie was a long time runner and cyclist, dedicated to the fitness of his body and mind. He was a fourth degree black belt and instructor in Tae Kwon Do. Charlie actively engaged in the pursuit of knowledge through his love of literature, music, poetry, and science. He was a genuine person, loved as a father, grandfather, friend, and employer. Charlie was a hero to his children and the true love of Lynne's life. He loved to laugh and looked forward to his yearly fishing trip in Canada with his friends. He spent years volunteering in the Kalamazoo Public Schools and for the AYSO. Charlie and Lynne enjoyed traveling to new places, biking and sitting on the beach. They especially loved being active in their favorite spot, Glen Arbor, MI. He is survived by his wife, Lynne, son Zachary (M.L.), son Nicholas (Julie), son Ethan (Tracy), and daughter Maggie. Charlie enjoyed time with his seven wonderful grandchildren: Ali, Xav, Lena, Liv, Johnathan, Maya, and Sam. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Greg Radisch (Ruth Hodge) and sisters Paula Venturi (Mark) and Ellen Wilson.

Tom Kubish

Thomas E. Kubish

Thomas E, Kubish, 52, of Tucson, formerly of Springfield, died Thursday, Aug 30, 2001, in Tucson. He was born July 16, 1949, the son of Edward and Dorothea Sommer Kubish. He married Kathie Anderson. Mr. Kubish was a graduate of Springfield High School and attended Western Illinois University in Macomb. Survivors: wife, Kathie; a son, Phillip Kubish of Sacramento, Calif.; two daughters, Krysti Neer of San Diego and Jan Regeneitter of Salt Lake City; five grandchildren; mother, Dorothea Kubish of Springfield; a sister, Kathie Kubish Wozniak of Springfield; and several nieces and nephews.

Ed Lammert

Ed Lammert

We lost Ed on April 26, 1986.

Janet Lanham

Janet (Lanham) Collins

Janet Kay Collins, 68, passed away on October 11, 2017.

Kurt Lee

Kurt Lee

We lost Kurt on February 9, 2008.

Dave Leslie

David N.Leslie

Dave Leslie, age, 65, beloved husband of Colleen (Deihs) passed away on Monday, June 16, 2014. Born in Springfield, IL, the son of the late Ralph and Marceline (Dennis) Leslie, he lived in West Milford, NJ before moving to Franklin, NJ in 2011. An Army veteran of the Vietnam War, he was general manager for Noritsu American Corporation, Fairfield. A West Milford Little League volunteer, he was a member of Disabled American Veterans and the West Milford V. F. W. Post 7198. Along with his wife, he is survived by four children, Lisa Donovan (husband Bryan) of Houston, TX; Michael Leslie (wife Rita) of Stuart, FL; Brian Leslie (wife Jacky) of Franklin, NJ and Justin Leslie (wife Brittany) of Wanaque, NJ; a sister Ellen Caraveo of California and eight grandchildren: Evyn, Ella, Gianna, Francesca, Michaela, Bryce, Cameron and Rylee.

Roy Lessly

Roy Lessly

"If you can read this.., Thank a teacher!"

Roy Allen Lessly, 88, of Collinsville, VA, died Friday, November 30, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Doris Adcock Lessly, a daughter, Phyllis L. Fleming; 2 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Mr. Lessly is fondly remembered as one of our English teachers at SHS.

Diana Logue

Diana Logue


Harry LogueHarry Logue

Harry Logue

Harry "Sonny" Logue, 68 of Rochester, passed away at 7:05 a.m., Sunday, May 28, 2017, at Memorial Medical Center. He was born to John and Sophia (Miller) Logue on Nov. 28, 1948, in Virginia, Ill. He married Linda Wright on July 5, 1969, and she survives. Survivors include his wife, Linda Logue; one son, Scott Logue of Chatham; one sister, Martha Lou (Ron) Wesselman of Franklin, Ind.; two sisters-in-law, Penny Logue of Williamsburg, Va., and Norma Logue of Springfield; three beloved pets: Shelby, Bella, and Gizmo; and several nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents; three brothers: Lonnie, Jim, and Raymond Logue; one sister, Doris Brown; one brother-in-law, Bill Brown; one sister-in-law, Judy Logue; and two brothers and one sister who passed away in their youth. Sonny was a former employee of the U.S. Post Office for over 20 years. He enjoyed working on cars, building (subcontractor), and loved his animals. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Vietnam Era, earning the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

Sandy Lowery

Sandy E. (Lowery) Fuson

Sandy E. Fuson, 54, of Springfield died Wednesday, Feb 4, 2004, at St. John's Hospital. She was born July 20, 1949, in Springfield, the daughter of Cal E. and Gloria J. Maloney Lowery. She is a 1967 graduate of Springfield High School and a 1968 graduate of School of Cosmetology. She was co-owner of Today's Headlines hair salon and attended Hope Evangelical Free Church. Survivors: mother, Gloria J. Lowery of Springfield; four aunts; and several cousins.

Phil MaxwellPhil Maxwell

Phillip Lee Roy Maxwell

There are few men of real courage, Phil Maxwell proved himself one. His six-year courageous battle of cancer came to an end Friday, April 29, 2011, when he passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones at Memorial Medical Center. Phil was born Saturday, April 10, 1948 in Rushville, IL the son of Phillip Lacy and Betty June (Kinkead) Maxwell. He was preceded in death by a sister, Jennifer Maxwell in 1976 and his father in 1999. He married Cindy Livingston on August 22, 1969. Together they have a daughter, Ashleigh Elizabeth Maxwell Watson (husband, Jeffrey) of Williamsville and six grandchildren, Jonathan, Adam, Matthew, Katie, Ellie Blaine, and Izabella. On March 26, 2008 he married Donna Curry Miller. She has three daughters Stacy McClanhan (husband, Carl), Jaime Houle (husband, Ryan), and Terri Miller (fiance, Nick Motley); and five grandchildren, Ashleigh, Matthew, Ryleigh, Gabrielle, and Caden. He is also survived by his mother; six siblings, Bob (late wife, Jan) Maxwell, Sharon (husband, Jim) Stickel, Marilyn Kuykendall, Mick Maxwell (companion, Mary Kay Lentz), Tom (wife, Jannie) Maxwell, and Jimmy Maxwell; and several nieces and nephews. Phil graduated from Springfield High School in 1967 where he was point guard on their 1967 3rd Place State Champion basketball team, he also played baseball and football. After high school he went on to attend Springfield College where he earned his Associates of Arts on June 1, 1969. He was a point guard for their basketball team as well. He earned his Bachelor's of Science in Special Education from Illinois State University on June 10, 1972. Phil was a Special Education teacher, he worked at McFarland, Staley School, Jefferson but he spent the majority of his 30 plus years career at Springfield High School. He was an assistant football coach, started the girls softball program, and even during his battle with his cancer this year, worked some of the boys football and basketball games. He retired from Springfield Public Schools, District 186 in April 2005. He was member of the Anchor Boat Club since 1986, and became an honorary member this year. He played on their softball team since his joining and remained an active part of the team, coaching and offering his sometimes unsolicted advise. He also played softball at Four Seasons on the Underfanger Moving & Storage and Springfield Tavern teams. He was an avid sports fan, Cubs fan, enjoyed playing golf and fantasy football. Phil loved vacationing in Florida on the beach and walking in Washington Park. But most of all he loved spending time with his family, friends and his one eyed cat "Stinky the Kitty".

Linda McCarthyLinda McCarthy

Linda (McCarthy) Thomas

Linda Sue Thomas, 61, of Springfield, went home to meet her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at 5:21pm, Thursday, October 14, 2010 at Memorial Medical Center. She was born March 24, 1949 in Springfield, IL to Cornelius J. and Marcella Snieder McCarthy. She is survived by 2 daughters Tiffany Thomas of Springfield and Judy Thomas of Indianapolis, IN; 1 brother William McCarthy of Springfield and several cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents. Linda was a proud member of Calvary Temple where she was very active in small groups. She loved her daughter-Tiffany and her cats, as well as hockey. She was a member of the Springfield Junior Blues Booster Club and enjoyed reading mystery novels. Linda was employed by the State of Illinois in the Bloom building and worked part time for the McCarthy Sales Group. She was a graduate of Springfield High School. Linda was down to earth, full of life, always joking and loved Christian music.

Linda McCoy

Mrs. Linda McCoy

Linda L. McCoy, 64, of Springfield died Tuesday at her home. She was born June 22, 1933, in Petersburg, the daughter of Lloyd and Helen Young Pearson. Mrs. McCoy, a 1951 graduate of Rushville High School, received a bachelor's degree in teaching from Florida Southern University in 1957. She started work with School District 186 in the fall of 1957 and retired in 1989, after 32 years as a P.E. instructor at Springfield and Lanphier high schools. She was currently employed by the state Department of Central Management Services as a Tech 1. She was a member of the Spanish and American Club. Survivors: a son, Guy L. McCoy of Springfield; two grandchildren, and mother, Helen Young Pearson of Rushville.

Jody McLainJody McLain

Jody (McLain) Reznik

Joellyn McLain Reznik, 45, of Springfield died Sunday at St. Louis University Hospital. She was born February 8, 1949, in Springfield, the daughter of Ralston and JoAnn Turley McLain Jr. Survivors: a son, Todd McLain Burke of Springfield; father, Ralston McLain Jr. of Springfield; mother, JoAnn McLain of Raleigh, North Carolina; a brother, John McLain of Chester, Connecticut; and two nieces.

George MeidelGeorge Meidel

George E. Meidel

"If you can read this.., Thank a teacher!"

George E. Meidel, 81, passed away Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL. He was born in Springfield, Aug. 10, 1933, the son of George W. and Francene (Bruckman) Meidel. He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson, Yousef Ashwas, and a daughter-in-law, Ginger Meidel. George served in the United States Army. He was a member of Laurel United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Men. He was an avid golfer, but most of all, enjoyed his family and especially his grandchildren. George was an educator with Springfield School District #186, teaching at Jefferson Middle School and Springfield High School. He retired in 1993 as the Assistant Principal at Springfield Southeast High School. He also coached golf and wrestling and was a member of the Illinois Education Association and the National Education Association, as well as the Illinois Principal's Association. He married Joella Brewer-Anderson in 1982 and she survives. He is also survived by his children, Michael (Janice) Meidel of St. Petersburg, FL, Catherine (Ward) Scott of Le Claire, IA, and Kurt (Deb) Meidel of O'Fallon, IL; his step-children, Karen (Bert) Bennett of Sherman, IL, Kelley (Steve) Jeffers of Springfield, and Kirk (Heather) Anderson of Portland, OR. He has 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his sister, Marlene (Sam) Cotner of Bloomington, IN; his brother, Jerry (Karen) Meidel of Locust Grove, VA; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Rex L. Merrick

Rex L. Merrick

Rex L. Merrick. 51, of Springfield died Thursday, July 13, 2001. He was born Nov 15, 1949, in Springfield, the son of Mary L. and Stanley A. Merrick Sr. Mr. Merrick graduated from Springfield High School in 1967, Springfield College in 1969 and with honors from the University of Illinois in 1974. He was accepted to the University of Chicago Law School. He joined the U.S. Army in 1970 and attended OCS. He attained the rank of sergeant and served in the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam. He was self-employed. Survivors: two brothers, Jerry A. Merrick Sr. of Bushnell and W. Joseph Merrick of Springfield; a sister, Sharon J. Vinson of Springfield; and several nieces and nephews.

Paula MohrPaula Mohr

Paula (Mohr) Shepard

Paula Annette (Mohr) Shepard, 57, of Springfield passed away at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2007, at her home. She was born October 12, 1949, in Peoria, the daughter of Wilhelmina and Raymond Mohr. She married and divorced Ross Shepard, also of Springfield. Surviving are her parents, Wilhelmina and Raymond Mohr; and her daughter, Courtney Nicole Shepard. Paula owned and operated Kids Only, Inc. in Springfield since 2005, and had been an employee there since 1989.

Bill Monahan

Bill Monahan

We lost Bill on January 11, 1984.

Bill MoonBill Moon

Bill Moon

William H. "Bill" Moon, 59, of Springfield died at 6:33 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009, at his residence. He was born Aug. 22, 1949, the son of Harold and Marjorie Moon. He married Sandy Sidener. He was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving are two children, Justin and Jessica Moon; three grandchildren, Tyler, Nathan and Devin Moon, all of Springfield; and two sisters, Sue Cioni of Oregon and Judy Moon of Missouri.

Linda MullaneLinda Mullane

Linda (Mullane) Prolla

Linda passed away on Saturday, February 15, 2003, at the Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Illinois. She was born May 10, 1949 in Springfield. After graduation from Illinois State University she went on to earn a Master's Degree from the University of Illinois at Springfield. Linda taught high school in the Springfield School District. In 1983 she married Robert H. Prolla. She was a member of First United Methodist Church and the Illini Country Club. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Springfield Art Association and Friends of Memorial Medical Center. Linda was a kind, caring person and a wonderful friend. All of us will miss her.

Rich Nelch

Rich Nelch

We lost Rich on August 4, 1974.

Ed Parch

Ed Parch

We lost Ed on September 26, 1978.

Robert Peek

Robert Peek


Rick PlainRick Plain

Richard B. Plain II

Rev. Richard B. Plain II, born August 8, 1949 died in Ventura, CA on August 5, 2018 where he was living for the past 4 years. His health had been declining the past few months with a diagnosis of COPD and he was having a lot of pain in his knee that made walking more difficult. As a pastor at St. Andrew's, he has recently been working to establish an endowment at Africa University to be made in Rick’s name. This endowment fund has enabled three women to complete their education at Africa University and will continue to help more women in the future as the fund continues to grow. Although separated by distance, Rick had been really good about calling his family on a regular basis to let everyone know how much he loved them. He was a good husband and father. The family is grateful for the kind, intelligent, loving man he was in their lives.

Wendell Porter

Wendell F. Porter

Wendell F. Porter, 47, of Carbondale, formerly of Springfield, died February 5, 1997 at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. He was born March 3, 1949, in St. Louis, the son of Wendell and Velma Porter. A graduate of Springfield High School, Mr. Porter was self-employed. Survivors: mother and stepfather, Velma and Don Campbell of Williamsville; a sister, Brenda Heriford of Green Valley; two stepbrothers, Michael Campbell of Williamsville and Anthony Campbell of Lincoln; a stepsister, Sally Beard of Bourbonnais; a nephew; and a companion, Lori Meyer of Carbondale.

Bill PrillamanBill Prillaman

William Prillaman

Bill passed away on Saturday, January 3, 2004, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. He was born June 28, 1949, in Springfield, the son of John M. and Mary Elizabeth "Lib" Duncan Prillaman. He married Mary Ann Bonansinga in 1975. He attended Westminster College and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. A member of the 183rd Tactical Fighter Group of the Illinois National Guard, Bill was honorably discharged as a sergeant. He was a territorial sales representative with Roland Machinery Co. for 30 years. We will remember Bill as a dear classmate and great friend. We'll miss you, buddy.

John PuyearJohn Puyear

John A. Puyear

John Arthur Puyear, 67, of Springfield passed away Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at St. Johns Hospital. He was born March 15, 1949, in Springfield, IL to Charles and Bernice (Dixon) Puyear. He married Sandra Harris on April 14, 1996, in Memphis, Tennessee. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a son Jamie Puyear. John was an entertainer, clown, magician, amusement operator and purveyor of good times. John was a member of Southern View Chapel. He is survived by his wife, Sandra; two sons, Jeremy (wife, Kelly) Puyear of Springfield, IL, Michael (wife, Kasey) Puyear of St. Louis, MO; and 6 grandchildren Heaven, Aubrey, Emily, Raef, Ryken and Renner.

Pam RaischPam Raisch

Pamela (Raisch) Jones

Pamela K. Jones, 68, a lifelong resident of Springfield, passed away Saturday, August 18, 2018 at her home. Pam was born August 30, 1949 in Springfield, the daughter of David Blair and Thelma (Clemens) Raisch. She married John N. Jones in Springfield, Dec. 7, 1985 and he survives. She is also survived by her two sons: Donald E. Crawford of St. Louis, MO and David O. Crawford of E. Peoria, IL. She has three step-children: Beth (Damon) Thiriot of Vancouver, WA, Robin Fischer of Ft. Mohave, AZ, and Charles (Amy) Jones of North Carolina. There are seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Pam was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters. Pam was an X Ray Technician with an expertise in mammography. She worked for many years at Memorial Medical Center and then retired from HSHS St. John’s Priority Care after 38 years of service. She had a passion for flower gardening and house plants. She spent many hours tending to her garden and enjoyed the beauty of the gardens. Pam found great joy and companionship with her Pomeranian dogs. She attended Cherry Hills Baptist Church.

Dennis Regan

Dennis Regan

We lost Dennis to cancer on September 15, 2006.

Robert Roland

Robert Roland

Robert (Bob) Roland passed away on December 6, 2012 in St. Augustine, Florida.

Cindy Roofner

Cindy Roofner

Cindy Roofner passed away in October 2012.

Sharon Schildman

Sharon E. (Schildman) Grant

Sharon Elaine Grant, 52, of Springfield died Saturday, June 8, 2002, at her home. She was born Sept. 3, 1949, in Springfield, the daughter of Richard and Agnes Tominsek Schildman. She married Terry R. Grant in 1970, he died in 2001. Mrs. Grant was a homemaker and a member of Calvary Temple. Survivors: four daughters, Carla (husband, Ben) Moore, Deanna Grant, Mitzi (husband, Bill) Todd and Stephanie (husband, David) Peddycoart, all of Springfield; five grandchildren; an aunt; and several cousins.

Christine ScottChristine Scott Kallal

Christine (Scott) Kallal

Christine Scott Kallal, 63, of Iron Mountain, passed away on Aug. 1, 2013 at her home. Chris was born on Nov. 21, 1949 in Springfield, Ill., to Robert Scott and Margaret Scott Anderson. She graduated from Springfield High School in 1967 and attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She married Thomas Kallal in 1970 and the couple recently celebrated their 43rd anniversary. They moved to Iron Mountain in 1978. Chris worked at Bay Title & Abstract for nearly 30 years, during which time she completed her education and earned a Bachelor of Arts in history and business administration from Northern Michigan University. She was a longtime member and served as a deacon of the First Presbyterian Church. She loved quilting, gardening, cooking, traveling with her family and visiting her children. Chris is survived by her mother, Margaret of Miami, Fla.; husband, Tom of Iron Mountain; three daughters, Amy Kallal (Gregory Keyes) of New York, Lara Kallal of Hoboken, N.J., and Kate Kallal (Brian Rudd) of Ithaca, N.Y.; a sister, Madeline (Dwayne) Beatty of Miami; one grandson, Elliot David Rudd; many nieces, nephews and friends, including special friend Linnea Marchetti.

Linda SearchLinda Search Collins

Linda (Search) Collins

Linda Jean (Search) Collins passed away on Thursday, July 26, 2018. Linda was born on January 18, 1949, the daughter of Clifford E. and Jean Search. They preceded her in death. Linda married James "Jimmy" M. Collins on July 12, 1969 and he survives. Linda is also survived by two sons, Christopher (Brett) Collins of Clearwater, FL and Timothy M. Collins of Dallas TX and her "Riley boy"; one granddaughter, Katherine Elizabeth Search Collins; one sister, Nancy (Dana) Search Walcott and two sisters-in-law, Teena and Judy Farris. Linda was preceded in death by 2 brothers Larry and Don Farris. Linda was a supportive, innovative force at Fresenius Kidney Care. Her sweet smile, beautiful eyes and loving, giving presence will be missed by all.

Karen SenningsKaren Sennings Gorda

Karen (Sennings) Gorda

Karen died Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at the Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Illinois. She was born Sept. 30, 1949 the daughter of Robert C. and Bessie Fortner Sennings. She married John Gorda Sept 30, 1989. She was a bookkeeper for Mansion View Lodge, Oak Crest Country Club, and Goodwill Industries for many years and owned and operated a home day care for 15 years. She is survived by her husband, John, a daughter Kristy Bietsch and two sons, Dan Forgas of Manassas, Va. and Steve Forgas of Stafford, Va. A loving wife and mother; we lost a dear friend and will miss Karen.

Laura ShaeLaura Shae

Laura (Shae) Loring

Laura Shae Loring, of San Diego, CA, died at 12:45 a.m. on Saturday, January 14, 2011 at St. John's Hospice. Laura was born July 12, 1949 in Decatur, the daughter of Kenneth and Zena Brown Shae. Laura was a graduate of Springfield High School and received her bachelor's in political science from the University of Illinois. She had a fulfilling career as a legal secretary. Laura was an avid duplicate bridge player, achieving life master status, and won several awards for her bridge playing. She was also very fond of the arts. She was preceded in death by her father. Laura is survived by her mother, Zena Shae of Springfield; two brothers, Gary (wife, Pat) Shae of Urbana and Rick (wife, Kate) Shae of Dallas, TX; and one uncle, Marvin (wife, Peggy) Shae of Decatur, one niece, Amanda Shae, of Dallas, TX, and one nephew, Ben Shae, of Dallas, TX.

Raleigh SnowRaleigh Snow

Raleigh Snow

Raleigh died at 12:50 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008, at his home. He was born Dec. 2, 1949, in Springfield, the son of Phillip and Kathleen Louise Danner Snow. He was preceded in death by his parents. A lifelong resident of Springfield, Raleigh was a carpenter with Carpenters Local 16 and a member of Southern View Chapel and Masonic Lodge AF&AM No. 4. He is survived by his brother, Fred (wife, Janet) Snow of Springfield; several aunts and uncles; niece and nephew, Phillip Snow and Kelly (Brad) Pulliam, both of Springfield; a great-nephew, Hayden; and several cousins.

Dave Spencer

Dave Spencer

David Lynn Spencer, 37, of R.R. 1, Sherman died at 8:30 a.m. Monday at 3400 Solar Ave. Born in Jacksonville, Mr. Spencer was a graduate of Springfield High School and United Electronics School in Louisville, Ky. He formerly was employed at Sangamo Electric and Martin Truck and Auto Center. Surviving are one daughter, Mindi Spencer of Springfield ; one son, Christopher Spencer of Springfield ; father, Lewis D. Spencer of Springfield ; mother, Mrs. Betty E. Ritz of Springfield ; and four sisters, Deanna Martin of Cantrall, Debbie Spencer and Dixie Gasparini, both of Springfield , and Dawn Johnson of Pennsylvania.

Joe SpitaleJoe Spitale

Mr. Joseph Spitale

"If you can read this.., Thank a teacher!"

Joseph Spitale, 100, of Springfield died Wednesday, April 26, 2006 at Oak Terrace Healthcare Center. He was born July 27, 1905, in Calascibetta, Sicily, the son of Carlos and Caroline Chingotta Spitale. He married Elizabeth Nancarrow; she died in 1992.

Mr. Spitale graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1929, received a Master's Degree from the University of Michigan in 1933 and did his postgraduate studies at the University of Illinois, University of Colorado, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received the Allis-Chalmers Fellowship in Engineering in 1958. He was a science teacher and freshman football coach at Springfield High School for 43 years, retiring in 1972. He was the author of two zoology laboratory manuals.

He was a member of West Side Christian Church, where he was a Sunday school teacher and superintendent. He served as a supply lay minister for 15 years. He also was a member of the National Education Association, Illinois Education Association, American Federation of Teachers, and the Springfield Nature League.

John StaatsJohn Staats

Mr. John Staats

"If you can read this.., Thank a teacher!"

John Keith Staats, age 86, died Sunday, October 14, 2012 at Memorial Medical Center. He was born in Philadelphia, PA on September 4, 1926 and married Elsie Imogene Solomon on December 24, 1955. Surviving are his children Keith Staats (Alice Galloway) of Springfield, Kathie Bryant, Chatham, Kevin Staats (Karen Twidwell) Tulsa Oklahoma, Kirk Staats (Rebecca Stanley) Sherman, Illinois, Kelly Staats (Marilyn Hibalo) Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and Kerry Staats (Charlene Novak) Lexington Park, Maryland, sister Lillian Crossman, and brother Don Staats, both of LaSalle-Peru, Illinois. He is also survived by all of his grandchildren, Kelly Sgro (Springfield), John, Valerie, Alyssa, Kyle and Sheridan Staats (Tulsa, OK), Anna and Emme Staats (Lexington Park, MD) Jay, Jarlyn, Jess and James Staats (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic), Katie Beth Bryant (Keller, TX), Kevin Bryant (Downers Grove, IL), Kara Bryant (St. Louis, MO), Steve Bryant (Chatham), Kelci Bryant (Minneapolis), Jake, Nathan, and Mitch Staats (Sherman) and Joseph Staats (Champaign). There are also nine great-grandchildren.

Prior to graduating from Illinois State Normal University Mr. Staats played high school baseball and football in Gloucester, NJ, and was a pitcher at Joliet Junior College as well as ISNU. He pitched a couple of no hitters during his career. He coached baseball at Jefferson Junior High School prior to his 21 years at Springfield High School (1962-83). John had an overall won loss record of 297 and 190. His teams won Eight Big 12, Seven District, Eight City, Six Regional Championships and one Sectional Championship. The year the team won Sectionals they made it through to the Quarterfinals in Peoria at State. He was the first SHS coach to take the school to state in baseball. He was the first Springfield Coach to win the BIG 12 in baseball. In 1975 he was voted the Big 12 Coach of the year. He was inducted into the Illinois Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1983 and in the same year was honored by the American Baseball Coaches Association. Out of his twenty-one seasons at SHS seventeen were winning!

After retiring he and his wife bicycled all over the United States, crossing Oklahoma, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota, and long rides in Colorado. They spent winters in San Diego, living on Mission Bay where they could step off of their porch and onto the bike path!

Dorothy TempleDorothy Temple

Mrs. Dorothy Temple

"If you can read this.., Thank a teacher!"

Dorothy E. Temple, 97, resident of Kewanee for the past two years, formerly of Springfield, died at 2:40 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007 at Kewanee Hospital. Mrs. Temple was born Dec. 28, 1909, in Davenport, Iowa, daughter of John Irvin and Margaretta (Kelly) Lynch. She married John Foster Temple Sr. on March 20, 1937, in Oskaloosa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on Aug. 10, 1980.

She is survived by a son, John F. (Mary) Temple of Carmel, N.Y.; a daughter, Margaret E. (Cully) Taylor of Kewanee; five grandchildren, Mary E. "Lisa" Strauss of Boulder, Colo., David C. Taylor of Galva, Julie Stan of Sandy Hook, Conn., Jennifer Temple of Carmel and John F. Temple III of Ossining, N.Y.; and nine great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister.

Mrs. Temple graduated summa cam laude from the University of Illinois. Dorothy taught English and history at Fairfield Community High School in Fairfield in the 1950s. During this period, her husband, John Temple, and his brother, William Temple, owned and published the Wayne County Record, where she was a contributing editor. After the sale of the Record in 1962, Dorothy and John moved to Springfield, where she taught French at Springfield High School until her retirement and John became the editor for Rural Electric News. She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, the PEO and Kings Daughters, all of Springfield.

Clifton TozerClifton Tozer

Clifton L. Tozer

"If you can read this.., Thank a teacher!"

Clifton L. Tozer, 92, of Springfield, died at 12:10 a.m. on Friday, November 3, 2017 at Concordia Village Senior Living. Clifton was born February 5, 1925 in Chicago, the son of Ray Thompson and Marie Schultz. He married Dolores G. Stashwick on June 11, 1949 in Chicago.

Clifton earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois in 1949 and his master's degree in 1950 in Education. He served his country during WWII in the 5th Division of the U.S. Marines and was wounded in the historic battle of Iwo Jima. He had a long career with District 186 as an educator, first as teacher, then counselor, assistant principal, and lastly as a principal. Clifton was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church for over 60 years, where he served as an Elder. He co-founded the TP Day Camp, a summer camp that had an impact on hundreds of Springfield residents.

After retirement, Clif volunteered at Habitat for Humanity and Lewis Memorial Christian Village. In recent years, while living at Concordia Village, Clif started and led a long-running men's discussion group. He was a life-long athlete, playing semi-pro baseball in Central Illinois in his 20s and golfing until the age of 90. He was known for his ready wit and sense of humor, which sustained him and his family to his last days. He was a humble man who enjoyed the friendship and respect of those who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents. Clifton is survived by a family who loved and revered him: his wife, Dolores of Springfield; sons, Steven (Victoria Chou) of Oak Park, Randall (Beverly) of Paradise Valley, AZ, and Michael (Gail) of Kernersville, NC; brother-in-law, Tad Stashwick (Carole); eight grandchildren: Jocelyn, Lindsay, Samantha, Sean, Stephanie, Kevin, Jennifer and Alex; and seven great-grandchildren.

Rick Plain shared a memory of Clif Tozer - - I knew Cliff well. He lived in the retirement community with my dad and Uncle Alby. He and Alby ran "TP" (for Tozer/Plain) day camp in the summer. When my family "vacationed" in Spld during the State Fair, my sis and I "attended" camp. It took an Iwo Jima vet to have the guts and skills to drive those bucket of bolts buses, and as a kid, I was damn scared, but the day camp was wonderful fun.

Jenna TruedsonJenna Truedson

Jenna Lee M. (Truedson) Jones

Jenna Lee M. Jones, 63, of Springfield passed away on Thursday, December 16, 2010 at her residence. Jenna was born on February 1, 1947 in Sterling, IL the daughter of Everett and Francis Wolzfelt Truedson. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Everett Truedson; and one sister, Sonia Tate. She is survived by two daughters, Tassha Powell and Tina Pritchard both of Springfield; one sister, Phyllis Donaldson of Springfield and four grandchildren.

Linda WallaceLinda Wallace

Linda (Wallace) Johnson

Linda passed away on September 3, 2008 at St. John's Hospital. The daughter of Kenneth and Marjorie Buhl Wallace, she was born in Springfield on March 5, 1949. Linda worked as a receiving clerk at Shopko for 24 years. She was a sweet, loveable woman who enjoyed reading, cooking, and especially spending time with her granddaughter. Preceded in death by her father, Linda is survived by her husband of 25 years, Danny; her mother, Marjorie of Springfield; her daughter, Cristy (husband, David) Coleman Boysel of Athens; her granddaughter, Sidnee Lane Boysel; siblings, Michael (Jeanne) Wallace of Springfield, Wendy (husband, Jerry) Fry of Petersburg, and K.C. (wife, Bing) Wallace of Taylorville; in addition to several nieces and nephews.

Mary WoodsMary Woods

Mary (Woods) Smith

Mary E. Smith, 61, of Springfield, passed away on Monday, May 25, 2009 at her home. Mary was born on November 30, 1947 in Springfield, the daughter of Samuel E. and Mary Bartlett Woods. She was married to Fred Smith. He preceded her in death. Mary worked for Brother James Court as a wing supervisor for more than 20 years. She was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church and loved taking care of her German Schnauzer dogs. Also preceding Mary in death are her parents. She is survived by her brother, Herbert "Sam" Woods II of Springfield; her aunt, Betty T. Woods; and several cousins, including Martha Wolters and Sarah Pederson.

Bruce Wright

Bruce W. Wright

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A former Springfield resident was killed in action in Vietnam earlier this month. Spec. 4 Bruce Wright, 21, who served in the 123rd Aviation Battalion, Americal Division, was killed by enemy fire. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Wright of Des Moines, Iowa, he was a Springfield High School graduate. A telegram received Sept 5 by Wright's parents stated that Wright was 30 meters ahead of a rifle team when hostile force was encountered and Wright was struck by enemy fire. He was last seen being carried away by enemy forces. A later telegram, received Sept. 14, stated that identification of the body had been made and Wright was killed in action. Wright entered service on April 30, 1968, and was sent to Vietnam on Nov. 19, 1969. Before entering service, he had attended Iowa Wesleyan University in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, and Western Illinois University at Macomb.

From our hearts, Bruce, thank you for your service and sacrifice!

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