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Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 09:00 am

CHRIS DURBIN Dec. 31, 1956 - Nov. 17, 2017

 I first met Chris Durbin in1986. We remained close friends for the next three decades. He died unexpectedly in his sleep on Nov. 17 at his home in Monticello.When we met, both of us were living...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 08:58 am

STAN ZIELINSKI Nov. 19. 2017 - Sept. 28, 2017

 Stan Zielinski was a lifelong learner with many interests – soccer, the arts, cooking, family and the military to name just a few. He retired after a long career in marketing, sales and associ...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 08:56 am

GEORGE KENNEY June 4, 1937 - Dec. 16, 2016

 I met my late father-in-law, George Kenney, on Thanksgiving Day 1986 at Washington Park. It was the beginning of a friendship that would last for 30 years. Many of you may have known George as a...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 08:52 am

MARY SHAFFER Nov. 11, 1949 - Dec. 8, 2017

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 Mary passed away of ALS after battling it for just over two years. ALS is a debilitating disease that also took her sister, Linda, in 2015. Mary knew what the disease would do but she said, “I...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:04 am
It is our tradition to reserve our last issue of the year for remembering some of the Springfield-area people who have died in the past year.Those we include here are people who have come to the atten...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:00 am

JOHN PATRICK CLARKE: Oct. 29, 1930 - Dec. 9, 2017

 Jack Clarke reigned over the State Journal-Register when newspapers mattered.People believed what they read in newspapers when Clarke was publisher of the capital city’s daily paper. Newspaper...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:00 am

JOHN B. ANDERSON: Feb. 15, 1922 - Dec. 3, 2017

 An old boss of mine died earlier this month. Former Representative John B. Anderson was really more political mentor than boss. I am glad and proud to say that.John B, as he was commonly known a...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:00 am

THOMAS R. JONES, SR.: Nov. 17, 1944 - Oct. 7, 2017

 Thomas R. Jones dedicated his life to serving his country and his fellow man. He spent eight years in the U.S. Navy, which included a 13-month tour of duty in Vietnam, followed by a long and dis...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:00 am

BARBARA DICKERMAN: May 28, 1927 - March 7, 2017

 Barbara Dickerman, known as “Babs” to most, had boundless energy and a vivacious personality. She was a crusader for social justice causes in Springfield. Whether it was fighting for fair an...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:00 am

JOHN MICHAEL BRILLHART: Nov. 11, 1972 - Nov. 6, 2017

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 Two hundred words is not enough. The impact John had on the lives of those he touched during his short time here will always be remembered. He was a proud father of two wonderful daughters, a be...

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