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Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:01 am

KEITH RICHARD RODERICK Feb. 26, 1953-March 11, 2014

 Keith Roderick was no ordinary preacher.On the one hand, he served as a priest in Episcopalian parishes throughout central and southern Illinois, low-key enough that his name rarely appeared in...
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:01 am

ROBERT “BOB” FOLDER Oct. 26, 1936-Nov. 6, 2014

 Catching fish takes patience. Knowledge. And lures – lots of lures.By those standards, Robert “Bob” Folder had it all. Thanks to him, Springfield became known worldwide as a source for som...
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:01 am

JOHN BERT WALLENSTEIN April 3, 1942-Aug. 7, 2014

 John Wallenstein is one of those people you meet who was private. But as you became acquainted with John, you discovered he was friendly, highly professional and took joy in exceeding the expect...
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:01 am

BOB MURRAY July 4, 1947 - Feb. 26, 2014

 When Bob Murray passed away this year we lost more than a voice – and what a voice. The familiar tones of a friend who always greeted you warmly and happily, no matter whether it had been year...
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:01 am

CECIL KENNETH “TUCK” BELTON Nov. 2, 1922-Jan. 15, 2014

 Tuck Belton’s fifth mission over northern Germany in January 1945 was supposed to be a snap, the bomber pilot from Jerome later recalled, with neither antiaircraft fire nor enemy fighters expe...
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:01 am
About the issueHere once again is our “Remembering” issue. We devote the last issue of the year to in-depth obituaries of some of the local people who have died in the past year. There is no attem...
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 12:01 am

KEITH LARKIN TAYLOR Sept. 10, 1948-July 10, 2013

A host of prominent Illinois politicos attended the July 16 memorial service for Keith Taylor. Among them were Attorney General Lisa Madigan, former Attorney General Neil Hartigan, former Senate Presi...
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 12:01 am

DR. DAVID SPURGEON SUMNER Feb. 20, 1933-Nov. 24, 2013

 A beautiful Parisian streetscape, a sailboat race on the North Carolina coast, and a peaceful snowfall on frozen Lake Springfield: Those picturesque scenes and many more were the subjects of Dav...
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 12:01 am

KENNETH ROBERT FOLKS Dec. 25, 1951-June 5, 2013

Ken Folks is missed by me, his coworker, and all the lives he touched in his classroom at Land of Lincoln Goodwill Industries. He was the kind of guy that you only had to meet once, and from then on y...
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 12:01 am

NORMA JEAN THOMPSON April 24, 1934-March 7, 2013

Spending a lifetime as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother is a small snapshot into why my mom is special to me. We shared a special bond. I would start thinking of her and the phone would ring and...


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