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Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 06:32 am

DR. THOMAS G. SHANAHAN March 3, 1957 – Nov. 9, 2011

Dr. Thomas Shanahan of Springfield wasn’t the type to let success go to his head.

A world-renowned doctor at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Shanahan created a specialized prostate cancer treatment that has become the de facto standard. He traveled the world to teach his method to other doctors. He developed a custom platform now widely used for scanning a patient’s...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 06:05 am

Dec. 21, 1964 – Sept. 25, 2011

He came to town with a dream of owning his own restaurant – a Cajun/Creole restaurant as authentic as it could be, since many of the recipes were from his own family. This man’s family had spent many years in the restaurant business during his childhood in the belly of Louisiana. He was no stranger to hard work and dedication to task. He was a Navy veteran and fiercely loved his count...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 05:58 am
Charlie Brittin was a true renaissance man. He was interested in so many different things that even now I’m learning new facts about him.

Many knew Charlie as a fine musician, which he was. He was a member of several different bands here in Springfield, playing bass. Tom Irvin in his column last June gave a fine tribute to Charlie’s musical legacy. Many people will also rem...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 02:56 am

HELYNDA THOMPSON Feb. 18, 1988 – July 21, 2011

When Rosetta Bowen first laid eyes on her daughter, Helynda Thompson, 23 years ago, two words came to mind – angel face. From that moment on, Bowen looked forward to waking up each day to her beautiful daughter and her “trillion-dollar smile.” But on July 21, fate took that smile away.

The day began like any other day, with Bowen up early watching the news, while Helyn...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 02:56 am

DENNIS D. CAMP, PH.D. Dec. 14, 1937 – Oct. 3, 2011

What qualities make a superior university professor: intelligence, the ability to work hard, a caring attitude for students of all ages and backgrounds, research skills, enthusiasm and aptitude for teaching, an endless curiosity about one’s field of study, as well as a curiosity about all things intellectual – the life of the mind?

Prof. Dennis Camp had these qualities in...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 02:56 am

DON HICKMAN Sept. 1, 1937 – Nov. 19, 2011

For decades, Don Hickman spent his evenings in thousands of homes around Springfield, beamed over the airwaves as the face of Channel 20 news. Many people knew him as the second most recognizable face in Springfield after Abraham Lincoln.

But Hickman was more than “Old Stoneface,” the nickname he earned for his serious on-air persona. His friends and family say he was a cari...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 02:56 am

Jan. 3, 2004 – Oct. 10, 2011

On Oct. 10, 2011, Kealy Alexa Carlson was on her way to ballet class when she died in an automobile accident. She was seven years old.

Those of us who knew and cherished Kealy discovered a unique personality embedded in an otherwise typical little girl.

Typically, Kealy demonstrated only a grudging tolerance for fruit and an outright suspicion of the entire vegetable fam...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 02:56 am

April 25, 1963 – July 27, 2011

Greg and his family moved to Pleasant Plains about eight years ago. He is the father of six wonderful kids: Marissa, Caleb, Paige, Blake, Shaina and Colin Graham. He married Julie Jackson on July 25, 1987.

Greg was always a hard-working man, working many jobs. Before retiring due to his health he was an Illinois Supreme Court security officer. Greg had a great number of family and frien...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 02:56 am
Anthony had a smile that would light up any room and a heart as big as all outdoors. Anthony started work at McDonald’s on MacArthur before going to Lindsay’s. Then he pursued an associates degree in culinary arts, attending Lincoln Land Community College, then Joliet Junior College. He earned a bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant management from Western Illinois University...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 02:56 am

CHARLES HARTING PERCY Sept. 27, 1919 – Sept. 17, 2011

For followers of contemporary Illinois politics, the name Charles Percy needs some refreshing. In an earlier day he served as a Republican for three terms in the U. S. Senate (1967-1985) and established a record for independence that today would be admired – or feared. He died Sept. 17 in Washington at the age of 91.

As with most past or former elected officials, the pitched po...


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