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Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 12:01 am

WILLIAM N. BECKER Mar. 15, 1946 – May 2, 2015

On May 2, 2015, at 2:10 p.m., I sat holding Bill’s hand when he died of pancreatic cancer in room E282 at Memorial Medical Center. He was my best friend and husband.I met Bill at a dance in junior c...
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DR. H. BRENT DE LAND JR. June 20, 1949 – Jan. 5, 2015

Brent De Land lived his life with such care and compassion that his work will likely live on for generations. He was best known for his extensive humanitarian work in Haiti, and the rest of his life r...
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RONALD L. EARLEY March 10, 1938 – Sept. 23, 2015

 The first thing many people noticed about Ron Earley was his lighthearted sense of humor, but spending more than a couple of minutes with him revealed a whirring intellect and a passion for maki...
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EMMA LOU EASTMAN LITTLE Nov. 25, 1923 – July 10, 2015

 Born soon after women earned the right to vote, Emma Lou Little relished politics. She loved President Obama because he restored honor to the State of Illinois, delivered intelligent speeches an...
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ELEANORA TREINIS YUSKAVICH Jan. 23, 1918 – Nov. 18, 2015

The daughter of Lithuanian immigrants John and Tillie (Rinkienve) Treinis, Eleanora lost her mother at age 6. Raised by her grocer father, cousins from the Joseph and Mary (Treinis) Banaitis family be...
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ROBERT L. EVANS March 5, 1935-Nov. 8, 2015

 Boom! Boom! Boom!Explosions ripped the air as a demolition team set off charges to bring down the Sankey high-rise apartments a few blocks east of Washington Park. Then silence. But no crash.As ...
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KEVIN HYATT Apr. 18, 1959 – July 5, 2015

Kevin Hyatt could do anything, or so it seemed. The 200-plus relatives, friends and co-workers who gathered for a celebration of his life three weeks after his July 5 death knew that firsthand.When on...
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 12:01 am

DEWEY A. ROWDEN Dec. 18, 1950 – Jan. 24, 2015

Dewey lived his entire life in Springfield and the surrounding area. He was a local musician and an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, but his true joy in life was his wife, his children and his grandchild...
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CHARLES “HUGH” MOORE Sept. 21, 1947- March 10, 2015

When Hugh Moore passed away this past March, the Springfield area lost a writer, painter, radio host and general bon vivant. He was also president of Springfield Poets and Writers and on the board of ...

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