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Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 12:18 am

EARL “WALLY” HENDERSON April 5, 1931-April 18, 2016

 If Wally Henderson had had his druthers, he would have been an astronaut.The first person in his family to go to college, Henderson came home to Springfield from the University of Illinois in th...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 12:17 am

DANIEL ‘HUD’ HUDDLESTON, JR. Sep. 15, 1955 – June 1, 2016

 Daniel “Hud” Huddleston, Jr. departed this world on June 1, 2016.He was born on Sept. 15, 1955, and married his high school sweetheart on Aug. 2, 1975.When I first met Hud (as he was called...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 12:16 am

ROBERT EUGENE RUGGLES Feb. 26, 1957 – March 11, 2016

 I always considered myself to be a practical, “no nonsense” person, one who didn’t believe in Prince Charming ... until he showed up in my life driving a blue Ford pickup truck.This took p...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 12:15 am

FREDERICK BAYARD HOFFMANN Sept. 2, 1941 – Aug. 21, 2016

 Dear Fred,You lived a good life filled with family – Kathy and your two daughters, Joan and Anne, their spouses, Tom and Bob, and your most loved grandchildren – and many friends. We will al...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 12:14 am

LAWRENCE A. BROQUET March 25, 1927-Nov. 28, 2016

 Jean Broquet was having a lousy dayIt was July, in Detroit, where she lived with her husband, Larry, and four daughters. The heat and humidity were oppressive. There was laundry to be ironed. Th...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 12:13 am

HERBERT LOUIS “HERB” MCMATH, SR. September 6, 1954 – October 5th, 2016

 Herbert Louis McMath, Sr., a 1972 Springfield Southeast High School graduate and 1976 Super Bowl champion, was born in Coahoma, Mississippi, and lived most of his life in Springfield....
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 12:12 am


My father, Elmer, passed away this past summer. He was a third-generation mason contractor (bricklayer), but was mostly known for his love of books and records. When I say music, it was not the typica...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 12:11 am

CAROL ANN MERRILL March 27, 1953-June 7, 2016

One day, Carol Merrill just up and left.A state worker since 1982, Merrill’s experience and knowledge at the Illinois Department of Revenue was such that she helped write the manual on how to proces...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 12:10 am

DELIA M. GONZALES July 2, 1927 – April 20, 2016

Mitchell’s grandmother had a way about her. I remember it like it was yesterday. I couldn’t help but be in absolute awe of the way she wore her sunglasses, the way she served me her coffee, and th...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 12:09 am

HELEN L. TUTTLE Aug. 22, 1944 – Feb. 4, 2016

Helen Tuttle lived the American dream. More than 50 years ago she, along with her husband, started a business from nothing in Greenview that is still thriving. She was an important member of her churc...


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