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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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CARL VOLKMANN Oct. 23, 1933-Oct. 11, 2013

Carl Volkmann died Oct. 11 after a 15-year struggle with cancer. In October 2012, he received an Alumni Award from his alma mater, Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. Here is an excerpt from the citati...
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ELSIEJANE “NING” O’KEEFE Feb. 18, 1922-Aug. 4, 2013

“I’m a better person because my life touched Ning’s,” said Elizabeth Kloppenburg of her dear friend, Elsiejane “Ning” Staley O’Keefe, who died Aug. 4.It is a sentiment echoed by many in ...
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ANDREW RICHARD STONE, SR. June 1, 1958-Jan. 24, 2013

Andy Stone spent his life working and living on and for the family farm, but he was not your stereotypical tractor-driving, cap-wearing farmer. Not content to rest on the well-established laurels of t...
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HENRY KRUG III Nov. 3, 1950-Oct. 24, 2013

Henry Krug III was unique in many ways, but the most remarkable thing about him was the number of lives he touched while living, by his own choice, the simplest life he could. Born to a modest family,...
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MARK ALEXANDER MACDONALD May 21, 1963-May 28, 2013

“isn’t easy being a man / all those lines we paint / to the endless amusement / of those who live between them” – from Mark’s poem “Lines”Mark visited Illinois the year the Mississippi f...
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WILLIAM C. SHEA Dec. 30, 1921-Dec. 14, 2013

Remember when the Nazis tried to take over the world? Mr. Shea was one of many who answered the call to prevent that from becoming a reality, as part of the D-day invasion. Remember when you needed ga...
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ANN ELIZABETH SEFCIK WOOLSEY July, 28, 1928-Nov. 30, 2013

 Ann rushed in where others feared to tread, whether it was leaving the comfort of the familiar for places unknown, or climbing a fence to rescue Bounce, the pug, from a stamping, snorting bull. ...
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JEFFREY HOFMANN June 24, 1952-April 17, 2013

Despite spending the better part of his working life as a radio personality, Jeff Hofmann wasn’t much for the limelight.A fight with cancer is never easy, but Hofmann did it with grace and wit. Didn...
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 12:01 am

RICHARD ROGER “DICK” MORSE Feb. 24, 1944-May 28, 2013

Dick Morse of Springfield was “green” before it was even a thing.The influential architect helped create a community of environmentally conscious designers and participated in the renovation of nu...

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