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Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 08:56 am

GEORGE KENNEY June 4, 1937 - Dec. 16, 2016

 I met my late father-in-law, George Kenney, on Thanksgiving Day 1986 at Washington Park. It was the beginning of a friendship that would last for 30 years. Many of you may have known George as a...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 08:52 am

MARY SHAFFER Nov. 11, 1949 - Dec. 8, 2017

 Mary passed away of ALS after battling it for just over two years. ALS is a debilitating disease that also took her sister, Linda, in 2015. Mary knew what the disease would do but she said, “I...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:04 am
It is our tradition to reserve our last issue of the year for remembering some of the Springfield-area people who have died in the past year.Those we include here are people who have come to the atten...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:00 am

JOHN PATRICK CLARKE: Oct. 29, 1930 - Dec. 9, 2017

 Jack Clarke reigned over the State Journal-Register when newspapers mattered.People believed what they read in newspapers when Clarke was publisher of the capital city’s daily paper. Newspaper...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:00 am

JOHN B. ANDERSON: Feb. 15, 1922 - Dec. 3, 2017

 An old boss of mine died earlier this month. Former Representative John B. Anderson was really more political mentor than boss. I am glad and proud to say that.John B, as he was commonly known a...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:00 am

THOMAS R. JONES, SR.: Nov. 17, 1944 - Oct. 7, 2017

 Thomas R. Jones dedicated his life to serving his country and his fellow man. He spent eight years in the U.S. Navy, which included a 13-month tour of duty in Vietnam, followed by a long and dis...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:00 am

BARBARA DICKERMAN: May 28, 1927 - March 7, 2017

 Barbara Dickerman, known as “Babs” to most, had boundless energy and a vivacious personality. She was a crusader for social justice causes in Springfield. Whether it was fighting for fair an...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:00 am

JOHN MICHAEL BRILLHART: Nov. 11, 1972 - Nov. 6, 2017

 Two hundred words is not enough. The impact John had on the lives of those he touched during his short time here will always be remembered. He was a proud father of two wonderful daughters, a be...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:00 am

M.T. VANN: July 28, 1961 - Dec. 31, 2016

Strictly on paper, no one should have given much of a rat about Mary Therese Vann.She was a recovering alcoholic and perpetually late. A person who flitted between jobs and businesses and appointments...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:00 am

M.T. VANN: July 28, 1961 - Dec. 31, 2016

On New Year’s Eve 2016, I, along with many others, lost a dear friend, M.T. Vann. M.T. was born and raised in Springfield and was a part of so many aspects of this community. Over 800 people attende...


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