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Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 08:52 am

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

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 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

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 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

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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...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:00 am

DANIEL R. BUCK, JR.: Sept. 29, 1922 - Dec. 7, 2017

 They called him Dan, Danny, Danny Boy, Dapper Dan, Mr. Dan and Mr. Buck, and all who knew him marveled at his resilience and the illumination he brought to nearly every conversation. Daniel R. B...

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