IllinoisTimes - Remembering http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-103-1-remembering.html Fri, 03 Jul 15 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Hugh Moore: Poet, painter, personality http://illinoistimes.com/article-15283-hugh-moore-poet-painter-personality.html Hugh Moore: Poet, painter, personality
When Hugh Moore passed away after an extended battle with cancer on March 10 at age 67, the Springfield area arts scene lost an indelible presence. Moore was a prolific poet and painter, and in his ro...]]>
Raising a last toast to Smokey, friend of gay Springfield - MARY LOU SCHNEIDER Dec. 29, 1928-Jan. 1, 2015 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15047-raising-a-last-toast-to-smokey-friend-of-gay-springfield.html Raising a last toast to Smokey, friend of gay Springfield - MARY LOU SCHNEIDER Dec. 29, 1928-Jan. 1, 2015
 At 2 p.m. on Jan. 11 the faithful gathered to celebrate the life and passing of a V.I.P. to the Springfield gay and lesbian community. After all these years, the memorial was held in the last lo...]]>
Champion of justice - JAMES C. CRAVEN Aug. 7, 1925-Jan. 12, 2015 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14982-champion-of-justice.html Champion of justice - JAMES C. CRAVEN Aug. 7, 1925-Jan. 12, 2015
Even as he tilted at windmills, James C. Craven, who died on Monday at 89, made a difference.As a state appellate court judge and proud liberal, he wrote a lot of dissents during his years on the benc...]]>
A most extraordinary 95 ½ years of life - Preston Levon McCrary Sr. Oct. 28, 1919 - June 26, 2014 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14865-a-most-extraordinary-95-%25C2%25BD-years-of-life.html A most extraordinary 95 ½ years of life - Preston Levon McCrary Sr. Oct. 28, 1919 - June 26, 2014
 I knew Mr. Preston at the earliest of ages; he was my dad’s (James Thomas Woodson) best friend and neighbor, and in childhood, his daughter, Cheryl, was my best friend as well. Needless to say...]]>
A treasure of the theater - MARGE ROTH Aug. 25, 1941-Feb. 17, 2014 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14866-a-treasure-of-the-theater.html A treasure of the theater - MARGE ROTH Aug. 25, 1941-Feb. 17, 2014
 The local theater community lost one of its finest treasures this past February when our beloved friend, Marge Roth, passed away suddenly. Marge was a talented costumer for local theater groups,...]]>
Beautiful inside and out, she brought light in both life and death - CARRIE RISDON DAVID July 29, 1976 – Jan. 24, 2014 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14867-beautiful-inside-and-out-she-brought-light-in-both-life-and-death.html Beautiful inside and out, she brought light in both life and death - CARRIE RISDON DAVID July 29, 1976 – Jan. 24, 2014
 She died too soon, but even in death, she brought a beautiful gift into the world.Carrie David died Jan. 24, 2014 while giving birth to her first daughter, Piper Jane David. She was a teacher, b...]]>
A full-fledged member of the greatest generation - John Hine Dec. 9, 1924 - Jan. 2, 2014 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14868-a-full-fledged-member-of-the-greatest-generation.html A full-fledged member of the greatest generation - John Hine Dec. 9, 1924 - Jan. 2, 2014
 Our dad is remembered as a classic example of the greatest generation. John Hine died Jan. 2, 2014, at the age of 89. He was born just before the Great Depression in northern Indiana, the younge...]]>
Professor, writer, outdoorsman, public servant - DAVID TEMPLETON KENNEY June 12, 1922-June 27, 2014 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14869-professor-writer-outdoorsman-public-servant.html Professor, writer, outdoorsman, public servant - DAVID TEMPLETON KENNEY June 12, 1922-June 27, 2014
 A first impression of David Kenney revealed a fraction of the man. He was mild-mannered, openly friendly, never cursed, and his manners were almost Victorian. To those who discovered his career...]]>
Big, beautiful blue eyes and a heart of gold - Tayla Marie Skaggs-Cook Sept. 28, 1974 – Sept. 30, 2014 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14870-big-beautiful-blue-eyes-and-a-heart-of-gold.html Big, beautiful blue eyes and a heart of gold - Tayla Marie Skaggs-Cook Sept. 28, 1974 – Sept. 30, 2014
 All who knew this young lady would tell you she was an angel.  Tayla suffered a horrific accident at home on the night before her 40th birthday when she fell down her basement stairs, strik...]]>
He built a legacy, one changed life at a time - J.D. WASHINGTON Jan. 12, 1929 – Sept. 24, 2014 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14871-he-built-a-legacy-one-changed-life-at-a-time.html He built a legacy, one changed life at a time - J.D. WASHINGTON Jan. 12, 1929 – Sept. 24, 2014
 J.D. Washington was the first African-American principal in Springfield Public Schools. He was the first African-American recruiter for the U.S. Peace Corps. He was a 33rd degree Mason and an ed...]]>
A wonderland of a human being - JOHN G. BEECHLER Dec. 14, 1929 – March 8, 2014 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14872-a-wonderland-of-a-human-being.html A wonderland of a human being - JOHN G. BEECHLER Dec. 14, 1929 – March 8, 2014
 My stepfather’s name was John “Jack” G. Beechler. He was born to a life of little promise, the deck clearly stacked against him.    John was my mother’s love for 25 y...]]>
‘We’ll do the right thing for people.’ - ALAN JOHN DIXON July 7, 1927-July 6, 2014 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14873-%25E2%2580%2598we%25E2%2580%2599ll-do-the-right-thing-for-people%25E2%2580%2599.html ‘We’ll do the right thing for people.’ - ALAN JOHN DIXON July 7, 1927-July 6, 2014
 To the Illinois political world he was “Al the Pal.” During his 42 years as an elected public official he had the broadest grin around. He signed his letters “Your friend,” whether they...]]>
Folk artist, unassuming and brilliant - ADOLPH GEORGE COLIN Oct. 12, 1929-Sept. 1, 2014 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14874-folk-artist-unassuming-and-brilliant.html Folk artist, unassuming and brilliant - ADOLPH GEORGE COLIN Oct. 12, 1929-Sept. 1, 2014
 Adolph George Colin was born Oct. 12, 1929, in Hollywood, California, to parents of French ancestry. The family made its way to Springfield when he was seven years old, and he graduated from Lan...]]>
She loved her family, her home and her yard - Evelyn Lee White Alexander Aug. 1, 1936 - Oct. 21, 2014 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14875-she-loved-her-family-her-home-and-her-yard.html She loved her family, her home and her yard - Evelyn Lee White Alexander Aug. 1, 1936 - Oct. 21, 2014
 Evelyn Lee Alexander, 78, of Neoga, Illinois, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, after a long battle against pancreatic cancer. She was born Aug. 1, 1936, in Ash Grove...]]>
For political intelligence, he was the man to know in Springfield - ERA EUGENE “GENE” CALLAHAN Nov. 5, 1933-Aug. 4, 2014 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14876-for-political-intelligence-he-was-the-man-to-know-in-springfield.html For political intelligence, he was the man to know in Springfield - ERA EUGENE “GENE” CALLAHAN Nov. 5, 1933-Aug. 4, 2014
 A single word comes to mind when discussing the life of Gene Callahan of Springfield: Loyal.Loyalty was not something just sprinkled throughout his adult life. It was a major part, beginning wit...]]>
His life was simply ‘Zan-Tastic’ - Zander Kai Etling-Slightom April 4, 2005 – Dec. 28, 2013 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14877-his-life-was-simply-%25E2%2580%2598zan-tastic%25E2%2580%2599.html His life was simply ‘Zan-Tastic’ - Zander Kai Etling-Slightom April 4, 2005 – Dec. 28, 2013
 Eight years is never long enough to know your child. However, this boy gave joy to all who were fortunate enough to meet him. From the moment he came to us, Zander gave all of himself daily and...]]>
The luckiest man on earth - Harold Dean Allen April 26, 1934 - July 4, 2014 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14878-the-luckiest-man-on-earth.html The luckiest man on earth - Harold Dean Allen April 26, 1934 - July 4, 2014
 My father-in-law Harold Allen’s sudden death in July left a huge hole in our family. Our grief was made easier knowing that the community of Ashland was mourning with us.Harold was behind the...]]>
She kept smiling; she never wavered - Coleen Marie Ishmael  May 20, 1966 - June 1, 2014 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14879-she-kept-smiling-she-never-wavered.html She kept smiling; she never wavered - Coleen Marie Ishmael  May 20, 1966 - June 1, 2014
 In most families, after the patriarch and the matriarch have passed on, there is one shining beacon to bring everyone home again, especially around the holidays. The one family member determined...]]>
An art lover, devoted to family - JUHLANN DAVIS GIBBS Feb. 4, 1927 – Oct. 21, 2014 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14880-an-art-lover-devoted-to-family.html An art lover, devoted to family - JUHLANN DAVIS GIBBS Feb. 4, 1927 – Oct. 21, 2014
 Juhlann Davis Gibbs was a woman steeped in family history: her family had been residents of central Illinois for nearly 200 years. Yet as much as she appreciated where she came from, ultimately...]]>
He relished making deals, but also giving back - WILLIAM HENRY HUMPHREY Aug. 27, 1934 – April 27, 2014 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14881-he-relished-making-deals-but-also-giving-back.html He relished making deals, but also giving back - WILLIAM HENRY HUMPHREY Aug. 27, 1934 – April 27, 2014
 He would give you the shirt off of his back, and he would tell you a joke while doing it.That was Henry Humphrey, owner of Humphrey’s Market in Springfield. A dedicated, hardworking businessma...]]>
He practiced what he preached. - KEITH RICHARD RODERICK Feb. 26, 1953-March 11, 2014 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14882-he-practiced-what-he-preached.html He practiced what he preached. - KEITH RICHARD RODERICK Feb. 26, 1953-March 11, 2014
 Keith Roderick was no ordinary preacher.On the one hand, he served as a priest in Episcopalian parishes throughout central and southern Illinois, low-key enough that his name rarely appeared in...]]>
A fisherman’s friend - ROBERT “BOB” FOLDER Oct. 26, 1936-Nov. 6, 2014 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14883-a-fisherman%25E2%2580%2599s-friend.html A fisherman’s friend - ROBERT “BOB” FOLDER Oct. 26, 1936-Nov. 6, 2014
 Catching fish takes patience. Knowledge. And lures – lots of lures.By those standards, Robert “Bob” Folder had it all. Thanks to him, Springfield became known worldwide as a source for som...]]>
A quiet, respect-your-intelligence style - JOHN BERT WALLENSTEIN April 3, 1942-Aug. 7, 2014 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14884-a-quiet-respect-your-intelligence-style.html A quiet, respect-your-intelligence style - JOHN BERT WALLENSTEIN April 3, 1942-Aug. 7, 2014
 John Wallenstein is one of those people you meet who was private. But as you became acquainted with John, you discovered he was friendly, highly professional and took joy in exceeding the expect...]]>
Radio around here will never be the same - BOB MURRAY July 4, 1947 - Feb. 26, 2014 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14885-radio-around-here-will-never-be-the-same.html Radio around here will never be the same - BOB MURRAY July 4, 1947 - Feb. 26, 2014
 When Bob Murray passed away this year we lost more than a voice – and what a voice. The familiar tones of a friend who always greeted you warmly and happily, no matter whether it had been year...]]>
The man who fell to earth - CECIL KENNETH “TUCK” BELTON Nov. 2, 1922-Jan. 15, 2014 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14886-the-man-who-fell-to-earth.html The man who fell to earth - CECIL KENNETH “TUCK” BELTON Nov. 2, 1922-Jan. 15, 2014
 Tuck Belton’s fifth mission over northern Germany in January 1945 was supposed to be a snap, the bomber pilot from Jerome later recalled, with neither antiaircraft fire nor enemy fighters expe...]]>
Remembering the lives they lived http://illinoistimes.com/article-14895-remembering-the-lives-they-lived.html Remembering the lives they lived
About the issueHere once again is our “Remembering” issue. We devote the last issue of the year to in-depth obituaries of some of the local people who have died in the past year. There is no attem...]]>
The premier downstate political strategist - KEITH LARKIN TAYLOR Sept. 10, 1948-July 10, 2013 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13273-the-premier-downstate-political-strategist.html The premier downstate political strategist - KEITH LARKIN TAYLOR Sept. 10, 1948-July 10, 2013
A host of prominent Illinois politicos attended the July 16 memorial service for Keith Taylor. Among them were Attorney General Lisa Madigan, former Attorney General Neil Hartigan, former Senate Presi...]]>
A genius in science, art and humor - DR. DAVID SPURGEON SUMNER Feb. 20, 1933-Nov. 24, 2013 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13274-a-genius-in-science-art-and-humor.html A genius in science, art and humor - DR. DAVID SPURGEON SUMNER Feb. 20, 1933-Nov. 24, 2013
 A beautiful Parisian streetscape, a sailboat race on the North Carolina coast, and a peaceful snowfall on frozen Lake Springfield: Those picturesque scenes and many more were the subjects of Dav...]]>
His knowledge took his class to places they’d never been - KENNETH ROBERT FOLKS Dec. 25, 1951-June 5, 2013 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13275-his-knowledge-took-his-class-to-places-they%25E2%2580%2599d-never-been.html His knowledge took his class to places they’d never been - KENNETH ROBERT FOLKS Dec. 25, 1951-June 5, 2013
Ken Folks is missed by me, his coworker, and all the lives he touched in his classroom at Land of Lincoln Goodwill Industries. He was the kind of guy that you only had to meet once, and from then on y...]]>
She kept us all connected - NORMA JEAN THOMPSON April 24, 1934-March 7, 2013 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13276-she-kept-us-all-connected.html She kept us all connected - 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...]]>