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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...
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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...
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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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JOHN ALLAN LEWIN: Dec. 13,1957 - Oct. 31, 2017

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 If you were to mention the name Al Lewin anywhere in the central Illinois emergency services community, there would be instant recognition. For many years, Al served the Illinois State Police, a...
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MARY JEAN (BROWN) LINK: Jan. 14, 1927 - Aug. 24, 2017

 Mary Link was born with a song in her heart to parents Fred C. and Myra Fern (Garrett) Brown, both of Springfield, an expression of joy she carried with her all of her 90 years. She was a pianis...
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JOSEPH L. “PETE” MORRISON: Aug. 9, 1933 - Dec.5, 2017

 The day wasn’t perfect.There was wind, with high gusts forcing a 40-minute postponement. And Cambest’s feet weren’t in the best of condition. Can you take a quick lap with the water truck...
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SUMANTA MITRA: Aug. 3, 1938 - Nov. 27, 2017

 Dr. Sumanta (Shuman) Mitra died as he had lived – peacefully. He died in his sleep next to his wife, Lynn. Thankfully, he did not suffer or struggle. His death was unexpected and its cause unc...
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DREXELLEN “DREX” (BEGGS) ARMSTRONG: Oct. 19, 1945 - Jan. 15, 2017

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 My mom had the biggest heart and was a phenomenal woman. Mom graduated from the U of I and received her master’s from SIUC. She was proud that three generations of women in her family had rece...
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RICHARD CLAXTON GREGORY: Oct. 12, 1932 - Aug. 19, 2017

 “The only good thing about the good old days is they’re gone.“– Dick GregoryDick Gregory, who passed away in August at the age of 84, had the rare gift of combining humor with social com...
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JAMES FORSTALL: March 19, 1931 - March 3, 2017

 Jim Forstall just had this twinkle in his eyes and a smile that drew one into him. Whether it was at a meeting of the Chamber’s Business Education Partnership discussing ways business and educ...

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