Mary Burroughs Heath ’23, October 24, 2004, Sellersville, Pennsylvania.
Elizabeth Prochazka Batorson ’32, February 25, Chenoa. She was a lifetime member of PEO and was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Peoria. Two children and three grandchildren survive.
Merle Yontz ’33, HON ’81, February 5, Peoria. After 16 years at Caterpillar Inc., Merle retired as a vice president in 1977. Earlier, he was president of LeTourneau-Westinghouse Co. Merle was a Bradley University Centurion and had served on the board of trustees from 1961 to 1964. He was a city councilman from 1953 to 1957, and was a charter member of the board of Lakeview Museum. He spent 42 years on various boards at Methodist Medical Center. Survivors include his wife Lois, six children, 20 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.
Lucile Hester Ashman ’35, January 15, Van Wert, Ohio. She was a nurse for more than 40 years and was a charter member of the Bradley University Honor Society of Nursing. Lucile is survived by four children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Roy Gummerson ’36, January 14, Oak Park. He was a teacher, coach, dean, and counselor at Woodruff High School until 1955. He organized the first state cross country meet at Woodruff. He then coached at Oak Park River Forest High School until 1977. Roy was a member of the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame and the Bradley
George Modjeska ’37, December 12, 2004, Naples, Florida. He owned and operated Maco Business Forms Co. for 45 years until retiring. Survivors include his wife Arlene, three children, and four grandchildren.
Henry Hall ’40, June 23, 2004, Peoria. He was the founder of National Oil Co. and National Marine Sales. He had been recognized at the national level for promoting water safety. Henry was a World War II Army Air Forces veteran. Survivors include his wife Blanche, three children, six stepchildren, 20 grandchildren, and several great-
John Scheel ’40, February 24, 2004. Fort Walton Beach, Florida. After working in the retail clothing industry for 30 years, Jack became an Episcopalian priest in 1973. He served as an assistant priest at St. Simon’s-on-the-Sound for more than 20 years. Survivors include his wife Betty Orwig Scheel ’40, two sons, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Lee Baker ’42, February 12, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He operated his own public relations counseling firm from 1967 to 1992. Earlier, he was a reporter and editor for United Press International. Lee was the author of The Credibility Factor: Putting Ethics to Work in Public Relations. He is survived by his wife Jean and four stepchildren.
Kenneth Hippe ’42, September 23, 2004, Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was a commercial pilot for Trans World Airlines from 1945 until 1978. Ken was a World War II veteran and had been in the Naval Reserves for 26 years. He volunteered at the veterans’ hospital for 22 years. Survivors include four daughters, 10 grandchildren, a great-grandson, and companion Nancy Rose.
Ruth Short Easton ’42, January 31, Peoria. She was a volunteer for the American Red Cross and a Meals on Wheels program for 40 years. She is survived by her husband Robert, two children, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Dale Wetzel ’43, December 5, 2004, Peoria. He owned and operated Ideal Food Market and later worked as a meat cutter for Eagle Foods, retiring in 1983. Dale was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He retired from the Naval Reserves as a lieutenant commander after 28 years. He was active in Masonic work. Survivors include his wife Frances, three children, four grandchildren, and four great-granddaughters.
Alice “Apple” Cunningham Appleby ’44, February 4, Decatur. She taught elementary school in Peoria for 24 years, and then was a substitute teacher in Decatur. She had won national medals in the Senior Olympics. She is survived by Nancy Clapp, whom she raised.
James Kellstedt ’46, January 9, Peoria. He served as Peoria County state’s attorney from 1952 to 1956, and operated his own law practice. He held a juris doctor degree from Northwestern University School of Law. He was a World War II Army veteran. His wife Muriel Farrow Kellstedt ’43 and one daughter survive.
Margaret Tejeda Chodor ’47, October 23, 2004, Albuquerque, New Mexico. She worked for the village of Streamwood after many years as a travel agent. Margaret was an active volunteer in Albuquerque. She is survived by her husband Richard and her daughter.
Mildrajeanne Green Chatterton ’48, December 2, 2004, Ellisville. She was a music teacher in the Avon and Valley school districts. She also taught piano and voice lessons, and was a church organist and choir director in Prairie City. She was an active nursing home volunteer. Survivors include her husband Stuart, five children, 15 grand-children, and three great-grandchildren.
Jack Crisler ’48, December 14, 2004, Peoria. He worked in management for Illinois Bell and AT&T for 42 years. He held an MBA from the University of Illinois, Springfield. Jack served as a captain in the Army Signal Corps during World War II. His wife Kathryn, three children, and four grandchildren survive.
Bernard Kemp ’48, January 11, Yuma, Arizona. He and his wife Carolyn Smith Kemp ’49 had operated Peoria businesses including The Kaffee Haus, Dairy King, and Kemp Refrigeration and Air Conditioning. In Arizona, he was a mediator for the attorney general’s office. He was a member of Sigma Phi at Bradley. Other survivors include five children, 12 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Cardon Burnham ’49, February 19, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. He had been chairman of the music department at Carroll College. He held a master’s degree from the University of Illinois and a doctoral degree from the University of Rochester. An Army veteran, he served in World War II. Two children, several grandchildren, and a great-grandchild survive.
Irvin “Spud” Grossweiler ’49, January 22, Bradenton, Florida. He owned and operated Weyrich Hardware in Pekin for 20 years. He then worked as a real estate broker. He received a commendation medal while serving in the Coast Guard during World War II. Survivors include his wife Martha, three children, and three grandchildren.
Charles H. Johnson ’49 MS ’50, December 4, 2004, Plainwell, Michigan. He taught mathematics at DePauw University from 1955 to 1967, and at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point until retiring in 1988. The co-author of a college textbook, he held a doctoral degree from Oklahoma State University. Charles had been a Rotary Club president. He was a World War II Army veteran. Survivors include his wife Lorraine, three children, and seven grandchildren.
Emil Koengeter ’49, January 8, Peoria. After 36 years as an engineer, he retired from Caterpillar Inc. in 1985. He had been president of the German-American Society and its Harmonie Singers. He played the accordion in a German band. Two children and four grandchildren survive.
Roger Severns ’49, January 9, Los Altos, California. He was a research engineer at Lockheed Missile and Space Co. for 24 years, retiring in 1986. Earlier, he had worked in Washington, D.C., and in Arizona. Roger was a World War II Army Air Forces veteran. Survivors include his wife Virginia, four children, and four grandchildren.
Ken Soda ’49, December 11, 2004, Chicago. He was an engineer and inventor for Chicago Dial Co. for 42 years, and then worked as a consultant. He served on the board of Edgewater Presbyterian Church. Ken was a World War II Army veteran. Earlier, he and his wife Midory had been housed in Japanese internment camps. Also surviving are five children and three grandchildren.
Robert Cowan ’50, February 3, East Peoria. An architect for 45 years, East Peoria’s municipal building was one of his designs. He had played flute and piccolo in the symphony orchestra and the municipal band, both in Peoria. He was a World War II Army veteran. Survivors include two daughters, four grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.
Frank Dower ’50, January 27, Springfield. He worked for Kraft Foods, and later was self-employed in Florida. Frank received several medals for his service in the Army Air Forces during World War II.
Peter Impasto ’50, August, 2004, Park Ridge.
Van Wasson ’50, November 28, 2004, Moline. He worked for the former Iowa-Illinois Gas and Electric Co. for 41 years, retiring as manager of the energy supply department in 1991. Van was president of Two Rivers YMCA, and was a past president of the local Chamber of Commerce and a number of other organizations. He was a World War II Navy veteran. Survivors include his wife Marian, twin daughters, and four grandchildren.
Harry Goeppinger ’51, February 27, Peoria. He worked for Caterpillar Inc. throughout the U.S., in Brazil, and in Europe for 30 years, retiring in 1981 as a service engineer. Harry was a World War II Army Air Forces veteran. Survivors include three sons, a stepdaughter, 18 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
Richard D. Schmidt ’51, February 8, Peoria. He was a mechanical engineer for Pipco and Pekin Energy, retiring in 1992. He was a charter member of the American Society of Professional Engineers. Dick was a World War II Navy veteran. His wife Marylyn, three children, and four grandchildren survive.
Paul Feldhaus MA ’52, February 3, Chico, California. He was a professor emeritus of art at California State University, Chico. Earlier, he started the art department at Spring Hill College in Alabama. His prints won many competitions and are in private collections across the nation. Survivors include his wife Patricia, nine children, and 15 grandchildren.
Cloyd Smith ’52, February 10, Lafayette, Indiana. He was a construction manager and general contractor for 40 years, working on projects in Illinois and Indiana. Cloyd was a World War II Navy veteran. He had a private pilot’s license. His wife June and four
Carlee Chester Whipple ’52, January 13, Memphis, Tennessee. She was instrumental in establishing the kindergarten program in Memphis, where she taught and served as instructional supervisor for elementary. Carlee held a master’s degree from Memphis State University. At Bradley, she was a charter member of Alpha Lambda Delta. Four children and nine grandchildren survive.
Margaret Schaefer Camp ’53, December 18, 2004, Bartonville. She had been a history teacher in Springfield and a librarian in Chicago. She was a special services club director for the Army. Peggy assisted in compiling the 1990 census. Her husband Dave, two daughters, and three grandchildren survive.
John Driscoll ’53, January 26, Peoria. He worked in the sales department of Wilkins Pipe & Supply Co. from 1957 to 1991. He was active in the Knights of Columbus. Jack was a Navy veteran, serving in World War II and the Korean War. His wife Toni, three children, and four grandchildren survive.
Susan Nevitt Watson ’53, January 21, Peoria. She had worked for Commercial National Bank and Dentino Dance Studio. She and her husband Robert M. Watson ’53 were charter members of the local chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Also surviving are four children and five grandchildren.
Robert Folkers ’54, February 26, Peoria. He retired from Caterpillar Inc. in 1985 as a field engineer. He served in the Air Force during World War II and the Korean War.
Thomas Barden ’58, January 19, Chillicothe. After 30 years at the Illinois Department of Employment Security, Tom retired as an office manager in 1991. He was a Korean War Navy veteran. Survivors include two children, two stepchildren, eight grandchildren, and one great-grandson.
Mary McCarthy Heid ’58, January 30, Peoria. She worked as the pastor’s secretary at Holy Family Catholic Church for 20 years. Survivors include her husband James Heid ’65, eight children, and 22 grandchildren.
Wayne Kasza ’58, May 25, 2004, Peru. He was employed by the Illinois Department of Transportation, and was District 3 Engineer of the Year in 1982 and 1983. Wayne was Peru’s building inspector and zoning officer for the past six years. He was an Army veteran, serving in the Korean War. Survivors include his wife Maureen, two children, and two grandchildren.
Kenneth Dickens ’59, February 15, East Peoria. He worked at Caterpillar Inc. for more than 40 years, retiring as a supervisor in 1990. His wife Darlene, two children, and four grandchildren survive.
John Sprecher ’59, January 19, Peoria. He worked at Caterpillar Inc. for 45 years, retiring in 1981 as superintendent of the planning/engineering department. John was past chairman of the American Society of Tooling Engineers. He served on the board of the W.D. Boyce Council of Boy Scouts. Survivors include his wife Helen, two children, six grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.
James A. Davis ’61, December 19, 2004, Peoria. He was a highway engineer for the Illinois Department of Transportation for 38 years, retiring in 1995. He then worked as a civil engineer for Maurer-Stutz. Jim was a Marine Corps Reserves veteran. He was an active member of Redeemer Lutheran Church. He is survived by his wife Jean, three children, and several grandchildren.
Thomas Fahnestock ’61, December 20, 2004, Peoria. He worked in data processing at Caterpillar Inc. for 32 years, retiring in 1998. He then worked for Coldwell Banker Devonshire Realty. Tom was active in the restoration of Springdale Cemetery.
Idabelle Wright ’61, December 14, 2004, Kingston Mines. She was a teacher in the Illini Bluffs school district for 35 years. She held a master’s degree from Illinois State University. WEEK-TV honored her as a “hometown hero” in 2000 because of her volunteer efforts. She taught Sunday school for 50 years.
Edward DeYoung ’62, December 26, 2004, Springville, Utah. Survivors include his wife Mellie, two children, 13 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Marilee Plumley Freint ’64, March 9, Carol Stream. She was a member of Chi Omega at Bradley University. Two daughters and two grandsons survive.
Mary “Jo” Owens ’64, January 20, Tempe, Arizona. She was an elementary school teacher for 42 years, first teaching in a country school and then at Harrison School in Peoria for 30 years. Jo was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society for 45 years.
W. Ronald Lambert ’66, December 25, 2004, Plainfield. Ronnie was a probation officer in New York City for many years. He is survived by his son and two grandchildren.
Marilyn Meister Moore ’67, January 29, Washington. She was a teacher in Peoria public schools for 34 years. Marilyn sang with the Belles of Harmony. Survivors include her husband Max, two sons, two stepsons, and several grandchildren.
Sidney Slyman ’67 MA ’71, June 16, 2004, Peoria Heights. He was an executive business consultant for IBM from 1976 to 2002. He was then a consultant for AWC
Edward Dwyer MBA ’69, January 24, Secor. He worked for Caterpillar China Limited in Beijing until retiring in 2000 as operations department manager. He was a farmer at the time of his death. Survivors include his wife Ann, three sons, and three granddaughters.
Maxine Hochstatter ’69, December 11, 2004, Wyanet. She was a teacher for 20 years in Mineral and Annawan schools. Maxine served on the board of the Bureau County Fair, and won many awards for her flowers. Survivors include five children, 14 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.
Marjorie R. Johnson MA ’69, February 25, Santa Fe, New Mexico. She attended art classes at Illinois Central College and Illinois State University for four years. Survivors include her husband Richard L. Johnson MEA ’66, four daughters, and six grandchildren.
Donald McCraith ’71 MS ’72, January 7, Peoria. He had recently retired as a senior materials engineer at Caterpillar Inc., where he had worked for 39 years. He was a Vietnam War Army veteran and had been stationed in Germany. His wife Carolyn, his mother, five children, and nine grandchildren survive.
G. Patrick Riley MA ’71, December 3, 2004, Eureka. He was a retired attorney and had served two terms as Woodford County state’s attorney. He held a juris doctor degree from Drake University. Earlier, he had been a teacher and coach at Eureka High School, and a professional golfer. His daughter and two grandchildren survive.
Marian Riebling ’72, February 2, Peoria. She retired from the Illinois Department of Public Aid in 1982 after working as a social worker and then as head of its homemaker service. Three children, nine grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren survive.
Harry Davis MA ’73, August 11, 2004, Galesburg. He was a teacher and principal for more than 34 years in School District 205. He also worked part-time at Sears. Harry served in the Marines during the Korean War. His wife Carol and their daughter survive.
Stephen Kaspar ’73, October 8, 2004, Tavares, Florida. He was an assemblyman for GNT Conveyors. He also taught at Sylvan Learning Center. He was a Coast Guard veteran. Survivors include his wife Kathy and his mother.
Sidney Cooper MA ’74, December 25, 2004, St. Louis, Missouri. From 1980 to 2003 he was an employee assistance program manager for the Department of Defense. He had served as a captain in the Air Force. Survivors include his wife Julie and two children.
Elaine Greek ’74, February 19, Eureka. She was an attorney in the Peoria area, specializing in child and family law. She held a juris doctor degree from the University of Illinois. Three sons, several grandchildren, and her mother survive.
Monica Avery Hesky ’75, November 11, 2004, Northbrook. She was a medical records administrator at Orsini Home Health Care and had worked at various Chicago hospitals. Survivors include her husband Peter Hesky ’74 and two sons.
Penelope Myers ’75, January 5, Peoria. She had been a secretary at Caterpillar Inc., Westinghouse, and the Human Services Center.
George Shadid Jr. ’80, February 21, Peoria. He was first vice president of investments, senior investment management specialist at Smith-Barney. George was past president of Catholic Charities, the Bradley Chiefs Club, the B-Club, and Mt. Hawley Country Club. He was a member of the Peoria Zoning Commission. Survivors include his wife Mikie, one daughter, and his parents.
Karen Windsor Hanover ’81, January 27, Mason City. She was a pharmacist at Schnucks in Springfield, and had worked at pharmacies in Lincoln, Havana, and Pekin. Karen was the national champion air riflist in her division in 2004. She is survived by her husband Randall and her parents.
Harold “Bud” Wilson Jr. ’85, February 19, Peoria. He was marketing director of the Hotel Pere Marquette for the past six years. Earlier, he worked for the Holiday Inn City Centre and for WEEK-TV as a broadcast engineer. He had been president of the Kiwanis Club of Peoria and also served at the district level. Bud was a Vietnam War Army veteran. He is survived by his wife Maureen and one daughter.
Darrin Yeager ’88, August 14, 2004, Plainfield. He was a warehouse manager for Gillette Corporation. He enjoyed golf and landscaping. Darrin is survived by his wife Nadine, two children, and his parents.
Jeanne Tomlinson Skewes MA ’91, December 26, 2004, Peoria. She had been director of children’s ministries at First United Methodist Church. She was an active volunteer and had accompanied and directed numerous musical groups. Jeanne is survived by her husband Rod, her daughter, father, and stepmother.
David R. Carlson ’00, October 22, 2004, Rockford. He was a short-term missionary with Campus Crusade for Christ from 2001 to 2003. He served in Mexico and at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. His father and stepmother survive.
John E. Davis, professor of music emeritus, died on April 5. He lived in Peoria.
He retired in 1985 after teaching at Bradley University for 35 years. Dr. Davis held a doctoral degree from Columbia University. He was a World War II Army veteran. He was the band director of the 9th Armored Division and had been awarded a Bronze Star.
He is survived by his wife Ann, two children, and four grandchildren.
Lesley Graham, professor of special education, died on March 11. She was the special education program area coordinator. She lived in Peoria.
She held a doctoral degree from Illinois State University, a master’s degree from the University of Arizona, and three bachelor’s degrees. Earlier, she had worked in Tucson, Arizona, in Springfield, and at ISU. Dr. Graham presented papers at state, national, and international conferences, including the Oxford Roundtable in England. She was a co-founder of the Mid-State Special Olympics.
Survivors include her husband Charles Ziemer Jr., her daughter, and mother.
Frank Gryna, distinguished professor of industrial engineering emeritus, died on
Dr. Gryna received the Putnam Award and the Rothberg Award while teaching at Bradley University from 1962 to 1982. He was chair of the industrial engineering department from 1972 to 1975, and served as interim dean in 1977. He received five national awards, and was the author or co-author of five books on quality control.
His wife Doris, three children, and eight grandchildren survive.
Elizabeth “Anne” Plummer Kalish ’62, staff emeritus, died on December 15, 2004. She lived in Coroton Hudson, New York.
She was a librarian at Bradley University for almost 20 years until retiring in the mid-seventies. Her son and two grandchildren survive.
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