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Summer 2006 • Volume 12, Issue 3


Thirza Covey Tinthoff ’28, March 4, Peoria. An active community volunteer, she co-founded the Peoria Dental Wives and Child Guidance Club. Thirza and her late husband were members of the Century Club and had traveled to more than 150 countries. Surviving are her daughter, three grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.


Vivian Lawless Braunagel ’30, March 4, Peoria Heights. She was 101. Vivian worked as a sales associate at Bergner’s for more than 30 years. She was also a grade school teacher in rural schools and in Peoria Heights. Survivors include her son, two granddaughters, and four great-grandchildren.

Robert Calkins ’37, January 4, Peoria. He practiced law in Peoria for 55 years and served as state’s attorney from 1968 to 1972. Earlier he served twice as assistant state’s attorney. Bob received his juris doctor degree from Georgetown University in 1940. He was a World War II veteran of the Army Air Corps. He was active in many local organizations. Bob is survived by his two children.

Clara Barth Engrissei ’37, January 21, Peoria Heights. She was an LPN at Proctor Hospital for many years. Clara was an active member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Five children, 12 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren survive.

Cecil Parkin ’37, January 4, Fort Worth, Texas. He retired from General Dynamics as a design engineer. Cecil had been a musician with a local orchestra. Survivors include five children, 10 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Ernest “Tommy” Thompson ’38, January 4, Fort Myers, Florida. He practiced medicine at the Hanna Clinic in Peoria from 1946 to 1975. He was chief of staff at Methodist Medical Center in 1963. Tommy served in the Army as a surgeon during World War II. He is survived by his wife MaryEllen, four children, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

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Joseph Zimmerman ’43, January 12, Morton. After 35 years with Klaus Radio, he retired as corporate treasurer and controller in 1983. He was an active member of Morton Apostolic Christian Church, and counseled small business owners through SCORE. Joewas a World War II Army Air Forces veteran. Survivors include his wife Mildred Getz Zimmerman ’45, three children, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Richard Leu ’44, December 24, 2005, Peoria. He owned Leu-Collins Institutional Foods. Dick was a World War II Navy veteran. Survivors include his wife Marilyn, two children, three stepchildren, five grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.

Emma Jean Moore Sweney ’45, January 23, Peoria. She was a Realtor with Cullinan Properties for 18 years. Emma Jean was an active community volunteer and a past president of Junior League. At Bradley she was a member of Pi Beta Phi. Her survivors include four children, nine grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Glenn Worner ’45, March 7, Morton. He was county highway superintendent in Mercer County for 12 years before retiring in 1985. He also worked for the Illinois Department of Transportation for 23 years. Glenn was active with the American Red Cross, Kiwanis, and in the United Methodist church. He was a World War II Navy veteran. Surviving are his wife Laura Ernsberger Worner ’44, three children, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Wyverne Blickenstaff ’47, January 20, Metamora. He worked at Caterpillar Inc. for 33 years, retiring as a procedure writer in 1981. He was an Army veteran. Survivors include five children, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Wayne Mayes ’48, November 8, 2005, Manchester, Missouri. He was a veteran. Surviving are his wife Patti, two children, and four grandchildren.

Wade Fehr ’49, March 7, Peoria. He was co-owner of P.J. Hoerr Inc. Wade had served as president of Parc and the Illinois Association for Retarded Citizens. He was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran. Survivors include his wife Marjorie Hoerr Fehr ’49, five children, 10 grandchildren, and a great-grandson.

Harold Slater ’49 MS ’53, September 4, 2005, Quincy. He was a teacher, coach, and principal. He became superintendent of the Hartsburg-Emden school district in 1964. From 1974 until retiring in 1982, he was superintendent of the Forrest-Strawn-Wing district. Harold was a World War II Navy veteran. At Bradley he was a football player. Surviving are his wife Virlee, three children, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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Donald Menne ’50, March 6, Charlotte, North Carolina. He worked for 35 years at the Ballistic Research Laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. He had more than 40 technical publications to his credit and had received numerous awards. Surviving are his wife Clara, three children, and eight grandchildren.

Peter Van De Water ’50, February 2, Whiting, New Jersey. He owned and operated Van De Water Flooring in Cranford for 18 years, retiring in 1995. Peter was active in his church. He was a World War II Navy veteran. His wife Dorothy, three children, and 10 grandchildren survive.

Jack Domnitz ’51, January 28, Peoria. He was chairman and founder of the department of internal medicine at Proctor Hospital. Jack was also chairman of endocrinology at the U of I College of Medicine in Peoria. He volunteered at the Heartland Health Clinic. He was an Army veteran. Survivors include his wife Miriam, six children, and 10 grandchildren.

Carolyn Andrews Kozak ’51, February 10, Jacksonville, Florida. Carolyn had been employed by Continental Assurance Co. in Chicago. She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Anthony.

John Lohmar ’51, November 15, 2005, Surprise, Arizona. He retired from Olin Chemicals in Joliet. John was a World War II Navy veteran. Survivors include his wife Anna, five children, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Andrew Amyx ’52, November 29, 2005, Venice, Florida. He was a promotion manager in television and portrayed Bozo the Clown. Andy portrayed other clowns on TV in Jacksonville, Florida, and Grand Rapids, Michigan. His wife Marilyn Thornton Amyx ’52, three children, and four grandchildren survive.

Jack Hartmann ’52, February 21, Prescott, Arizona. He owned and operated McDougal/Hartmann Construction Co. in Peoria for many years. Jack was a World War II Navy veteran. Bradley’s Hartmann Center is named in honor of his late parents, Jack and Mary Hartmann. Survivors include his wife Hildreth, five children, and nine grandchildren.

Wayne Febus ’53, January 29, Normal. He was a construction foreman. Earlier he was a city building inspector and zoning officer, and a teacher at Normal High School. Wayne was a World War II Navy veteran. Survivors include his wife Jeanne and one daughter.

Fred Reid ’53, January 7, Hendersonville, North Carolina. He retired from Caterpillar Inc. in 1985 after 42 years in sales and marketing. Fred was also a photographer in the research department. He was a World War II Army Air Forces veteran. Survivors include his wife Mary, two sons, and a granddaughter.

Jean Risen ’54, January 10, Peoria. She taught business at Limestone Community High School for more than 25 years and had been named teacher of the year. She retired in 1980. Jean held offices in several national honor societies.

Marie Foster Starkweather ’54, February 14, Princeville. She was a registered nurse for Dr. Emil Loeffler for 30 years. Survivors include her husband Rollen, four children, six grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.

John B. Adams ’57, March 20, Lemoyne, Pennsylvania. Jack was a civil service supervisor for the Navy for 30 years. He had served as president of the park board in Mundelein. He was an Air Force veteran. Surviving are his wife Linda Best Adams ’55, five children, nine grandchildren, and a great-grandson.

Dorothy Callery McMullen ’57, January 21, Dunlap. She was a teacher at Dunlap Grade School for more than 20 years, retiring in 1993. Six children and 10 grandchildren survive.

Edward J. McMurray ’57, February 3, Peoria. After 30 years at Caterpillar Inc., he retired in 1994 as a senior quality engineer. Ed wrote a book, Hands-on Approach to Total Quality Management. He was a founding member of St. Sharbel Maronite Church and had been president of several Lebanese clubs. Surviving are his wife Betty, 12 children, and 17 grandchildren.

Joan Canty Whitworth ’57, January 23, Peoria. She worked in the insurance industry for many years. An active member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Joan belonged to Sigma Phi Gamma at Bradley. She served in the Air Force Reserve. Her husband Arthur, four children, and 10 grandchildren survive.

Max Bernauer ’58, January 24, Deer Creek. He retired as a supervisor from I. Bork & Sons, and had been a Peoria police officer. Max served on the local library board and as a volunteer fireman. He was a Korean War Army veteran. Survivors include his wife Joan and one daughter.

Mike Kesseler ’58 MA ’64, March 29, Princeton. He was a teacher for 29 years in Princeton and a junior high basketball coach. Mike had been inducted into four sports halls of fame: Illinois basketball coaches, Bradley, the greater Peoria area, and Bureau County. He played on the Bradley baseball team that finished third in the 1956 College World Series. Mike was an Air Force veteran. He is survived by his wife Nancy Krei Kesseler ’58, three children, and three grandchildren.

Charles Ricketts ’59, March 13, Fort Myers, Florida. He was a licensed professional engineer. He retired from Caterpillar Inc. in Peoria in 1987. Survivors include his wife Phyllis.

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Don Voigt ’60, December 6, 2005, Memphis, Tennessee. He was a teacher in Memphis and in the Shelby County schools, most recently working at Lakeside Alternative School. Survivors include his wife Delores Wohlwend Voigt ’61, three children, and two grandsons.

Virgel Hartsock ’63, December 17, 2005, Tremont. He was employed by Caterpillar Inc. for 35 years, retiring as a project leader in network services in 2000. Virgel was an Army veteran. Surviving are his wife Marilyn, three sons, and six grandchildren.

Barbara Dukelow Henry ’63, January 2, Wheaton. She was an active volunteer and a teacher at the College of DuPage. Her two children and four grandchildren survive.

James Peelle ’63 MA ’71, January 22, Henderson. Since 1980 he had been a marketing instructor at Carl Sandburg College. Earlier he was an assistant director of financial aid and placement at Bradley. He was a faculty adviser for Lambda Chi Alpha from 1968 to 1975. A Marine Corps veteran, he was a volunteer counselor at the Jubilee Youth Facility. His son survives.

Richard Denmark ’64, February 5, Blue Mound. He earned a master’s degree in theology from Garrett Seminary in 1968. He served as a Methodist minister in central Illinois for 30 years. Richard was an accomplished woodworker. He earned a Purple Heart for his Navy service during World War II. Survivors include his wife Evelyn, their three daughters, eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Cheri Lu Clay Mullen ’68, January 17, Atlanta, Georgia. Survivors include two daughters and four granddaughters.

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Rex Bell ’73, October 29, 2005, Kankakee. He was employed by the U.S. Postal Service. Survivors include his wife Susan.

Rick Bradshaw ’74 MBA ’79, February 27, Peoria. He owned Courtesy Cleaning Center in Peoria and Pekin. Earlier he worked at Komatsu for 28 years. Rick taught part-time at Bradley for five years and served on the board of the Chiefs Club. His pool team won a national championship in 1989. Survivors include his wife Linda Bradshaw ’96, two daughters, and four grandchildren.

Donald Stahlin ’78, February 6, Orange, California. He was vice president of community development for Rancho Mission Viejo. Don was involved in several organizations in the home building industry. He volunteered at a homeless shelter in Santa Ana. Survivors include his wife Kathy and his mother.


Kirby Puckett ’84, March 6, Scottsdale, Arizona. From 1984 until 1995, Kirby was an outfielder for the Minnesota Twins, carrying the team to World Series championships in 1987 and 1991. Kirby’s number 14 was retired by Bradley when he was inducted into the BU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995. In 2001 he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Survivors include two children and his fiancée.