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Summer 2009 • Volume 15, Issue 3  

In Memory


HARVEY BENDER ’37, Nov. 28, 2008, Edwardsville.

ELEANOR FARRELLY McGRATH ’39, Nov. 18, 2008, Peoria. She enjoyed crafts and was a kindergarten teacher in her early career. Her seven children survive, along with seven grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.

BETTY TAGGART ’39, Feb. 12, Peoria. She retired as an officer at Peoria Savings and Loan. Betty was a member of Sigma Kappa, the Bradley University Alumni Association, and CIBAC.


JEAN WARREN MOORE ’40, March 9, Quincy. She was a home economics teacher for more than 30 years, primarily at Peoria Central High School. Jean was a longtime resident of East Peoria. Her daughter, four grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter survive.

SAMUEL “BILL” CONVER ’42, Jan. 31, Peoria. He wrote a sports column for the Peoria Star, and later was an editor and religion columnist for the Peoria Journal Star, retiring in 1982. A World War II Army Air Corps veteran, Bill was active in his church and the Catholic Interracial Council. Four children survive, including MICHAEL CONVER ’68 and ANN CONVER, MFA ’91. His daughter Kath Conver is senior director of BU public relations. Also surviving are four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

LEON ATHERTON ’44, April 18, Peoria. He had a private OB/GYN practice for 30 years and delivered more than 2,000 babies. He was a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago. A World War II Army veteran, he had a private pilot’s license. Two children including KRISTAL ATHERTON ’83, two granddaughters, and a great-grandson survive.

CHESTER REID ’48, Nov. 1, 2008, St. Joseph, Mich. He worked at R.G. LeTourneau until 1959. Chet retired from Clark Equipment in 1986 as head of international engineering. He later worked as a consultant. Chet was involved in the development of international technical standards. He served in the Naval Reserve. Survivors include his wife Barbara, three children, seven grandchildren, and a great-grandson.

NORMAN AMUNDSEN ’49, April 7, Jackson, Mich. A World War II Navy veteran, he retired from Consumers Energy as a senior engineer after 22 years of service. Surviving are five children, 10 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

JOHN BAUER ’49, Dec. 15, 2008, Oneonta, Ala. He worked in sales and management at Hunt Wesson Foods for 20 years and later at Dial Corp., retiring in 1990. John was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran. Surviving are his wife Grace, four children, 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandchild.

JANE SEBREE BARTON ’49, Feb. 2, The Woodlands, Texas. A World War II Army veteran, she worked as a nurse. Jane was an active volunteer in Canton at the hospital and other organizations. She was a member of PEO, and at Bradley was a Chi Omega. Her daughter and granddaughter survive.

JOHN “JACK” FARES ’49, April 13, Chenoa. Jack worked for GMAC from 1951 to 1980. He worked part-time for the Peoria Park District in golf operations until 2001. An active volunteer, Jack was an elder and deacon in his church. He was a World War II Army Air Forces veteran. His wife HELEN ALEXANDER FARES ’47, two daughters, and a grandson survive.

JAMES POWERS ’49, Jan. 27, Peoria. He was a sales engineer for Wilkins Pipe & Supply, retiring in 1995. A World War II Army Air Corps veteran, he received the Bronze Star and was a founding member of the Army Air Museum in Britain. Active in St. Mark’s Catholic Church, Jim was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon at Bradley. Survivors include his wife Barbara, three children, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

KENNETH SCOGIN ’49, Feb. 7, East Peoria. He was a detail draftsman at Caterpillar for 34 years, retiring in 1983. Kenny was an active member of Grace United Methodist Church in Pekin. He enjoyed helping with musicals produced by Caterpillar, as well as Corn Stock Theatre. A World War II Navy veteran, the Salvation Army recognized him for volunteerism in 1988. Surviving are four children, 11 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

ALEXANDER STENHOUSE ’49, Oct. 19, 2008, DeKalb. He was secretary and treasurer of A. Stenhouse & Co. An active volunteer in Burbank, he was president of the library board. During World War II, he served in the Office of Strategic Services. Survivors include his wife Beatrice, three daughters, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

THERESA PARIS SULLIVAN ’49, Feb. 16, Peoria. She was employed at Zeller Mental Health Center for 18 years, retiring in 2002. Previously she was executive director of the March of Dimes and the Epilepsy Foundation. She was active with United Way. A member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, she enjoyed singing in the choir.


JOHN CYCHOL JR. ’50, Feb. 2, North Little Rock, Ark. He worked for Caterpillar for 37 years, retiring in 1989. A World War II Navy veteran, he was a member of the Illinois High School Basketball Hall of Fame. John enjoyed golf and fishing. Surviving are his wife JOAN O’CONNOR CYCHOL ’53, five children including CATHI CYCHOL SHEA ’84, and seven grandchildren.

PHILIP JOSE FARMER ’50 HON ’98, Feb. 25, Peoria. He was a science fiction writer with books to his credit such as Fabulous River World, Nothing Burns in Hell, Strange Relations, and Dark Heart of Time. A World War II Army Air Corps veteran, he was inducted into the Bradley Centurion Society in 1994. For more about his writing, see NoteBook. Survivors include two children, five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. His wife BETTE ANDRE FARMER ’44 died on June 10 in Peoria.

CARL KEISTER ’50, Jan. 12, Fort Myers, Fla. He was employed by Caterpillar for 31 years. A World War II Army veteran, he enjoyed woodworking. His wife CHERILLYN JOHNSON KEISTER ’49, four children, and eight grandchildren survive.

DELOSS “D.E.” MYLOTT ’50, Dec. 30, 2008, Pekin. After 45 years at Caterpillar, he retired in 1990 as a security systems engineer. D.E. was an active member of First United Methodist Church. He was a World War II Navy veteran. Surviving are his wife Hazel, three children, 10 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren.

OWEN REED ’50, Feb. 8, Peoria. Owen owned Reed-Manning Insurance for many years and then worked for several insurance agencies. A World War II Navy veteran, he enjoyed golf. Survivors include his wife DOLORES SEVER REED ’50 MLS ’89, two children, and two grandchildren.

ZELDA HEDDEN SELLMAN ’50 MA ’52, Feb. 5, Athens. A longtime resident of Germantown Hills, she wrote and published poetry and children’s stories. She taught English and art at the college level. Zelda was a painter and a peace activist. She was involved with the Society of Friends. Four sons including DANIEL SELLMAN ’85, a foster daughter, and nine grandchildren survive. Her husband WAYNE SELLMAN ’55 MBA ’58 died on May 3.

ALVIN WOERNER ’50, Dec. 1, 2008, Wenona. He farmed and also worked at J&L Steel in Hennepin for 20 years. He was an avid cyclist and fisherman. Alvin was a World War II Navy veteran. His wife Margaret, six children, 12 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren survive.

STANLEY “LEE” PANEK ’51, March 2009, Indian Head Park. He was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran. His wife Gloria survives.

WAYNE BURMEISTER ’52, March 1, Perry, Mich. A founder and past president of the Professional Convention Managers Association, he retired in 1994 as director of member services for the Michigan State Medical Society. Wayne was a consultant in the planning of convention centers in Paris and Berlin. A Korean War Army veteran, he was an active volunteer. Surviving are his wife Sharonlee, four children, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

CHARLES DILL ’52, Feb. 19, Morton. He was art director and vice president at Mace Advertising, retiring in 1985. Charles was a World War II Air Force veteran. Survivors include his wife Barbara, six children, two stepchildren, and many grand-children and great-grandchildren.

EMIL GROB ’52, Jan. 21, Peoria. After serving in the Army Air Forces during World War II, Emil was a flight instructor at Byerly Aviation. He later worked for Caterpillar for 35 years in the Peoria area, as well as in Europe and North Africa. Surviving are his wife Loretta, five children including CATHY GROB FREY ’75 and MATTHEW GROB ’89, and eight grandchildren.

ELOISE FISCHER SULLIVAN ’52, Jan. 30, Montgomery. Three children and three grandchildren survive.

QUENTIN WALMSLEY ’52, Dec. 7, 2008, Mesa, Ariz. He worked in the finance department at Caterpillar in Peoria. An Army Air Corps veteran, Quentin enjoyed golf and was active in the Knights of Columbus. Surviving are his wife Barbara, two sons, and two grandsons.

GILBERT BRUELL ’53 MS ’58, March 12, Morton. He taught accounting at Morton High School, and earlier was a principal in Tremont. Gilbert was a Korean War Navy veteran. His sister and brother survive.

WILLIAM BURROUGHS ’53, Nov. 27, 2008, West Elmira, N.Y. He worked in the railroad industry for 40 years, retiring in 1987 as a district sales manager for Conrail. Bill was active in his church and Kiwanis. He was an Air Force veteran. Survivors include his wife Maxine, their son, and six grandchildren.

PAUL PETRI ’53, Jan. 5, Peoria. He worked in sales, most recently for Mangold Ford-Mercury in Eureka. Paul worked at Wal-Mart until late last year. He was active in his church. His wife Sherry, seven children, and 13 grandchildren survive.

GORDON WRIGHT ’53, March 21, Peoria. For many years he worked in kitchen design and sales, retiring in 2008. Gordon was active in his church and the Knights of Columbus. Survivors include 10 children, 30 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

BETTY HEDDEN STARASTA ’54 MA ’57, Nov. 30, 2006, Farmington. She taught art at Spoon River College, and was an instructor with Bradley’s Institute for Learning in Retirement for many years. Her husband George, one son, and two grandchildren survive.

ALVIN POLICH ’55 MEA ’67, Dec. 26, 2008, Bella Vista, Ark. He worked in the railroad industry for many years in Peoria, Los Angeles, and Kansas. He retired as director of public projects for the Santa Fe Railroad in Kansas City. He was a magician and also enjoyed golf and woodworking. He was an Air Force veteran. His wife Kathryn and three children survive.

DUANE NORTON ’56, Jan. 15, Torrance, Calif. He was employed by Northrop’s aircraft division and later by Hughes Aircraft. Duane retired in 1986. He was a World War II and Korean War Navy veteran. His wife Eloise, two sons, and six grandchildren survive.

HAROLD “BUD” DAVIS ’57, March 1, Boca Raton, Fla. He retired as vice president of sales and marketing at Keystone Steel & Wire. He owned World Wide Travel in Peoria. A Navy veteran, Bud was a member of Sigma Chi. He enjoyed restoring Chris-Craft wooden boats. Survivors include his wife Susie, three children, and seven grandchildren.

JOHN “JACK” DUCHIEN, MS ’57, Jan. 16, East Peoria. After 35 years with School District 86, he retired as superintendent in 1986. Jack and his wife later worked as tour escorts for Peoria Charter Coach. A World War II Air Force veteran, Jack enjoyed golf and was active in his church. Surviving are three children including JANET DUCHIEN FLINN ’80, nine grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters.

WILLIAM HOWALD ’57, Jan. 11, Brimfield.

DONALD HUFF ’57, Feb. 18, Bozeman, Mont. He retired as senior vice president of AON, an international insurance brokerage firm. A member of Tau Kappa Epsilon at Bradley, Don lived in Pasadena, Calif., for many years. His wife Leslie survives.

GERALD SAUDER ’58, Jan. 13, Ranson, W.Va. Jerry was a retired mechanical engineer. Surviving are his wife Marilyn, four sons, and 10 grandchildren.

EDWARD ZIMMERMAN ’58, Feb. 27, Foley, Ala. The proprietor of E-Z Tackle Shop, he was active in his church and in Rotary where he was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow in 2006. Ed was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon at Bradley. Two daughters, his brother, and four grandchildren survive.

GEORGE HUTHMANN ’59, Feb. 17, Peoria. Employed by Caterpillar since 1959, George last worked as a casting design engineer. He was involved in prison ministries, and was a longtime member of the CEFCU board. His wife Ruth died in December. Surviving are three daughters and four grandchildren.

BERNADINE ROACH, MA ’59, April 7, Peoria. She was a teacher for 32 years, including 25 years at Woodruff High School. Bernadine was a musician and an active member of University United Methodist Church. Surviving are two children including STEVE ROACH ’71, five grandchildren, and three great-grandsons.


DONNA KRABBENHOFT LISTER, MS ’60, Jan. 29, Sheboygan, Wis. She was a teacher in Naperville until 1966, and later was a substitute teacher in Sheboygan. Donna was active in her church and several clubs. Her husband HERB LISTER ’60 MBA ’60, two children, and two granddaughters survive.

JANE KEITHLY PFLEEGER ’60, April 18, Peoria. She was a music teacher in District 150 for 40 years. Jane also taught at St. Mark’s School, and spent seven summers as a director at Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. She enjoyed the opera. Jane’s two children and two grandchildren survive.

HAROLD FRANZEN ’61, Nov. 30, 2008, Flanagan. He farmed and also managed businesses and properties in the area. A Korean War Army veteran, Harold had been president of the local farmers co-op. His wife Mary, three children, and three grandchildren survive.

DAVID MADALOZZO ’61, Jan. 29, Tarboro, N.C. He owned and operated EPM Co., a machine shop. Dave had worked at Anaconda Wire & Cable Co. until 1979, helping to open the Tarboro facility as plant engineer. An Air Force veteran, he held a private pilot’s license. Survivors include his wife Rose, two daughters, and five grandchildren.

ROBERT W. BROWN ’63 MBA ’89, Feb. 6, Morton. He retired in 2001 as CEO of Bank Plus. Previously, Bob had worked at Morton Federal Savings and Loan, as well as IBM and Howard Printing. He served on the boards of the American Red Cross and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Washington. The Chamber of Commerce honored Bob in 2000, and he was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Morton Rotary. He served on the national advisory board of Bradley’s Foster College of Business. Surviving are his wife BARBARA BLACK BROWN ’75 MLS ’91, his mother, four children including ROBERT BROWN JR. ’82, MARTIN T. BROWN ’83, and KATHERINE BROWN BOWERS ’87, and eight grandsons.

LEROY HARMS ’64, Feb. 8, Peoria. After more than 20 years at Caterpillar, he retired in 2001 as a technical analyst. Previously he worked at Rainbird Sprinklers. Leroy enjoyed tennis and sailing. Survivors include his wife Gloria, two children, and three grandchildren.

WENDELL DALE LEACH ’64, Dec. 8, 2008, Minier. Retired from Caterpillar in 1997 after 33 years, he was an accountant. Dale was an Army veteran. His wife Janet and two children survive.

LOUIS SCLAFANI ’66, Feb. 28, Marlton, N.J. He was president of Violet Packing Co., producer of Don Pepino and Sclafani tomato products. He served as president of the New Jersey Food Processors in 2000. Earlier he was a Frito-Lay plant manager in California. An honored Vietnam War Navy veteran, he was active in Boy Scouts. He was a member of Theta Xi at Bradley. Survivors include his wife Carol.

NELDA WADDELL, MA ’67, Feb. 18, Peoria.

GERALD DUKE ’68, Jan. 7, Coral Springs, Fla. He owned a computer services company. His wife ANN CODY DUKE, MA ’74 and one daughter survive.

GARY HUGHES, MA ’68, Jan. 3, Peoria Heights. He was an organist and choir director at various churches, retiring in 2005 from Bradley Epworth United Methodist Church. Gary had been president of Kappa Kappa Psi. He served on the school and village boards in Bradford. Survivors include his wife Nora and two children.

RONALD BROY ’69 MA ’74, March 6, Cookeville, Tenn. Employed at the regional Social Security office in Chicago for 17 years, Ronald initiated the SSI statistical program in 1974 and helped appeal judges’ rulings. Earlier he was an insurance agent in Bloomington. He was an Air Force veteran. One daughter and five grandchildren survive.

DON MULLNER ’69, March 18, Oswego. He was facilities manager at Neuqua Valley High School for three years and earlier worked at Siemens Corp. for 15 years. Don held a master’s degree from Northern Illinois University. A member of Phi Kappa Tau at Bradley, he was active in the Knights of Columbus. His wife DARLA HOPPER MULLNER ’68, two daughters, his mother, and two grandchildren survive.


JOHN MARTYNOWSKI, MA ’70, April 22, Toluca. He was a science teacher and principal at Metamora Grade School for 32 years. John worked at Libby & McNeil during the summers. He was a World War II Naval Air Force veteran. Surviving are his wife Mary Ann, four sons including MATT MARTYNOWSKI ’91, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

PAUL ZANCAN ’70, March 31, Lowell, Ind. He had been employed by Valspar Corp. Survivors include his wife CYNTHIA HATCH ZANCAN ’70, two children, and his mother.

LARRY BIRKEMO ’74, March 11, Chapel Hill, N.C. He was employed by GlaxoSmithKline for more than 20 years. Surviving are his wife Diane, two daughters, and his mother.

MICHAEL K. BLAIR ’74 MA ’78, Dec. 2, 2008, Peoria. He was a high school teacher for 35 years in Washington. Survivors include his father KENNETH BLAIR ’56 and mother BONNIE ECHARD WATSON ’51.

MARGARET “PEGGY” LIEBENOW WEBER ’74, April 12, Lakewood. She was an assistant professor of accounting at University of Illinois, Chicago. Peggy held a master’s degree from Tulane and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas. She and her family lived in New Orleans for 25 years. Her husband Joseph, their son, and two grandsons survive.

WILLIAM E. SMITH JR., MBA ’75, Dec. 1, 2008, Peoria. Bill last worked at Pioneer Park Mitsubishi. Survivors include his wife Veronica, two children, three stepdaughters, and five grandchildren.

CHARLES “TIM” HEIMANN, MA ’76, March 13, Galesburg. He was a coach, professor, and development officer at Knox College for 37 years. Tim served in the Army Reserves for six years. Surviving are his wife Catherine, four children, and two grandchildren.

LEONA HUNT SMITH ’76, Dec. 25, 2008, East Peoria. An RN at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center for 29 years, she retired in 1978. She was a 1949 graduate of the hospital’s school of nursing. Her son survives.

CATHY CRAIG ZANDER ’77, Feb. 25, Prior Lake, Minn. She had been an RN at Fairview Southdale Hospital since 1982. Cathy was a Girl Scout leader and enjoyed Bible study groups. She was a member of Chi Omega. Her husband PAUL ZANDER ’75, two children, and her mother survive.

MICHAEL A. WOLF ’78, Jan. 31, Belle Plaine, Iowa. Mike was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon at Bradley. Survivors include his wife Jackie, his mother, five children, and a granddaughter.


LEE MORGAN, HON ’80, Jan. 21, Peoria. He retired from Caterpillar in 1985 as chairman of the board and CEO. A World War II Army veteran, he began his Caterpillar career in 1946. He established the Lee L. Morgan Chair in International Economic Affairs at Bradley in 1992. The recipient of numerous awards, he sat on many boards, including Boeing, CILCO, Commercial National Bank, 3M, and Mobil Corp.

RICHARD TALBOT ’81, Feb. 15, Spring Grove. He held a master’s degree in human resources development from Webster University. He served in the Illinois National Guard from 1986 to 1990. Surviving are his father and stepmother, five sisters and brothers, and eight stepbrothers and sisters.

JAMES JEFFRIES ’84, April 22, Princeville. He worked in the electric power division at Caterpillar for 25 years. Jim was a CPS deployment manager. He volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and the Boy Scouts. His wife Dawn, four children, and his parents survive.


THOMAS BROOKS-MILLER ’95, Feb. 24, Colchester. He was in skilled trades at Caterpillar until 1988, and was a shop steward. A Vietnam War Army veteran, Tom was an award-winning artist. Survivors include his wife JEANNETTE LOKAY BROOKS-MILLER ’77, two children, and four brothers and sisters including MARY WOZNIAK-HORAN ’84.


LAUREN HAMILTON ’08, April 11, Peoria. She was a customer service rep on the Bank of America team at Multi-Ad. A member of Chi Omega, Lauren was an accomplished pianist and enjoyed drama. She had been active in track and volleyball at Sandwich High School. Her parents and brother survive.

“In Memory” Guidelines: In Memory is written from newspaper clippings, as well as published obituaries supplied by friends and family. Bradley Hilltopics attempts to identify spouses, parents, children, and siblings who are also Bradley alumni. Submit an obituary by mailing a newspaper clipping or memory card from the funeral home to Bradley Hilltopics, 1501 W. Bradley Ave., Peoria, IL 61625.