RUTH BURROUGHS COX DAHLSTROM 33, Jan. 25, Galva. She taught for two years at Hopedale Country School and was a homemaker. Ruth was a member of the DAR. Two children survive, along with several grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
MARY JENKINS 39, Jan. 30, Eureka. Mary had been a teacher in Eureka. She was 102.
ROBERT DERSCH 40, March 23, Royal Oak, Mich. He worked for Great Lakes Gas Transmission Co. for 30 years, retiring in 1983. He was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran. In Detroit he had served as president of Toastmasters, as well as the Institute of Internal Auditors.
MARY LEE GUTH RIDER 40, March 10, Washington. She was active in the choirs at her church for many years. Mary Lee was a 4-H leader and had been president of the Washington Womens Club. Surviving are five children including SHERWOOD RIDER 64, MARY RIDER MEISCHNER 71, and STEPHEN RIDER 76, 11 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
EVELYN STRASSBURGER VOSS 42, Feb. 16, Peoria. She was an accompanist at Manual High School and later taught piano. Active in the community, she was a board member of Lakeview Museum. Evelyn was a member of Sigma Kappa at Bradley. Surviving are five children including MARILYN VOSS LEYLAND 67, SUSAN VOSS READ 70, and EUGENE VOSS II 73; her brother ROBERT STRASSBURGER 47, 19 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
ROBERT WELK 42, Feb. 1, McLean, Va. He worked for the CIA from 1946 to 1974, and was deputy comptroller and director of management and supervisory training. A graduate of the law school at Georgetown University, he was an expert in parliamentary procedure. He was a member of Sigma Phi. A World War II Army veteran, he was awarded a Bronze Star. Three children and eight grandchildren survive.
VICKI MICHEL McCORD 43, March 3, Peoria. She and her late husband Bob received the Presidents Award from Bradley in 1995. Vicki served on the board of Illinois Mutual from 1972 to 2007. An active volunteer and member of PEO, she was honored by Junior League as sustainer of the year in 2003. Three children, eight grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren survive. Her son Michel is a Bradley Trustee.
SHIRLEY MORAN RIDGELY 43, Feb. 18, Peoria. She was a member of Chi Omega. Surviving are three children including DIANE RIDGELY DANILIUK 81, two grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters.
MARGARET EDWARDS FRANCIS 45, Feb. 27, Knoxville, Tenn. She was employed by the U.S. Office of Mine Safety for 19 years. Earlier she worked for Caterpillar and as a stewardess for American Airlines. Survivors include six children, 10 grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters.
JAMES GRIFFY 47, Dec. 23, 2009, Olney. He owned and operated Griffys Jewelry in Newton and Olney for 62 years. A World War II Navy veteran, he was active in the community and in Masonic work. Survivors include his wife Helen, two sons, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
GLENN JONES 48 MA 50, March 24, Peoria. He worked in payroll at Keystone Steel & Wire Co. for 19 years, and previously taught elementary school. Glenn was village clerk of Bartonville for 11 years. A World War II Navy veteran, he enjoyed golf and baseball. He was a pitcher at Bradley. His two sons and two grandchildren survive.
WILLIAM MACDONALD 49, April 2, Peoria. He worked in management at Caterpillar for 37 years in Peoria; Memphis, Tenn.; and York, Pa. He was a World War II and Korean War Navy veteran. When his father was developing the whooping cough vaccine in 1933, Bill and his brothers were test subjects and later received national media attention. He is survived by his wife Ester and one brother.
ELI GENE HARTMAN 50, Feb. 13, Pekin. He was a chemist for Hiram Walker & Sons for 40 years in Peoria and Fort Smith, Ark. Gene was an active member of Second Reformed Church. Three children, three grandsons, and two great-grandsons survive.
DEAN MURPHY 50 MS 52, March 16, 2009, Greenwood, Ind. He retired in 1977 as principal of the high school in Herscher, Ill. Previously he worked at Illinois schools in New Boston, Orion, and Marshall. Dean was a World War II Navy veteran. Surviving are three children, seven grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.
WILLIAM REGAN 50, Jan. 21, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. Bill worked for Joan of Arc Canning Co. for many years and in 1978 became executive vice president in Peoria. He also served as president of the National Canners Association. Bill was active in his church and was president of the school board in Hoopeston, Ill. Survivors include his wife Sue, three children, and six grandchildren.
CARROLL GREEN 51, March 8, East Peoria. He was a band and choral director at the grade school and high school levels. He also taught private organ and piano lessons, and was an instructor in Bradleys OLLI program. A church organist for 46 years, Carroll held a masters degree from the University of Illinois. He was an Air National Guard veteran. His daughter and three grandchildren survive.
WILLIAM R. BUD HULL 51, Feb. 17, Sun City West, Ariz. He retired in 1990 after a 36-year career at Caterpillar. Bill was a World War II Navy veteran. Survivors include his wife Nancy, two sons, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
LOUISE ROGERS WARGO 51, June 12, 2009, Joliet. She was a speech therapist in Peoria schools and then at the United Cerebral Palsy Center of Will County. Louise was active in her church and enjoyed presenting book reviews. Her husband George and two children survive.
JOHN REINHARDT 53, Dec. 24, 2009, Waukegan. An Army veteran, he taught at Manual High School before moving to Waukegan to teach. He also directed student plays at the high school, retiring in 1992. John acted professionally in Chicago and served on the boards of several theaters. His wife Ellen survives.
DAVID YOUNGMAN 53, March 29, Peoria. He was a contractor specializing in metal buildings. A Korean War Army veteran, he was involved in Masonic work. Survivors include his wife Sally, three sons, and five grandchildren.
ELDON THOMASON 55, Aug. 6, 2009, Los Altos, Calif. Eldon retired from the Aluminum Company of America. At Bradley he was president of Theta Chi. Survivors include his wife Linda, two children, and two grandsons.
JOHN R. PHELPS 56, Oct. 31, 2009, Groveland. An Army veteran, he worked at Caterpillar for 35 years. John was interested in genealogy. Survivors include his partner Stephen C. Wilson and his sister.
MARVIN LIKES 57, Jan. 22, Barry. He was a jeweler for four years and then became a professional land surveyor. He was an Army veteran. His wife Pat, two daughters, and four grandchildren survive.
JANET WHITE COTTER 59, Feb. 11, Lancaster, Ohio. She was an active volunteer with the Fairfield Heritage Association and the local hospital. Two sons and her granddaughter survive.
RALPH HENSON 59, Feb. 11, Bunkie, La. A member of numerous engineering organizations, Ralph was a design engineer for the Caterpillar 3500 engine built in Lafayette, Ind. He retired from Cat after 23 years of service. Ralph also was a pilot and enjoyed flying. His wife Maida and their daughter survive.
MARVIN KELLER 60, March 9, Warrenville. He was an insurance agent. Survivors include his wife Rebecca and his daughter.
LAWRENCE PELINI 60, Feb. 1, Litchfield. A self-employed commercial artist, he was inducted into the Society of Illustrators in 1973. He worked for Diamond Toy Co., Caterpillar, and State Farm. Larry was a member of Sigma Nu at Bradley. Surviving are his daughter, three grandchildren, a sister, and four brothers including LOUIS PELINI 60.
LEROY EDWARDS 62, Feb. 14, Waterloo, Ill. He had been an administrator at Washington High School. Earlier he taught and coached in Melvin. Lee played basketball and baseball at Bradley. Survivors include his wife Dorothy Jean, two daughters, and three grandchildren.
DAVID JACOBS 63, March 17, Naperville. He retired from the corporate office of Jewel Foods in 1999 after 33 years of service. Dave was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha at Bradley. His wife Sandra and two children survive.
ELLEN ANSORGE FRIESEN SCHMIDT 63, Feb. 18, St. Louis. A speech pathologist, Ellen owned and operated Professional Rehabilitation Center, and specialized in geriatric rehabilitation. Previously she worked in schools in Denver; Portland, Ore.; and St. Louis. Ellen held a masters degree from Fontbonne University. She was active in her church. Survivors include her husband Ed, three children, six grandchildren, a brother, and her sister JOYCE ANSORGE STUBER 61.
SAMUEL WRIGLEY 63 65, Feb. 22, Pekin. He was a safety engineer at Komatsu Mining Systems for 13 years, retiring in 2003. An avid golfer, he was a member of Sigma Nu. Survivors include his wife Phyllis, one son, and several stepgrandchildren.
LEONE LUKENS 65, Jan. 7, Davenport, Iowa. She was a teacher at Norwood Grade School in Peoria County. Survivors include her husband Donald, three children, six grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
JEFFREY HAWKINSON 68 MA 71, Feb. 26, Peoria. He worked in radio before joining WEEK-TV in 1975. From 1986 to 2002, Jeff worked in public relations for Caterpillar. He was the pronouncer for the local spelling bee for 24 years. Jeff founded the student news program, TV-10, at Illinois State University. Jeff was honored by the United Way and the Salvation Army. He was president of the Student Senate at Bradley. His wife Cathi, four children, and four grandchildren survive.
LYLE GILBERT, MEA 69, Jan. 15, Lima, Ohio. He was director of sales and marketing for MetoKote Corp. for 26 years, retiring in 2000. He was active in the Electrocoat Association, as well as his community. Survivors include his wife Judy, six children, and 11 grandchildren.
BARBARA MARIE LINK 69, March 19, La Crosse, Wis. Sister Barbara Marie was a high school teacher in Normal and Peoria for 29 years. She became a campus minister at the Newman Foundation at the University of Illinois, and last worked as a hospice chaplain in Brookfield, Wis. Her mother, two brothers, and two sisters survive.
F. MICHAEL STANIS JR. 69, Oct. 8, 2009, Louisville, Ky. He worked for Tube Turns and was the manager of Kohls Department Store. His wife Betsy, three children, his parents, and four grandchildren survive.
DEAN ULLMANN 69, Feb. 3, Pinetop, Ariz. He was a real estate broker and later became a home builder and an auto broker. Dean was active with the Oldsmobile Club of America. He was a Vietnam War Air Force veteran. Surviving are his wife Lynnette, two children, a stepson, and a grandson.
MARY ELLEN VAN ACKER 69, Jan. 18, East Peoria. She retired from teaching in 2006 after 37 years at Norwood Primary School, but continued to work at the school as a reading assistant. Survivors include her brother and her caregiver Gail Jacobs.
JOHN C. GIBSON 70 MSEE 72, April 6, Boerne, Texas. A pioneer in developing long distance switching systems at Bell Laboratories, John was an engineering fellow and represented AG Communications and Lucent Technologies. An Army veteran, he held a doctorate from Ohio State. Surviving are his wife JULIE WATT GIBSON 70, two daughters, and a granddaughter. Also surviving are his sister and brothers TERRY GIBSON 65 and BILL GIBSON 72.
JAMES SKOVRON 70, May 2, 2009, Exeter, N.H. Jim played baseball and was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon at Bradley. He was retired. His wife Hilary and two daughters survive.
PHYLLIS FINFGELD, MA 71, Feb. 1, Henry. She taught music and first grade in Henry for 25 years. Later she worked at M&D Printing. An active member of First Presbyterian Church, Phyllis sang in the choir for 30-plus years. Her husband Richard, two daughters, and two grandchildren survive.
DAVID CHRISTENSON 73, Aug. 12, 2009, Geneva. He operated a wood and metal patternmaking business. He enjoyed woodworking and his Harley, and was active in his church. David was a veteran. Survivors include his wife Barb, his mother, two children, a stepdaughter, and a grandson.
THOMAS MORGAN, MA 74, March 21, Rockford. A teacher in Rockford and Milwaukee, Tom became executive director of the Illinois Education Association from 1986 to 2007. In 2007 he took on the same role with MTEA, the teachers union in Milwaukee. Tom was very active in Rockford organizations and boards. His wife Jacki, two sons, and five grandchildren survive.
DIANE MOWBRAY RANDOLPH 74, Dec. 12, 2009, Royal Oak, Mich. Diane was an accountant.
TIMOTHY HARRIS 78, April 14, 2009, Western Springs. He was president of Nonnis Food Co. A member of Theta Xi and the BU swim team, Tim had been inducted into the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame. Surviving are his wife Sara and four children.
DIANE ENGELS RAY 86, March 19, Sumter, S.C. She was the manager of the All South Federal Credit Union. Diane served on the Parish Council. Her husband Michael and two sons survive.
MARC GIBSON 87, Feb. 6, Greenville, S.C. Marc was employed by Intrinergy LLC and held two patents. Survivors include his wife Lori and two sons.
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