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Obituaries

Anthony Raccuglia 1933-2019

Posted on May 21, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Anthony C. Raccuglia, 85, of La Salle, died May 18, 2019, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

He was born Sept. 4, 1933, in La Salle and grew up in La Salle-Peru, attending local parochial schools. Raccuglia excelled in athletics, receiving state honors in football, basketball, and baseball. Following high school, he turned down a number of baseball scholarships to sign a professional baseball contract with the Washington Senators (now the Minnesota Twins). He played on the Washington Senators’ High Farm Team systems until he was drafted by the U.S. Army during the Korean War in 1953. While serving, he also played baseball for the Army baseball team.

Hon. Charles Monroe May 1927-2019

Posted on May 21, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Hon. Charles Monroe May, judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, age 92, of Evanston.

Beloved husband of the late Julia Chavez May; loving father of Jennifer Lynn (Mark L.) Lund; dear uncle of Horace “Kris” Graves; loyal and loving friend of Katrina Butler.

David H. “Herk” Lucas 1938-2019

Posted on May 16, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

David H. "Herk" Lucas, 83, of Oakbrook Terrace, died after a long struggle with pulmonary fibrosis.

Beloved husband of 61 years to Virginia, nee Trainor; loving father of Cathy (Tom) Moore, David (Resureccion) Lucas Jr., Karen (David Chmelina) Lucas, Marty (Cathy) Lucas, Helen (Robert) Huette, Peter (Theresa) Lucas, and Stephen (Lillian Hogan) Lucas; devoted grandfather of Ryan, Katie, Allison, Kevin, Anastasia, David III, Tara, Alyssa, Micaela, Cormac, Virginia, Sarah, Robby, Christen, Anna, Karoline, Elizabeth, Audrey, Aoife, and Niamh; great-grandfather of Grace, Kaitlin, Maeve, Clara, Conor, Corinne, and Valerie; preceded in death by his parents, Ira J. Lucas and Helen Lucas, nee Brink, and siblings, Jack Lucas, Gerry Roche, and Francie Creevy; loving uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Dennis Sheehan 1944-2019

Posted on May 15, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Dennis Michael Sheehan, 75, of Pekin, died Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at Amy’s Country Manor in Pekin.

Born March 24, 1944 in Chicago to Matthew Francis and Nora A. (O’Grady) Sheehan, he married Lisa G. Adkins on July 13, 1985 in Pekin. She survives.

Also surviving are five children, Ellie (Andrew) Volz, Donnie (Jennifer) Schlottman, Matthew Sheehan, all of Pekin, Michael Sheehan of Grays Lake and Mollie Sheehan of Denver, Colorado; six grandchildren, Wesley, Lainey, Hunter, Miley, Daniel and Zoey; one brother, Terry (Gail) Sheehan of Lisle; his mother-in-law, Nadine Adkins of Pekin and three brothers-in-law, Michael (Mary Ann) Adkins of New Albany, Ohio, Tim (Denise) Adkins of Tremont and John (Ronda) Adkins of Pekin.  Dennis loved dogs and also leaves behind his beloved Joe.

Ralph Turner 1946-2019

Posted on May 15, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The youngest child of James B. and Katherine Eleanor (Witham) Turner, Ralph was born May 27, 1946, in Lincoln.

He is survived by three daughters, Christine (Eduardo Moreno), San Mateo, California; Ashley, Los Angeles, California; and Andrea (Steven Moffitt), New York, New York; two grandchildren, Hayden and Grayson Moffitt, with a third due in late May, and two stepgrandchildren, Eddie and Josue Moreno, Annapolis, Maryland. Others surviving are four sisters, Susan (Kenneth) Walden, McLean; Nancy (Roger, deceased) Miller, Polo; Ann Turner, Pekin; and Alice (Richard) Girdler, Shelby Township, Michigan; close friend, Martha Mitchell; his former wife, Karyn Pitts Turner; and many nieces and nephews and their children, all of whom he was immensely proud. He appreciated the great love of his family.

Donald P. Reynolds 1929-2019

Posted on May 14, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Donald Patterson Reynolds was born in Plattsburgh, New York, in 1929 to Thomas and Mary (Patterson) Reynolds. He grew up in Willsboro and Ossining, NY.

After his Navy service, he went to college on the G.I. Bill. He earned a bachelor’s in electrical engineering (1953) from Cornell University, a J.D. from Cornell Law School (1955), and a master’s of electrical engineering degree from Syracuse University (1964). Don taught electrical engineering for four years at University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He then moved to the Chicago area and became a patent attorney and educator.

Mark Elliott Barmak 1942-2019

Posted on May 14, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Mark E. Barmak, 77, died May 5 near his home in Encinitas, California.

Mark grew up in Lowell, Massachusetts, before attending Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston. He then went to University of Rhode Island to obtain his master's degree, followed by University of Connecticut to acquire his law degree. Mark eventually moved to Lake Bluff, where he was an attorney at Abbott Laboratories for many years, eventually becoming associate general counsel and a corporate officer, before retiring to southern California. In retirement, he served as a trustee on the board at Carthage College and was involved with other various charities.

Ralph Derango 1937-2019

Posted on April 30, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Ralph John Derango Jr., 81, of Swansea, died Tuesday, April 23, 2019, from complications related to heart surgery, at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

He was born on Aug. 12, 1937, in LaSalle. After graduating from LaSalle-Peru High School in 1955, he attended LaSalle Peru Junior College and the University of Illinois. He graduated at the top of his class from John Marshall Law School in Chicago in 1961. Shortly thereafter, he began practicing law in Belleville and continued practicing part-time until his death. He fought hard for his clients and never hesitated to help anyone who needed legal advice. In addition to his law practice, he worked briefly as an assistant state's attorney and an assistant public defender. He served for many years as school board attorney for Belleville Township District #201, O'Fallon District #203, Central District #104, Pontiac-William Holliday District #105, and High Mount District #116.

Philip Baker Benefiel 1923-2019

Posted on April 25, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Philip Baker Benefiel, 95, died Sunday, April 7, 2019, at home in Champaign.

Judge Benefiel was born June 25, 1923, in Lawrenceville, to Ross J. and Amanda Jane (nee Baker) Benefiel. He attended Lawrenceville public schools and the University of Illinois. During World War II, Philip served in the 667th Field Artillery Battalion at the Battle of the Bulge and the Rhine Crossing at Remagen. Upon his return to the University of Illinois after the war, Philip completed a bachelor’s degree in history, followed by a J.D. in law in 1948. Returning home to Lawrenceville, Philip was elected as state’s attorney of Lawrence County and served in that position from 1948-1952. At the time, Philip was the youngest Democrat in the U.S. to serve as state’s attorney, a post contested and won in an Illinois Supreme Court case due to his having been elected prior to successful completion of the bar exam.

Michael T. Haughan 1968-2019

Posted on April 16, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Michael T. "Mike" Haughan, 51, died Friday, April 12, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Jan. 12, 1968, in Oak Park, the only son of Robert and Joyce Haughan. Michael received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, followed by a law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law at IIT.

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