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Obituaries

Jon Allard Jr. 1964-2018

Posted on September 18, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Jon Allard Jr., 54, of Belleville, died Wednesday, September 12, 2018. He was born March 24, 1964, in Belleville. 

Jon was a loving father, husband, son, brother and friend to all. He was happiest when he was coaching his kids' sports teams, traveling with his wife, and going to live concerts. Helping others was core to who he was, which is evident with his 18 years of distinguished service as a prosecutor in the St. Clair County States' Attorney's Office. In his career, he was most proud of the time he served as the chief of administration and was the director of the States' Attorney's Crime Prevention Task Force. In later years, he worked as a lawyer for Kurowski Schultz LLC.

Daniel O'Day 1955-2018

Posted on September 17, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Dan O'Day, 63, of Peoria, died Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in the company of his wife and daughters.

Dan was born on June 14, 1955 in Dubuque, Iowa, to James and Cecelia (Hadacek) O'Day and moved to Peoria as a young child. During his teenage years, he worked at the A&W Root Beer stand, which gave him great stories to tell and friendships that lasted throughout his life. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Bradley University, he graduated magma cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1981. While in law school, he was selected as a member of the Law Review, received the Rickert Award for Excellence in Legal Writing, and was Order of the Coif. Throughout his career, Dan was recognized by several professional organizations for his excellence in legal writing and criminal and civil defense. Practicing law was more than his career; it was his passion.

Sandor Korein 1932-2018

Posted on September 13, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Sandor "Sandy" Korein, 86, died Sept. 9, 2018. Sandy was born May 5, 1932, in Zalaszengrote, Hungary, to parents, Ferenc and Katalyn Korein.

He grew up in East St. Louis and attended East St. Louis Sr. High School, Washington University, and Washington University, School of Law. 

Daniel Wills 1959-2018

Posted on September 12, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Daniel G. Wills, 59, of Chicago, has died. He was born March 3, 1959.

Loving father to Katie; former husband to Emily Wills; loved son to Sandra (the late Joseph) DeAndrea and the late Ralph; beloved brother to David (Nancy) and Todd (Teresa); dear uncle to Nicole (Chris) Berens, Amanda (Jake) Mohundro, Tommy, Michael, Nicholas and Tyler Wills; fond great-uncle to Emma Berens, Taylor Berens and Vincent Wills. 

Herbert Theisen 1940-2018

Posted on September 12, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Herbert J. Theisen, 78, of Lincolnwood, has died. 

He was an attorney in private practice for over 50 years and former chairman of the Lincolnwood Zoning Board of Appeals, having served over 30 years before retirement. 

Edwin Lee Wade 1932-2018

Posted on August 22, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Edwin Lee Wade, 86, died Friday, Aug. 17. He was born Jan. 26, 1932.

Edwin attended Columbia University and received his master's degree in international law from the University of Chicago. He was subsequently appointed vice consul in the State Department, where he met his wife, Nancy (Sells) Wade, also a vice consul. Under State Department rules at the time, Mrs. Wade was compelled to resign her position, whereupon Mr. Wade took a position in the private sector with Chrysler in Geneva, Switzerland. He returned to the U.S. in 1961 and worked as an intelligence analyst for the CIA from 1961 until 1965. After continuing legal studies at night, he received his law degree from Georgetown University, whereupon Edwin moved to the Chicago area and built a successful career as an attorney. He retired as corporate secretary for U.S. Gypsum Corporation in 1993.

Norman Just Fombelle 1936-2018

Posted on August 13, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Norman Just Fombelle, 82, died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018.

He was born Aug. 2, 1936, to Hubert and Lucille (Hayes) Fombelle in Decatur and raised on the family Centennial farm. He graduated from Argenta High School in 1954. On Aug. 6, 1955, he married Virginia “Ginger” Joy Montgomery. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in AgEcon in 1958, and from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1960.

Michael J. Cronin 1961-2018

Posted on August 10, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Michael J. Cronin, 57, died Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018. He was born Feb. 2, 1961.

Loving father of Ashley and Michael Cronin, and Juliette (Jason) McDaniel. Beloved son of Pauline and the late Jerry Cronin. Dear brother of Steve (Diana) Cronin, Dennis (Jennifer) Cronin, Carolyn (Patrick) McCormick, and Jeanine (Mike) Whealan. Fond "Uncle Mike" to Jamie, Scott, Kaylie, Zachary, Lucas, Kaitlyn, Matthew, Rachel, and Rebecca. 

William J. Knapp 1960-2018

Posted on August 7, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

William J. Knapp, 58, of Edwardsville, died Thursday, Aug. 2. He was born June 20, 1960.

He was an attorney with Knapp, Ohl, & Green in Edwardsville. He was the son of Jane (Johnston) Knapp and the late Bill L. Knapp. 

Thomas A. Tyler Jr. 1950-2018

Posted on July 30, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Thomas Arden Tyler Jr., 67, died Monday, July 23, 2018. He was born Oct. 3, 1950.

He is survived by his wife and high school sweetheart, Jacqueline (DiVecchio) Tyler; his two beloved sons, Zachary Thomas Tyler and Jacob Grant Tyler; his sisters-­in-­law, Janet DiVecchio and Judith (James) Ramsay; niece and nephews, Jamie (Ric Horejs) Ramsay, Jason (Julie) Ramsay, and David Frogge; and his faithful four­legged dachshunds, Loki, Kaiser and Heidi; and his cat, Moo­Moo.

He is also survived by one uncle, Richard (Dorothy) Tyler; and numerous cousins.

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