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Obituaries

Michael Murer 1943-2018

Posted on May 11, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Michael Anton Murer, 74, of Homer Glen and Begur, Spain, died Monday, April 30, 2018. He was born September 3, 1943, in Joliet to Sergio Arthur and Helen Eileen (nee Bolos) Murer. 

He was a graduate of Purdue University and Georgetown University Law School. In his early career, Mr. Murer practiced law and served as a public defender. In 1985, he and his wife, Cherilyn, founded Murer Consultants, Inc., one of the nation's leading health care, regulatory, and management consulting firms, where he served as managing partner. They retired in January of 2017. 

Kenneth Meyers 1944-2018

Posted on May 11, 2018 by Rhys Saunders
Judge Kenneth Meyers

Judge Kenneth J. Meyers, 74, of Mount Vernon, Ill., died Saturday, April 14, 2018, at his home in Mount Vernon. He was born February 25, 1944, in Gary, Ind., to Charles J. and Luella (Krone) Meyers. 

He first married Susan Robbins on June 19, 1965, in Mattoon, Ill., and she preceded him in death on October 24, 2012. He later married Mindy E. (Bumpus) Koch on December 14, 2013, in Mount Vernon, and she survives.

Judge Meyers is survived by his wife, Mindy E. Meyers of Mount Vernon; daughter, Angela Kniery and husband, Dr. Paul Kniery of Bowling Green, Ky.; son, Greg Meyers of Edwardsville, Ill.; five grandchildren, Sam Kniery, Joe Kniery, Bridget Kniery, Alex Meyers, and Evan Meyers; stepsons, Kraig Koch and wife, Ashley of Chicago, Ill. and Brian Edward “Ed” Koch of Saint Louis, Mo.; brothers, Terry Meyers and wife, Darla of Kankakee, Ill. and Bill Meyers and wife, Carolyn of North Carolina; sister, Betty Logan of Effingham, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.

Jonathan G. Bunge 1936-2018

Posted on May 11, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Jonathan G. Bunge, 81, died April 10, 2018. He was born October 20, 1936, is La Crosse, Wis.

In 1954, he matriculated at Princeton University where he studied at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy, socialized as member of the Tiger Inn dining club, and served as an editor of the Daily Princetonian.

After graduating with honors from Princeton, Jon moved on to Harvard Law School. He married Trudy (nee Shoemaker) in 1961. After graduating with honors from law school, Jon was drafted and served in the U.S. Army. 

Julian Berman 1921-2018

Posted on May 11, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Julian Berman, 96, died Thursday, April 19, 2018, at his home in Glenco, Ill. He was born on August 26, 1921, in Milwaukee, Wis., to parents Ezra and Francis (Heyman) Berman. 

Following his graduation from the University of Wisconsin, he enrolled in the Navy's Officer Candidate School in 1943. As a lieutenant, he served on the destroyer USS Conner, which saw action in several major invasions in the Pacific theater. After the war, he received a law degree from the University of Wisconsin under the G.I. Bill. 

Charles Douglas 1950-2018

Posted on May 11, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Charles Raymond Douglas, 67, of Granite City, Ill., passed away on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at Cedarhurst of Edwardsville.

Charles was born on August 4, 1950 in Granite City. He was an area attorney and ran his own law office, Charles Douglas Law Office, in Granite City and Glen Carbon. Charles was an avid photographer, with photographs published in the diving magazine, The Skin Diver. Charles loved nature and the outdoors, walking and swimming, and he enjoyed traveling. He will be remembered for the love of his family and all the special times they shared together.

Eric Vickers 1953-2018

Posted on May 11, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Eric Vickers, 65, died Friday, April 13, 2018. He was buried the following day in a traditional Muslim service. 

Vickers found a penchant early for social justice when his family moved to University City and participated in a successful student sit-in that led to more teachers of color hired in the district. 

Arthur "Art" Powers 1939-2018

Posted on May 11, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Arthur F. "Art" Powers, Jr, 78, of Decatur, passed away Friday, April 20, 2018, in Sullivan Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Sullivan, IL. 

Art was born October 18, 1939, the son of Arthur F. and Opal Imogene (Clemons) Powers. A U.S. Navy veteran and member of Ss. James and Patrick Parish, Judge Powers served his country proudly aboard the U.S.S. Saratoga. He liked flying, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren. Art married Carolyn J. Edwards August 17, 1968, in Centralia. 

W. Loren Thomson 1931-2018

Posted on May 11, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

W. Loren Thomson, 86, of Bloomington, died Friday, April 13, 2018, at Sugar Creek Assisted Living Center under hospice care of VITAS. 

Loren was born July 6, 1931, in Bloomington, the son of James L. and Virginia M. (Johnson) Thomson. Loren married Judith Johnston on Dec. 26, 1974, in Greeley, Colo.

Mercedes Luque-Rosales 1962-2018

Posted on May 11, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Mercedes Luque-Rosales, 56, died Sunday, April 15, 2018, in Chicago. 

The daughter of the late Luis and Evangeliana (nee Cuentras) Luque-Rosales, Mercedes was born February 4, 1962. She attended Lowell grade school in Humboldt Park and Alvernia High School. She later attended Loyal University and won a full scholarship to Creighton University School of Law, graduating at the top of her class.

Richard S. Ratcliff 1931-2018

Posted on May 11, 2018 by Rhys Saunders
Richard S. Ratcliff

Richard S. Ratcliff, 86, died Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Holland, Mich. 

A native of Oak Park and River Forest, Dick graduated from Oak Park High in 1948. In high school he developed his love of language and writing, and excelled in athletic activity, winning an award his senior year for best defensive guard in Cook County. He attended University of Michigan on a football scholarship and stayed for seven years, earning a bachelor’s degree in economics and a law degree. 

Dick met Patty Cullen on spring break in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. They grew up three blocks from each other and were two years apart at Oak Park High School, but did not meet until Dick was in law school and Patty was teaching in Indianapolis. They married on April 14, 1956. 

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