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Obituaries

Kenneth G. Boles Sr. 1950-2017

Posted on September 19, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Kenneth G. Boles Sr., age 67, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, August 15, 2017.

Kenneth is survived by his beloved wife of 39 years, Maria (nee Flores); daughters, Christian E. (Douglas Hawksworth) Boles and Laura M. Boles; grandchildren, Emma and Adhalia Boles-Hawksworth; brother, Garret (Charla) Boles; sister-in-law, Diana (the late Joseph III) Boles; numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by his son, Kenneth G. Boles Jr.; parents, Joseph and Shirley (nee Thompson) Boles; and brother, Joseph Boles III.

Kenneth was born and raised in Joliet, and graduated from Providence High School and from Boston University. He then went on to graduate from Lewis University College of Law, obtaining his J.D.. Kenneth retired as an attorney from Macon County in Decatur, IL. He was a member and past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Holy Trinity Council #4400 in Joliet. Kenneth will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Raymond Karl Schultz 1962-2017

Posted on September 19, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Raymond SchultzRaymond Karl Schultz, 54, of Swansea, Ill., passed away on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband of Susan, nee Sheppard, Schultz, and loving father of Raymond Kyle Schultz, Joseph Schultz and Danielle Schultz.

Raymond was born in Hoboken, New Jersey on November 6, 1962, and grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey and later in Topeka, Kansas. He was the son of Raymond T. Schultz and Dorothy Davenport, Step-Son of Walter Davenport; and son-in-law of William and Phyllis Sheppard.

Raymond received his  J.D. from Washburn University in 1988, and practiced employment law for approximately 30 years. 

He also leaves behind his sisters Dorothy Schultz and Mari Henson; his sisters-in-law, Jeannie (Gary) McFalls, Mary Peterson, Kristie (John) Moore, Elizabeth (Josh) LaRose; brothers-in-law, William (Jeanine) Sheppard Jr. and Michael (Melissa) Sheppard; 22 nieces and nephews; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends.
 

L. Stanton Dotson 1938-2017

Posted on September 19, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Stanton DotsonL. Stanton Dotson, age 79, of Charleston, succumbed to ALS at his home on August 8, 2017. Stanton was born in New Orleans, LA on April 27, 1938, the son of Charles W. and Adele Jahncke Dotson. He is survived by his wife, Nancy K. Dotson, children, and grandchildren.

Stanton graduated from the University of Illinois Champaign in May 1960 with a BA in Agricultural Law. While at the U of I, he was associated with the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, received two major awards for public service as a student, the MA-WAN-DA and SACHEM. He was a senior football manager for the Fighting Illini Football Team. He was a member of the Army ROTC. After graduation he served his active duty time as part of the ROTC Program and was stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso, TX. He continued service as a reservist reaching the rank of Captain. In 1961 he enrolled at Chicago Kent College of Law, graduating in 1964 and passing the bar exam in November 1964. He was hired as assistant state’s attorney by Ralph Glenn in Coles County Illinois in December 1964. In 1968 he was elected the state’s atorney and served until 1972 when he entered into private practice on Wabash Avenue in Mattoon where he remained as a sole practitioner until June 2014. He received recognition from the Illinois State Bar Association for fifty years in the practice of law in November 2014. His ALS diagnosis in January 2015 curtailed his activities, taking official retirement in January 2017.

David Brown 1926-2017

Posted on September 19, 2017 by Sara Anderson

David BrownDavid Emerson Brown, 91, was a long time Wilmette resident, and departed this earth surrounded by family August 10, 2017. He was known for his strong leadership, great athleticism, and his deep devotion to his family.

Emerson attended the U of I, where he oined Beta Theta Pi fraternity, in which he remained active all of his life, serving a national treasurer for many years. He joined Kemper Insurance as a CPA and later as an attorney with legislative affairs.

He was elected Republican State Central Committeeman for several terms, was treasurer of the Illinois Republican party and was head of the New Trier Republican Organization for over 30 years. He hosted dignitaries, including Presidents Regan and George H.W. Bush. He was active in the United Way, United Charities, Clearwater Camp, the Northwestern Settlement, and Trinity church.

Bart Mann 1957-2017

Posted on September 19, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Bart MannBart Mann, 60, died Thursday evening Aug. 24, 2017, at Herrin Hospital in Herrin. He was born April 2, 1957, in Du Quoin, to Kenneth B. and Mary Ruth (Sharp) Mann.

Bart was a well-known practicing attorney since July 1986 and a member of the Illinois State Bar Association.

He was a past master of Herrin’s Prairie Masonic Lodge 693; he revived and organized the Herrin Mayors Thanksgiving Day Dinner in 2001 and continued to serve the people of Herrin at the Thanksgiving Day dinner; He was also a member of Mensa Society; served on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity and also worked with Habitat for Humanity in both Herrin and Marion.

He was actively involved with the Dream Factory, a volunteer-driven not-for-profit organization that grants the dreams of children with critical or chronic illnesses.Surviving are a brother, Michael Mann of Blairsville; sister, Nancy McDonald of Herrin; nephew, Ryan B. McDonald of Herrin and a host of friends and clients thoughout the Southern Illinois region.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

James Williams 1928-2017

Posted on September 19, 2017 by Sara Anderson

James "Jim" Williams, 88, of Hinsdale, Illinois, passed away Friday August 18, 2017. James was born December 15, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois to Fred and Frances Williams. He graduated from St. Rita High School in 1946. He graduated DePaul University in 1951 with a J.D. He served in the United States Army stationed in Germany from 1951-1953. On January 6, 1962, he married Hannelore (Wehlus) in Chicago, Illinois.

James became an attorney in Illinois, working at Foote Cone Belding, and US Gypsum. He spent 21 years at American Bakeries as senior legal counsel and chief financial officer. He also worked for Doty and Jarrow and for Charles D. Spencer and Associates as he returned to business community after retirement.

James was a Knight of Columbus 3rd degree and enjoyed volunteering through his parish St. Isaac Jogues. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He often attended St. Rita High School reunions to visit with friends and classmates. He will be remembered by his devotion to his wife, family and community.

Rex L. Brown 1930-2017

Posted on September 14, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Rex L. Brown, 86, died on September 10, 2017. He was born on October 3, 1930 in Harvel, IL, the son of Loyd and Helen Sanders Brown. Rex is survived by his wife Marilyn M., with whom he enjoyed 67 years of blissful marriage and their 4 children: Bruce (Marilyn K.), Cynthia Zimdar (Bill), Britt (Laurie) and Brad (Michelle), 10 Grandchildren, 7 Great-Grandchildren, sister Sharon Rose Bright, and sister-in-law Sue Brown. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Max, sister Carole Ann and Step-mother Helen Martin Brown.

As a youth, Rex helped run his family grain farm, cattle ranch and Brown’s Grocery. They also ran a chicken production operation during WWII. Rex attended Knox College, graduated from Illinois State University and the University of Illinois Law School. While in college, he was a butcher, bartender, sports official, newspaper reporter, and photographer. Upon graduation from U of I Law School in 1957, Rex moved his family to Decatur to practice law. He was the senior partner at Brown, Hawkins & Basola, and had several distinguished lawyers in his firm throughout the years. He was loved by his thousands of clients, many of whom became friends.

Sheldon Reagan 1935-2017

Posted on August 31, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Sheldon ReaganSheldon "Ted" Wilson Reagan, 82, died peacefully at home with family at his side on June 30, 2017.

Born in Chicago, on Jan. 8, 1935, he was the son of Dr. Sheldon and Maryan Reagan (Bryan). He was the eldest of three children.

Sheldon grew up in Aroma Park, and there learned his lifelong love of hunting and fishing on the Kankakee River. He graduated from Kankakee Senior High School, where he played football and golf.

While attending the University of the South, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, Sheldon was drafted into the U.S. Army and stationed in Germany. Upon completion of his service, he returned to school and married Eleanor Woehrle in 1958. They raised two children, daughter, Susan, and son, Scott.

During that time, he graduated from John Marshall Law School in 1966 and was immediately appointed as a magistrate in the Third Judicial Circuit Court of Kankakee. After serving on the bench for two years, Sheldon resigned and opened a private law practice, which he maintained as the sole practitioner for 22 years.

In 1977, Sheldon married Barbara Kuester. In 1980, they together had a son, Ted Kuester Reagan. Sheldon and Barb remained happily married until her death in 2007.

In 1989, he was appointed to be an associate judge, and remained on the bench in Kankakee until 2001, at which time he and Barbara both retired and moved to Missoula, Mont.

James Bernard Sloan 1934-2017

Posted on August 31, 2017 by Sara Anderson

James Bernard SloanJames Bernard Sloan of Lake Forest passed away at age 82 in the comfort of his home surrounded by his loving family on the 50th anniversary of his marriage to Rose. Loving father of Matthew, Anthony (Courtney), Nora Joyce (Tim), Jimmy (Jenny) and Sean. From the west side of Chicago, fourth eldest of thirteen: Andrew, Betty, Mae, Maol, Theresa, Margaret, Ann, the late Ed, Tom, Jack, Kathleen, Philip. Grandfather to ten wonderful grandchildren.

James attended Mater Dolorosa Seminary, Loyola University Chicago, served in the U.S. Army, graduated Loyola Law School 1962, and served as Federal Prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's office in Chicago. Had a distinguished career as a class action antitrust trial lawyer for over 50 years.

Son of Irish immigrants, Barney and Sarah Anne, Jim maintained a close connection with his Irish ancestry. A major contributor to the Chicago Irish community, he helped establish Irish music schools in Chicago and County Down, Ireland, and served as president of the Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago. Golfer, historian, intellectual, larger than life figure, he will be remembered for his overwhelming spirit and strength, but mostly for those he helped. 

Nicholas Velasquez 1924-2017

Posted on August 31, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Nicholas VelasquezNicolas Velasquez, Sr, age 92, died at home Friday, August 4, 2017. 

Nicolas was born on December 23, 1924 in Cabana, Peru, South America the son of Augusto and Maria (Quinonez) Velasquez. He married Nelly Maravi on May 17, 1956 in Lima, Peru. Nicolaswas employed as an Attorney for 39 years retiring in 1989. He enjoyed reading and traveling with his wife Nelly and son Nicolas Jr. 

Survivors include, his wife, Nelly of Rock Falls; three daughters, Maria Rosalba (Ray) Larkey of Rock Falls, Janette (William) Kooy of Dixon and Jaqueline (Steven) Mendoza of Dixon; one son, Nicolas Velasquez, Jr. of Rock Falls; six grandchildren, Ray (Danielle O'Neal) Larkey, Jr., Kimberly (Brent) Martin, Jeffrey Larkey, Christopher Kooy, Steven and Michael Mendoza; four great grandchildren, Ben and Austin Larkey, Jonathan and Kensley Martin; siblings, Amado Velasquez, Justino Velasquez, Goya Valle and Jose Velasquez. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, Theodore Velasquez, Thomas Velasquez, Pedro Velasquez, Yolanda Velasquez and Augusto Velasquez. 

Private family graveside services will be held at Riverside Cemetery, Sterling. Arrangements were completed by the McDonald Funeral Home, Rock Falls.

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