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Lawrence "Bud" Hatch 1912-2011

Posted on July 28, 2011 by Chris Bonjean

Lawrence "Bud" HatchLawrence "Bud" Raymond Hatch passed away at 7 a.m. Monday (July 25, 2011) at Meadowbrook Health Center in Urbana.

A memorial service will be held in his honor at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at Clark Lindsey Village, 101 W. Windsor Road, Urbana. The Rev. Katherine Kussmaul and the Rev. Steven Shoemaker will officiate. There will be a Celebration of Life gathering at 5 p.m. at the Champaign Country Club.

Mr. Hatch was born Feb. 4, 1912, to parents Walter and May (Lawrence) Hatch.

After graduating from Urbana High School in 1930, Bud graduated from the University of Illinois College of Commerce in 1934 and received his degree from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1937.

Bud married Ellen Ainsworth on June 4, 1938, in Mason City, Ill. She preceded him in death on April 29, 1995.

Survivors include one son, William Hatch (Nancy) of Champaign; one daughter, Anne Collins (Norman) of Venice, Fla.; six grandchildren, Susan DiLeonardo (Frank) of Chicago, Lori Wildasin (Craig) of Venice, Fla., Cynthia Parker (Jason) of Michigan, Amy Lou Akin (Travis) of Champaign, Russell Hatch (Nicole) of Toronto, Canada, and Andrew Hatch (Laura) of Champaign; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Bud was preceded in death by his five siblings.

Mr. Hatch served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was stationed in the Pacific Theater and Pearl Harbor.

He practiced law for 74 years, first with H. I. Green Law Office and then with his own firm. He enjoyed his law practice with many partners and clients over the years.

Cornelius "Neal" Ducey Sr. 1919-2011

Posted on July 14, 2011 by Chris Bonjean
Cornelius "Neal" Thomas Ducey, Sr., 91, of Belleville, died June 28, 2011. Mr. Ducey practiced as an attorney for over 40 years in East St. Louis and Belleville. He graduated with an undergraduate degree and Summa Cum Laude Law Degree from the University of Notre Dame. World War II Army Air Corp veteran earning five Bronze Stars in the Pacific Arena, member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Our Lady's Prayer Group, American Bar Association, Knights of Columbus, VFW, and past president of St. Clair Country Club. He was preceded in death by wife, Marie Corinne Patout, nee Burguieres, Ducey; and parents, Cornelius Leo and Rose, nee Adelsberger, Ducey. Memorials may be made to the Blessed Sacrament Catholic School Endowment Fund. Condolences may be expressed online at  

David O. Rudd 1955-2011

Posted on July 14, 2011 by Chris Bonjean
David O. Rudd
David O. Rudd, 56, of Springfield on Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at Memorial Medical Center. He was born March 4, 1955 in Elmhurst, IL to John Owen and Pauline Lumina Pelletier Rudd and they preceded him in death. David lived in Springfield for the past 27 years. He received a BA in Political Science in May of 1977 from SIU Carbondale and a JD from SIUC School of Law in May of 1980. He was employed by Gallatin-River Communications as a Lobbyist and Attorney and formerly worked at the Illinois Commerce Commission. He was a member of the Island Bay Yacht Club, Illinois Telecommunications Association, Illinois Bar Association and was a Registered Lobbyist. He enjoyed sailing and boating, traveling and was a great cook. He married Gayla S. Smith on July 14, 1984 and she survives. Also surviving are two sisters-in-law, Kendra (Allen) Millard of Shelton, WA and Nancy (Mark) Heard of Sesser, IL; a brother-in-law, Ron Smith of West Frankfort, IL; mother-in-law, Eileen Smith of West Frankfort, IL; several nieces and nephews and his Bouvier, Kozmo. A Private Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Protective League.

Hon. Lois Arlene Bell 1961 - 2011

Posted on July 5, 2011 by Chris Bonjean

Judge Lois Bell
Lois Arlene Bell, 49, of Winchester, passed away Saturday afternoon, July 2, 2011, at her home. She was born July 4, 1961, in Savanna, the daughter of the late Roger W. and Grace Schaible Bell. Lois graduated from United Township High School in East Moline in 1979 and obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1982. She then attended the University of Illinois College of Law obtaining her Juris Doctorate in May 1985. She was admitted to practice law and engaged in private practice of law from 1985 until 2002 in Winchester, primarily as Bell & Mann Law Offices with Richard E. Mann. While in practice she represented many individuals, banks, municipalities and other districts. In November 2002, Lois was elected Resident Circuit Court Judge for Scott County, a position she continued to hold. As Judge she presided over cases in Scott, Greene, Morgan, Jersey, Macoupin and Sangamon Counties. She was a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, ABA and PAD, and was a supported of Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation. She attended Lake Presbyterian Church in Osage Beach, Mo. Lois enjoyed traveling, boating on the Illinois river and Lake of the Ozarks, golfing, swimming, cooking, photography, gardening, reading and computers.

Willam A. Barnett 1916-2011

Posted on June 29, 2011 by Chris Bonjean
Longtime Chicago defense attorney William A. Barnett has passed away after a battle with prostate cancer. He was 94. Barnett was a lifelong resident of Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood. He received his undergraduate and J.D. degrees from Loyola University Chicago. He enlisted in the in the military shortly after passing the bar in 1941. He served in the counterintelligence corps. Barnett first came to prominence in 1958 as the lead assistant U.S. attorney who prosecuted Chicago mobster Paul "The Waiter" Ricca for tax evasion. He moved on to defense work and won an acquittal for former Gov. William G. Stratton on tax evasion charges. He also played a lead role in the defense of former Illinois Attorney General William Scott in 1980.
"You couldn't ask for anything better in a lawyer than Bill Barnett," said Thomas P. Sullivan, the former U.S. attorney and current partner at Jenner & Block LLP. "He was a splendid lawyer and more importantly he was a splendid human being -- honorable, reliable, direct, forthright."

James Wham 1918-2011

Posted on June 14, 2011 by Chris Bonjean
James B. Wham
ISBA Laureate James B. "Jim" Wham, 92, died May 20, 2011, in Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was a trial lawyer, practicing his entire career at Wham and Wham Attorneys in Centralia. A Laureate of the ISBA Academy of Lawyers, Wham actually was the inspiration for establishment of the Academy. His rousing speech at the 1998 Annual Meeting in St. Louis, where he received the General Practice Section Tradition of Excellence Award, led Cheryl I. Niro to implement the Laureate program during her presidency the following year. He was a veteran in World War II. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis, and his daughters, Sarah Cary and Jennifer Price, and his brother, William B. Wham. Services have been held. Sign the online guestbook at

Michael J. Martin 1960-2011

Posted on June 14, 2011 by Chris Bonjean
Michael J. Martin
Michael J. Martin, age 51; beloved husband of Karen Martin, nee Cecka; loving father of Kevin Michael Martin, James K. Martin and John R. Martin; dear son of Kenneth J. and H. Jane Martin; cherished brother of Therese A. (Mark) Hansen and James E. (Peggy) Martin; fond uncle of many nieces and nephews. Visitation Thursday 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Funeral Friday 9:15 AM from Adams-Winterfield & Sullivan Funeral Home, 4343 Main St. (1 blk. S. of Ogden) Downers Grove to St. Mary of Gostyn Church. Mass 10:00 AM. Interment Private. Memorials to Chicago Youth Programs, 5350 S. Prairie Ave., Chicago, IL 60615 or are appreciated. More information at 630-968-1000 or

Charles W. Chapman 1942-2011

Posted on June 8, 2011 by Chris Bonjean
Charles W. Chapman
Former Madison County circuit judge and appellate court justice Charles W. Chapman passed away last month at his home in Edwardsville. He was a name partner in the law firm LakinChapman LLC in Wood River. Chapman served as Circuit Judge in the Third Judicial Circuit of Madison County from 1979 to 1988. He was elected in 1988 to the Appellate Court for the Fifth Judicial District, Mt. Vernon, Illinois and served until 2001.
Madison County Circuit Judge Andy Matoesian recalls when Chapman ran against him, but they still were close friends. "He was a hell of a nice guy. He was a good book man and a good trial lawyer," Matoesian said.
Chapman earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a doctor of jurisprudence from St. Louis University in 1967. He completed his coursework for a master's degree in economics in 1980 and a master of law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1992. Read the full obituary in the Alton Telegraph. Read the obituary by ISBA Member John J. Hopkins in the Madison St. Clair Record

Richard Manzella 1965-2011

Posted on June 7, 2011 by Chris Bonjean
Richard Manzella
Richard M. “Rich” Manzella, 45, Normal, passed away on June 2 at Heartland Health Care Center in Normal, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Born Oct. 6, 1965, in Chicago, he was the son of Richard and Cathy Manzella. He married Veronica Harcar on June 15, 1996, at St. Stephen’s Church, Streator. She survives in Normal. He is also survived by his children, Matthew and Jennifer Manzella, Normal; his mother, Cathy Manzella-Hensley, Joliet; sisters, Lorrie (Grady) Bourland, Plainfield, and Julie (Ward) McCloskey, Marseilles; a brother, Joe (Linda) Manzella, Escondido, Calif.; maternal grandmother, Loretta Koren, Bolingbrook; father and mother-in-law, Andrew R. and Maria Harcar, Streator; a sister-in-law, Theresa (Tim) Graves, Streator; a brother-in-law, Andy Harcar, Streator; nieces and nephews, Emma Graves, Kyle McCloskey, Karlee McClosky, Miranda Bourland and Cody Bourland; a great-niece, Taylor Bourland; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Manzella Sr.; stepfather, Paul Hensley Sr.; maternal grandfather, John Koren; paternal grandparents, Frank and Josephine Manzella; and an uncle, Frank Gluting. Rich was a 1984 graduate of Romeoville High School and a 1988 graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received a bachelor of science degree in psychology.

Christy S. Berkos 1926-2011

Posted on May 26, 2011 by Chris Bonjean
Judge Christy S. Berkos passed away on May 10th, 2011 at the age of 85. Berkos was  a WWII Navy Veteran, the former Town of Cicero Attorney, Town of Cicero President & Criminal Court Judge of Cook County. He was  the beloved husband of Rita nee, Peacock, loving father of Cindy (Joel) Erickson, Daniel (Julie), & Kimberly (John) Kinnas; dear grandfather of Shane (Tim) Drey & Eric Sanford; uncle of many nieces & nephews.