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William C. Butcher 1924-2009

Posted on December 2, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
William C. Butcher, formerly of Melrose Park, passed away on Nov. 28, 2009, at his home in Kent, Wash. Bill was born Jan. 30, 1924, in Rock Island. He married Velma Melton on Jan. 1, 1943, in Chicago. He served in the Army Air Corp in the South Pacific during WWII. He graduated from John Marshall Law School in 1953 and practiced law for 40 years. He enjoyed playing chess, and he loved the Lord. Having retired, Bill and Velma moved to Washington six years ago. Bill is survived by his brother, Ted, and sister, June; his daughter, Mary; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife and their daughter, Patricia. Burial will take place 9:00 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 5, 2009, at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Wash. Arrangements by Marlatt Funeral Home in Kent, Wash.

John D. Drew passes away

Posted on November 30, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Longtime attorney John D. Drew died recently at his home in Benton.
Drew began his career as an attorney in 1979, and was a member of the Franklin County Bar Association and the Illinois Bar Association. “Many people didn’t realize the pro bono work that John did,” Muir noted. “I’ve had a dozen people tell me over the last few days that John had handled things for them and didn’t charge them a dime.”
Read the full obituary in the Benton Evening News.

John F. McCabe passes away

Posted on November 17, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Attorney John F. McCabe died on October 24, 2009, at age 51 at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge after a long battle with cancer. John was a man of integrity and humility, who dedicated his life to his family and profession. John graduated in 1984 from Ohio State School of Law. He spent 15 years at the Will County State's Attorney's Office where he served for several years as Supervisor of the Felony Division and Chief of White Collar Crimes Unit. John obtained verdicts in over 50 felony criminal cases and had 14 1st degree murder convictions. Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow said "John had a brilliant mind, a heart-felt compassion for others, a great sense of humor and a gracious but masterful ability to read people. These qualities made him a phenomenal prosecutor and an incredible human being. He never complained about his personal travails, but he was always the first to step up to help others. I'm a much better person for having known John McCabe." Former colleagues described John as a "truly fine thinker who worked tirelessly to bring about justice," a "quiet giant of the law," "tough but compassionate," and an "excellent lawyer but an even better person," who was "honest and honorable." John was recently employed at Codilis and Associates where John practiced real estate law representing mortgage bankers. According to his law firm, John's reputation in this area was "unparalleled." He handled contested litigation and was responsible for Cook and Will County matters. He was well respected by judges, colleagues and support staff.

John Parkhurst 1920-2009

Posted on November 11, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
John Carlton Parkhurst "Parky", of Peoria, passed away last month in Peoria. Mr. Parkhurst graduated from Wabash College and served in the Army Air Forces from 1942-1945, earning the Bronze Star. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1948.
He will forever be remembered as the "Father of Home Rule," creating the powers of local government later used by the City of Peoria to finance the Peoria Civic Center. He also served as Assistant Illinois Attorney General in charge of pollution prosecution and consumer fraud from 1969-1972. He retired from politics undefeated and returned to Peoria to raise his family and pursue his legal career.
Click here to read the full obituary in the Peoria Journal Star.

Chief Justice Fitzgerald remembers Judge Suria

Posted on October 19, 2009 by Mark S. Mathewson

In the latest ISBA Bench and Bar Section newsletter, Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas R. Fitzgerald shared the following remembrance of Cook County Circuit Court Judge Fred G. Suria, who died last July (read his obituary in the Daily Herald).

"Judge Suria was a gentleman’s scholar and a good and valued friend. Of his 44 years on the bench, almost all of them were spent in Criminal Court at the 26th and California courthouse. Fred loved 26th street, both the place and the people. He loved his fellow judges, the lawyers, the court employees, the jurors and even the defendants who were treated just as respectfully as the others.

"He was called 'Fair Fred,' a name he had earned by the way he did business and performed his duties. He treated everyone with dignity. As one former juror who experienced his courtroom wrote after his death: Judge Suria imparted a sense of faith in the judicial system, and was the ideal ambassador for the criminal court system in Chicago.

"Judge Suria was born in Philadelphia to an Irish mother. His father was an eastern-European immigrant who came to America as a cabin boy. The family moved to Chicago when Fred was eight. He graduated from Morgan Park High School, served in the Marine Corps and, after World War II, used the GI bill to earn degrees from the University of Illinois and Loyola University School of Law.

Carl H. Stowe passes away

Posted on October 19, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Carl H. Stowe, of Greenville, passed away on Sept. 15 at the age of 89. Mr. Stowe served as the Bond County State's Attorney from 1956-1960, conducted a simultaneous private practice and thereafter taught in business and public schools. In 1981, he engaged in private practice with his son, Charl K. Stowe. He was an honorary member of the Illinois State Bar Association and in 2003 celebrated his 50th year as an attorney. Mr. Stowe served in England and France with the Army-Air Force during World War II and was an active supporter of veterans groups.

Edward J. Enichen 1929-2009

Posted on October 2, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Edward J. Enichen, 79, of Rockford died Sunday, Sept. 20, after a brief illness. Enichen was born Oct. 14, 1929 in Dixon, the son of Frederick and Louise (Mueller) Enichen. Enichen was an active attorney for nearly 55 years with the Rockford law firm of Guyer and Enichen, P.C. He was  a man who not only saw life as a cup full, but his cup was brimming over. His warm, joyful personality drew people to him like a magnet. He will always be remembered for his ready smile and easy laugh. He was a talented storyteller with a great sense of humor, who easily embellished a tale to make it funny. Besides his long legal career, Enichen gave service to many local community organizations. He was also connected to the land and loved spending time on his beloved farm in Durand and at his cabin on the pristine Brule River in Wisconsin. He loved hunting and fishing and the that camaraderie that came with it. There are many distinguished photos of Ed, but in the vast majority of his photographs, he is holding a fish. Survivors include his children, Peter Enichen of Boulder, Colo.; Jamie (Stephen) Malato and Julie Enichen, both of Chicago; the mother of his children, Alice Enichen; grandchildren, Grace and Samuel Malato and Ellie Enichen; special friend, Beverly O'Keefe; sister, Charlene Vaughn; and many nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the Natural Land Institute, 320 S. Third, Rockford, IL, 61104; Rockford Park District Foundation, 401 S. Main St., Rockford, IL, 61101 or the Rockford Symphony Orchestra Foundation, 711 N. Main, Rockford, IL, 61103. Visit the obituary on the Rockford Register Star

James Donnewald passes away

Posted on September 23, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Longtime ISBA member and former Illinois state treasurer James Donnewald passed away on Sept. 18 in St. Louis.
Mr. Donnewald attended St. Louis University and graduated from the old Lincoln College of Law in Springfield, Ill. He won his first elective office in 1948 as Carlyle Township supervisor. In 1960, he was elected to the first of two terms in the Illinois House. He was elected to the state Senate in 1964 and served for many years. He served as assistant Democratic leader and chairman of the Reapportionment Commission. In 1982, Adlai Stevenson III ran for governor and asked Mr. Donnewald to run for state treasurer. The top of the ticket lost, but Mr. Donnewald won. After serving one term, he was defeated in his re-election bid.
Click here to read the full obituary in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Jack Giannini passes away

Posted on September 14, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Longtime ISBA member Jack Giannini of Belleville passed away on Sept. 7.
An attorney at law having practiced in Belleville at 23 S. First Street, he initially associated with William D. Stiehl, Sr., a prominent local attorney who subsequently was elevated to the position of Federal District Court assigned to court in East St. Louis. For many years, Giannini was a single practitioner, and in 1992, he joined the law firm of a long time friend, William Enyart, on South Second Street in Belleville who subsequently became the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois.
Read the full Belleville News-Democrat story here.

Alvin Rosenbloom 1919-2009

Posted on September 9, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Longtime ISBA member Alvin Rosenbloom passed away on Sept. 1 after practicing law for over 50 years.
Alvin Rosenbloom was about loyalty and commitment -- to law, which he practiced for about 50 years, to his wife of nearly 60 years and to the men whose ships he rescued as a Navy captain in the Pacific during World War II. His courage earned him a Navy Cross and a Bronze Star, his son Barry said.
Read the full Chicago Tribune story.