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Charles Couri
Charles Couri
Charles Couri, 58, of Peoria passed away at 1:38 p.m. on Friday, December 19, 2014, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Charles was born on January 30, 1956, in Peoria to Anthony and Maureen (Williams) Couri. He married Jeni Abraham on July 15, 1984, in Peoria. She survives.

Also surviving is his mother of Brimfield; one son, Christopher of Peoria; one daughter, Allison, of Peoria; five brothers, Thomas (Angie) Couri of Washington, Dr. Gene (Gretta) Couri of Peoria, Anthony Jr. (Mary Beth) Couri of Decatur, Kenneth (Ilda) Couri of Maple Grove, Minn., and Michael (Theresa) Couri of Hamel, Minn.; two sisters, Mary (Gary) Burton of Pekin and Margaret (John) Zdanowski of Morton.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Charles graduated from Spalding Institute in 1974, received his B.S. in accounting from Illinois State University and received his Juris Doctorate from Southern Illinois University School of Law. Chuck was a partner in the law firm of Westervelt, Johnson, Nicoll & Keller, in Peoria. Chuck loved golf, cars and woodworking.

He was a member of St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Church in Peoria.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, December 22,2014, at his church, with Chorbishop Faouzi Elia and Father Bechara Awada officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, December 21, 2014, at St. Sharbel Church, with Rosary scripture services at 8:00 p.m. An additional visitation will be one hour prior to the Mass at the church. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in West Peoria following Mass.

Tony Sunderman
Tony Sunderman
William A. Sunderman, age 68 of Charleston, passed away at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center on Thursday, December 25, 2014.

Tony was born January 24, 1946 in Charleston, a son of the late William J. and Norma J. (King) Sunderman. On April 12, 1975, he married Judith Williams, the love of his life. In addition to his wife Judy, Tony is survived by two children, William R. Sunderman of Chicago and Emily Sunderman of Portland, Oregon; a brother, James M. Sunderman of Centralia, Illinois; two sisters, Amanda J. Bell and husband Steve of Champaign, Illinois and Monica J. Sunderman of West Hartford, Connecticut; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Robbie Sunderman.

Tony was a Charleston High School graduate and furthered his education at Eastern Illinois University, receiving his B.S. in 1968 with highest honors; his J.D. in 1972 from the University of Illinois; and was a graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. He was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1972; the U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois; and the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois. He was currently a legal partner at the Brainard Law Office and has spent the past 42 years practicing law in Charleston.

James C. Craven
James C. Craven
James C. Craven, 89, of Bellingham, Washington, died early Monday morning, January 12, 2015, in Seattle, Washington, following complications from surgery.

Jim was born August 7, 1925, in Greenfield Tennessee, the son of Arlie and Addie Craven.  The family moved to Chicago in the 1930’s, and Jim graduated from Lakeview High School. He graduated from the University of Illinois, and the University of Illinois Law School, after serving in the Army during and after WWII.

Jim married Gloria Pheney in November 1951, and they started a family in Springfield, Illinois.  Jim and Gloria moved to Ashland, Oregon in 1999, and then to Bellingham, Washington in 2010. He is survived by his wife Gloria at home in Bellingham, along with their four children, William (Terri Tork) of Sacramento CA; Nancy (Jim Claypool) of Portland OR; Don (Denise) of Springfield IL; and Rebecca (Scott Linneman) of Bellingham WA, as well as grandchildren Joseph and David Craven, Anna and Meg Claypool and Charles and Dorothy Linneman.

Jeffrey Baron
Jeffrey Baron
Bailey & Glasser LLP is pleased to announce that Springfield attorney Jeffrey Baron has been elected partners in the firm, effective January 1, 2015.

Baron is a partner in the firm’s Springfield, Illinois office.Jeff focuses his practice in commercial litigation involving energy-related matters and business disputes. Jeff has represented individuals and corporations through all stages of the litigation process and has successfully handled trials, administrative proceedings, arbitrations, and appeals in a variety of areas, including energy and natural resources, construction, real estate, and business litigation. Jeff also advises clients on transactional and regulatory matters affecting their businesses, and has represented individuals and corporations in class action litigation. Before joining the firm in 2009, Jeff was an attorney with Husch Blackwell LLP, in St. Louis, where he concentrated his practice in commercial litigation involving securities, construction, and real estate litigation. Jeff received his B.A. from University of Missouri, St. Louis, magna cum laude, and his J.D. from University of Illinois College of Law, cum laude.

John Surman
John Surman
John Kenneth Surman, 70, passed away Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, at St. John’s Hospice.

He was born in Carlinville, IL on March 25, 1944, to William Kenneth and Virginia (Burr) Surman. He married Donna Jean Grant on Sept. 2, 1967 at Carlinville Methodist Church.

John was an Eagle Scout and a 1962 graduate of Carlinville High School. He attended Blackburn College and received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois Law School. John worked for Horsley Law Firm for 5 years and was part-time counsel for the State of IL Department of Agriculture for two years. He later opened Lott and Surman, P.C. and practiced for 40 years. He was the attorney for Curran Township and a member of the American Bar Association and Illinois State Bar Association. John was a member of the Island Bay Yacht Club for 40 years. He was a member of First United Methodist Church where he was a teacher and member of the TLC class for 33 years. Throughout his life he served on numerous boards and committees. In all areas of his life, he reflected the love of his Lord, Jesus Christ and brought glory to Him.

John is survived by his wife, Donna; daughters, Elizabeth Anne (significant other, Doug Bagg) of Springfield and Catherine Jane (Dan) McCoy of Chicago; 2 grandsons, Ralph Jonathan and Andrew William McCoy; sister, Linda Bailey of Port Charlotte, FL; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins, including Judith (Richard) Lott of Springfield.

Michael J. Tardy, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced Monday that the Sixth Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Phoebe S. Bowers as an associate judge of the Sixth Judicial Circuit.

Ms. Bowers received her undergraduate degree in 2000 from Millikin University in Decatur and her Juris Doctor in 2003 from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Ms. Bowers is currently affiliated with Fuller, Quigg & Bowers in Decatur.

Robert "Bob" Thomson Jr.
Robert "Bob" Thomson Jr.
Robert Bruce "Bob" Thomson Jr., 75, of Ashland, Ill., died Friday, Nov. 29, 2014, at St. John's Hospice in Springfield, Ill.

He was born Dec. 7, 1938, in Jacksonville, Ill., the son of Attorney Robert Bruce Sr. and Isabel Jane Ballow Thomson.

He is survived by four daughters and two sons: Elizabeth (Peter) Cappas of Elgin, Ill., Kathryn (Christopher Lu) Thomson of Arlington, Va., Sarah (Will) Palmer of Landsdowne, Va., Rachel Gray of Memphis, Tenn., Robert Bruce (Erin) Thomson III of Arlington, Va., and Charles Andrew Bowman Thomson of Naples, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and special friend and fiancée, Cynthia Gutmann of Ashland.

He was preceded in death by a daughter at birth, Rebecca Bently Thomson; sister, Marilyn Jane Thomson; and brother, William Lloyd Thomson.

Mr. Thomson graduated from Illinois College in three years, and then obtained his law degree from University of Illinois. He was a practicing attorney for over 50 years, first at Thomson & Thomson, then Robert B. Thomson Law Firm in 1974 followed by Thomson & Strawn for five years. He then had his own practice before being joined by Charles "Chuck" McNeely, and most recently he again had his own practice.

The Illinois Supreme Court announced Monday that Jodi Melinda Hoos has been appointed Resident Circuit Judge of Peoria County, 10th Judicial Circuit. This vacancy was created by the retirement of the Hon. Michael E. Brandt. it is effective Dec. 29, 2014 and terminates on Dec. 5, 2016.

Eighteen extraordinary Illinois judges and lawyers who have practiced law for at least 50 years will be honored by the Profession of Leadership Foundation at a dinner on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel & Conference Center, 701 E. Adams St., in Springfield.

Chief Justice Rita B. Garman of the Supreme Court of Illinois has begun an application process for an at-large Circuit Court vacancy in the Seventh Judicial Circuit.

The vacancy is created by the retirement of Judge Patrick J. Londrigan on December 8, 2014. Judge Londrigan has been a Circuit Judge in the Seventh Circuit since 2004.