John E. Juergensmeyer
Longtime Elgin attorney John E. Juergensmeyer
, who was killed in a small plane crash Sunday night near Plano, was remembered as an energetic man with a passion for social causes.
Juergensmeyer, 80, who had a pilot's license for about 35 years, was flying a small plane while coming back from visiting his older brother at a nursing home in Carlinville, Illinois, his widow, Betty Juergensmeyer said.
The twin-engine turbo prop passenger plane crashed at about 9:45 p.m. in an open field at 15900 Griswold Springs Road in Kendall County, about 60 miles southwest of Chicago, the Illinois State Police said. Juergensmeyer was part owner of the plane, his wife said.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash. ABC 7 reported a helicopter with night vision found the plane in a cornfield.
An autopsy will be conducted Tuesday, the Kendall County coroner's office said.
Juergensmeyer made the 90-minute trip to visit his brother about once a month, his widow said.
Her husband was passionate about his family and about Wesley United Methodist Church, she said.
The couple, married for 51 years, have two daughters, Margaret and Frances. They met when he was in law school and she was in graduate school, Betty Juergensmeyer said.
"He was type A," she said. "Very energetic. Very driven. Outgoing and passionate."