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Harold Culley
Harold Culley
Harold B. Culley, Jr. passed away on Friday, July 26, 2013, at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion, Illinois. He was born February 26, 1930, at the Lightner Hospital in Harrisburg, Illinois. He resided in Raleigh, Illinois.

He is survived by his wife Kitty Culley, his children David Culley, Mary Murphy, Linda Kotner, and John Culley, as well as step-children Tina Kuppart, Jo Nipper, and Britt Partain. 16 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. 2 half-brothers Roby Culley and George Culley.

After graduating from West Frankfort High School in 1947, Harold attended Clemson University where he graduated with a degree in engineering textiles. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army where he was commissioned as a 1st Lt. During his military service he was a paratrooper jump instructor. Upon leaving the Armed Services he attended Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where he received his law degree in February, 1958.

Harold was admitted as a member of the Illinois Bar in May, 1958, and admitted as a member of the Georgia Bar in July, 1967. He was admitted to practice before the Appellate and Supreme Courts of Illinois, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Illinois, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit as well as the United States Supreme Court.

Retired Judge John W. Day, 94, went to his eternal reward at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at his family home. He was assisted by the Last Rites of the Catholic Church.

He was born in Hamburg, Ill., Calhoun County, on Jan. 6, 1919, the son of former Calhoun Judge, John Day and Addie (Fowler) Day.

On May 8, 1942, he married Wannie L. Bell who survives. They were engaged and married while he was stationed at the USMC Base at Nilan, Calif., for artillery school.  He graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in Illinois, Culver Stockton College in Missouri, and after World War II, received his Doctor of Juris Prudence from Washington University in St. Louis, with the help of the GI Bill.  He worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in Jacksonville, Ill. and before the start of World War II joined the United States Marine Corps. He participated in action against the enemy during the Battle of Midway, and was involved in the occupation and defense of Tinian and the Marianas Island Group.  He always stated that the best time of his life was when he was in the Corps.  Had he not been married, he maintained that he would have made a career of it.  He received his Honorable Discharge on Sept. 17, 1945, as a Sergeant and by the Grace of God returned home safely to Hardin, Ill., two days later on the 19th.

William E. Good died unexpectedly in Scottsdale, Arizona, on July 17. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, on October 16, 1930 to James and Marion Good.

His formative years were spent in Downers Grove, Illinois, with his brothers Bob, Tom and Ralph and his little sister Sarah. He engaged in the normal adventures of a young man growing up in the '30s and '40s and when he came of age, he served his country as a Military Policeman (MP) and in the Judge Advocate Division in Okinawa, Japan.

He matriculated at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, earning his undergraduate and law degrees and meeting his future bride of 58 years, Marlene (nee McGrath).

His law career was robust and varied. During his corporate law career he represented American Home Products, Ekco Products, and later served as General Counsel for Brach Candy in Chicago. Additionally, he spent 20 years serving the citizens of Arizona as an administrative law judge.

John W. "Jack" Leskera
John W. "Jack" Leskera

John W. "Jack" Leskera, of Collinsville, IL, passed away on July 26, 2013 at his home.

Jack was born on June 19, 1931. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Verna Leskera. Jack is survived by three children Karen Leskera (David Williams) of Belleville, Elizabeth Going (David) of St. Louis, and John H. Leskera (Jay) (Lillian) of Edwardsville, eight grandchildren, and his dog Merlot.

Jack graduated from Collinsville High School in 1949 and was a member of the Kahok basketball and tennis teams. He attended the University of Illinois graduating with honors and receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1953 and a law degree in 1955. Jack served as varsity manager of the Illini Basketball team in 1954. Jack remained loyal to Illinois by donating to the School of Law and the athletic department through the Varsity I Club. At Illinois he met his wife, Adele Haven, whom he married on February 5, 1955 in Lake Forest, IL.

Robert E. Manning Jr.
Robert E. Manning Jr.
Retired judge Robert E. Manning, Jr., 81, of Peoria, passed away on Monday, July 22, 2013, peacefully at his residence with his family by his side.

He was born November 16, 1931, in Peoria to Robert E. and Catherine Irene (Gorman) Manning. He married Lois M. Wilson in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, on April 25, 1953. She died March 15, 2000. He married Rosemary Donnelly Crowley on March 24, 2001. She survives him.

Also surviving are seven children, Michael Manning of Dahlonega, GA, Lauren (Tom) Donlan of Aurora, IL, Linda Manning of Peoria, Angela (Dan) Aeschliman of Dunlap, Robert (Kristen) Manning, James Manning, and Paul (Katie) Manning all of Peoria; eighteen grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Also surviving are five step-children, Karen (Bob ) Metzinger of Dunlap, Debi (John) Redington of Dunlap, James (Gail) Crowley of Elmhurst, William III (Laura) Crowley of Peoria, and John (Chris) Crowley of Peoria, as well as, thirteen step-grandchildren and two great-step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Paul; and a sister, Sharon O’Shaughnessy.

A 1949 graduate of Spalding Institute, he captained the football, basketball, and baseball teams during his senior year. He was selected as an All-City quarterback in 1948. He attended the University of Notre Dame and lettered in varsity baseball. He graduated from Bradley University in 1953, where he also lettered in varsity baseball.

LeAnna Grimsley
LeAnna Grimsley
LeAnna (Early) Karnopp Grimsley, 61, formerly of Peoria and Morton, passed away Sunday, July 7, 2013, in Simi Valley, Calif.

Her loving husband, Gary LaPook, survives.

She was born on Sept. 13, 1951, to David and Kathleen (Bosecker) Early. She was preceded in death by her mother.

Her sister, Janice Robertson, and her father and his wife, Juli, live in Salt Lake City, Utah.

LeAnna was first married to Richard Karnopp and had one child, Carrie Karnopp Driscoll (Kevin). She was married to her second husband, Gregg Grimsley, in 1998. He preceded her in death in 2004. She has two granddaughters, Eloise and Agatha.

She taught science at Central Junior High School in East Peoria for five years before attending the University of Illinois College of Law, graduating in 1986. She was an attorney at Vonachen, Lawless, Trager & Slevin for a number of years, later forming her own law firm, Grimsley & Grimsley, with her husband Gregg.

Known for her sharp wit and intelligence, LeAnna was nearly impossible to beat in Trivial Pursuit, a favorite game among her family and friends. LeAnna loved to travel and enjoyed many wonderful trips, vacationing in Europe, St. Martin, Egypt, Hawaii and Tahiti, among many other destinations. She and her husband Gary recently spent two summers in Paris.

Linscott Hanson
Linscott Hanson
Linscott R. Hanson, 75, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Michigan City, IN. He was born Oct. 4, 1937 in Evanston, IL, was a former resident of Glenview, Mundelein and Barrington, living in Green Oaks for the past 16 years.

Lin was a graduate of the University of Michigan, both undergraduate and law school (l96l). He was a senior partner with the firm DiMonte & Lizak, LLC in Park Ridge and practiced in the areas of corporate law and estate planning for over 50 years. Lin was one of the drafters of both the Business Corporation Act and Limited Liability Act. He was a 20 year member and past chairman of the Secretary of State’s Business Laws Advisory Committee. He chaired the Committee on Shareholders Alternative Remedies and the Illinois State Bar Association Section on Business Advice and Financial Planning.

Lin had published books on corporation law and limited liability companies, and was a frequent lecturer and author on family owned businesses, estate planning and related topics. He co-authored the IL Corporation System, the IL Limited Liability System, the IL Forms System and penned the law, Pet Trusts in IL. He was a member of the Glenview New Church, and was a proud brother and member of Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity “DKE” and past president and board member of the International Rampant Lion Foundation.

Surviving are his wife Mary Cate Hanson and their son Linscott II, “Scott” Hanson.

Gilbert Gordon
Gilbert Gordon
Gilbert W. Gordon, age 64, Beloved husband of Bobbie, nee Rosenthaler. Cherished father of Richard (Jessica) and Jamie (Joost) Maier. Devoted grandfather of Molly and Charlie. Dear brother of the Hon. Robert (Marilyn) and Barry (Janice) Gordon. Fond brother in law of Susie and Howard Schwartz. Dear uncle and great-uncle to many.

Gordon was a partner of Gordon Rappold & Miller LLC in Chicago. He was best known for winning a consumer-rights case against United Airlines on behalf of members of the airline's frequent flyer program. He argued the case before the U.S. Supreme Court and it eventually settled for more than $100 million.

Services will be Tuesday, July 23 at 10:30 a.m. at Congregation Solel, 1301 Clavey Rd., Highland Park. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery-Skokie. Contributions to Loyola University School of Law, Gilbert W. Gordon Scholarship Fund, 25 E. Pearson #1216, Chicago, IL 60611 would be appreciated.

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Larry Mills
Larry Mills
Larry Mills, 58, of Danville, passed away on July 5, 2013, in Urbana.

He was born on Jan. 17, 1955, in Elgin, the son of Robert C. and Betty (Sholes) Mills.

Surviving him are his father, Robert; brother, Steve Mills of Lombard; sister, Cathy Yant of Westmont; nieces, Samantha Piper of Aurora and Jamie (Scott) Burpo of Tennessee; nephews, Levi (Kirsten) Yant of Boston, Mass., Jim (Kim) Mills of Tennessee and Jason (Natalie) Mills of Tennessee; special friends, Jan Keeler, Sue Woods, Lynda Morgan and Frank Young, all from Danville; and several great-nieces and nephews.

Larry was preceded in death by his mother; and first wife, Ann Mills.

Larry loved books and was a member of two book clubs. He had a passion for movies and the theater, traveling yearly to Stratford, Ontario, for a Shakespeare festival. He loved to cook, very much enjoyed long leisurely meals with friends and to share a glass of wine with good friends. He will be missed by all of them.

Larry enjoyed a long legal career, both as a prosecuting attorney in the Vermilion County State’s Attorney’s Office and more recently opening his own private law practice. Larry was jokingly known as a “walking law encyclopedia” and was always happy to answer questions from both prosecutors and defense attorneys. Larry was a member of the David Palmer Civic Center Board and was currently serving on the Vermilion County Board.

Memorials can be made in Larry’s name to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Elroy "Sandy" Sandquist III
Elroy "Sandy" Sandquist III
Elroy "Sandy" C. Sandquist III was born October 19, 1953 in Chicago to the late Elroy and Sally, nee Dunham, Sandquist. He went home to the Lord after a brief illness, on Saturday, July 6, 2013 in the loving arms of his wife and daughters, surrounded by family and dear friends. 

Sandy was the beloved husband of Colleen Sandquist, nee Molohon, and dear father to Kylen and Kara Sandquist; He is also survived by his siblings, Deirdre, Ellen, and Peter Sandquist; his parents-in-law Patrick and Peggy Molohon; his sisters-in-law Carolyn (Frank) Schiefelbein, Cathy (Joe) D'Alessandro and Courtney (Dennis) Bond; dear uncle to many; and countless friends whose lives he touched in many ways throughout his life. 

Sandy was a proud graduate of Francis W. Parker School, Brown University, and Northwestern University School of Law. In addition to his law practice, Sandy graced the stage as a musician, songwriter, actor, and most recently the founder of the Fremont Street Theater Company, a 501(C) 3 organization. He was an active member of Holy Family Parish in Inverness where his beautiful, rich voice brought inspiration to all.

Interment St. Michael the Archangel, Palatine, IL. Sandy's dream was to further the arts for children and the community. In lieu of flowers and in support of Sandy's love of the arts, donations can be made to the Fremont Street Theater Company, 800 E. NW Hwy, Ste. 960, Palatine, IL 60067. (Better yet, come see his next show "The Drowsy Chaperone" in August at Cutting Hall in Palatine.) As Sandy would say, "The show must go on!"