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Robert Douglas
Robert Douglas
The Crawford County legal community is mourning the death of long-time Robinson attorney Robert Douglas.

Douglas died early Tuesday at Crawford Memorial Hospital. The Oblong native was 77.

Retired Circuit Judge David Correll, who started his legal career with Douglas' firm in 1974, remembered Douglas as tough and fearless.

"You would never feel Bob was intimidated by any individual or any situation," Correll said. "He wasn't afraid of public feedback and didn't shy away from what might be categorized as negative public opinion."

"Nobody fought harder for a client than Bob Douglas," Mattoon attorney Fred Johnson said.

"He was well-respected through out the legal community and remembered for his zealous advocacy for his clients in and out of the courtroom," Crawford County Associate Judge Mark Shaner said.

"Even though he tried some extremely controversial cases, he believed in fighting for the law," Marie Douglas, his wife of 54 years, added. "He truly, truly loved the law."

"Bob and I spent decades sharing the same mistress - the law," Robinson attorney Mark Weber said.

"He was my toughest and most ethical opponent for more than 50 years," Weber added, saying he and all members of the bar were in mourning. "My condolences to his spouse and my friend, Marie, and to Clint, his son."

"I've known Bob for over 25 years and have always had the deepest respect for him," Crawford County Circuit Clerk Angela Reinoehl said. "My condolences to his family."

Edward Hugh Rawles
Edward Hugh Rawles
Edward Hugh Rawles of White Heath passed away suddenly from an aortic aneurysm on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, surrounded by loved ones. He was 69.

An accomplished attorney, he successfully advocated for his clients across a wide range of legal issues. Raised in Champaign, he attended St. Mary's and Holy Cross schools and was in the Class of '63 at Champaign Senior High. Ed was an alum of the University of Illinois, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta, and received his law degree from Chicago Kent, where he was valedictorian.

He is survived by his daughters, Lee Rawles and Jacklyn Dixon; and son-in-law Justin Dixon, who will always cherish the devotion he showed to them.

He was a man who threw himself into many interests and hobbies, including scuba diving, photography, golf, hunting, fishing, gymnastics, model building, tennis, cycling and racing cars. Ed was a founding member of the Falling Illini skydiving club. He had a deep love of nature and the outdoors, and particularly enjoyed his work as a master gardener with the UI Extension.

He was very involved in many professional organizations, including the Champaign County Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. He was a member of Champaign Rotary West for many years.

William R. Ketcham, age 84, of Oak Park, formerly of Dundee, IL; passed away on Oct. 17, 2014. He was born in Oak Park on April 29, 1930.

Mr. Ketcham practiced law in Kane County for many years before his retirement in 2010. He also served as States Attorney for Kane County from 1964 to 1972.

He was the beloved husband of Barbara nee Troutman; loving father of Susan (James) Gilchrist, Linda Ketcham (Kim Fisher), Carolyn Ketcham (Peter Warshaw) and the late William Jeffery Ketcham; loving grandfather of Colleen (Nathan) Hintz and Holly (fiancé Nate Mohr) Gilchrist, Minna Ketcham and Ariel and Gabriel Warshaw; great-grandfather of Emeline Hintz.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Shriners Hospital for Children ( are appreciated.

John Potter
John Potter
John C. Potter, 76, of Farmington passed away following a head injury on Oct. 11, 2014, at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

He had battled with cancer for more than two years prior to his accident.

He was born Aug. 27, 1938, in Oxford, Neb., to Russell and Lillian (Negley) Potter.

He is survived by his wife, Connie; his brother, Glenn Potter of Avon; two daughters, Kate Potter of Farmington and Kris Percy of Fullerton, Calif.; two stepdaughters, Angie Renner of Farmington and Alicia Mathison of Peoria; one stepson, Aaron Pensinger of Farmington; three grandchildren; and 10 stepgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jo Katherine Schendel; and one brother, James M. Potter.

John was a practicing attorney in Farmington for 42 years in the law firm of Baudino, Potter & Maas, and later with Froeling, Weber and Schell, where he was of counsel. He was an active member of the Peoria and Fulton County bar associations and served one term as president of the latter.

Michael O'Malley
Michael O'Malley
Michael Joseph O'Malley, born June 20, 1953, died Oct. 11, 2014, at home with his family, following a battle with cancer.

Michael had a long and distinguished legal career, beginning in private practice with his father, and serving as both an Assistant State's Attorney and Assistant Public Defender in St. Clair County, Ill. He was appointed as Associate Circuit Judge on Feb. 1, 1985, and elected as a Circuit Judge on Nov. 6, 1990. Judge O'Malley was honored to serve the 20th Judicial Circuit, St. Clair County, Illinois, for 25 years, until his retirement in 2010. After retiring from the bench, he enjoyed a return to private practice with the firm of Carey, Danis & Lowe, LLC, with whom he worked until his death. Judge O'Malley had a passion for the law and relished a deep comradery with his colleagues.

Michael always will be remembered for his keen sense of humor, his quick wit, his joie de vivre, and his kind nature. He will be dearly missed by many.

He was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents; his father, Edward F. O'Malley; his father-in-law, August J. "Gus" Feldker; and his stepbrother-in-law, Larry Shannahan.

John E. Juergensmeyer
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."

Joseph B. Carini, Jr, 80. Beloved husband of 55 years to the late Barbara F. Carini, nee Fischer. His practical wisdom and thoughtful guidance endeared him to his seven children; Christian, Julia, David, Joseph III, Anne, Daniel and Mary. Devoted father-in-law to Laureen Bird, Carolyn Coyne, Maureen Craddock, Matthew Maddock, Frances Demos and Patrick McKenna; cherished Nonu of Catherine, John, Michael, Daniel, Kelly, Patrick, Frances, Dominic, Grace, Kailey, Joseph IV, Elizabeth, Matthew, Carolyn, Francesca, Christian, Maria, Jane and Julia: dear brother-in-law of Mary Ann (the late Roger) Anderson and the late Edwin (Diane) Fischer; uncle of many nieces and nephews. Joseph was a proud graduate of St. Mary of the Lake, St. George High School, Loyola University and Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Misericorda Heart of Mercy, 6300 N. Ridge Ave., Chicago, IL 60660 or Midwest Palliative Care, 2050 Claire Ct., Glenview, IL 60025 would be appreciated.

Jack M. Siegel
Jack M. Siegel
Jack M. Siegel was an expert in municipal law and a trusted and respected adviser to a succession of town leaders in a career that spanned more than 50 years as village attorney for both Schaumburg and Arlington Heights. Mr. Siegel was also village attorney for Riverwoods and had been corporation counsel for Evanston for 47 years.

"He was the only village attorney we've ever had," Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson said. Larson said Mr. Siegel was not only a wise counselor but a vigorous defender of his town's interests.

"He was just a soft-spoken, gentle man until he got into court, and then he was a ferocious tiger — or so I've heard," Larson said.

Mr. Siegel, 88, who lived in Wilmette for more than 50 years, died of complications from cancer Tuesday, Sept. 23, in hospice in NorthShore Evanston Hospital, according to his wife, Jeanne.

For the last 15 years, Mr. Siegel was with the Chicago office of Holland & Knight. Steven Elrod, the executive partner in the Chicago office, agreed with Larson's assessment of Mr. Siegel.

"I've observed the transformation of Jack Siegel from soft-spoken intellectual to the tenacious litigator," Elrod said.

He appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court twice on behalf of suburban towns, an experience he listed among the highlights of his career when celebrating his 50th anniversary with Arlington Heights in 2011.

Duane G. Walter
Duane G. Walter
Retired DuPage County Judge Duane Gerald Walter, 88, of Bloomingdale passed away on Sept. 7, 2014. He was known for his love of conducting weddings.

Duane was born on January 8, 1926, in Des Moines, Iowa; moved to Chicago and graduated from Lake View High School in 1943. He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and then obtained a law degree from Chicago - Kent College of Law in 1954. He had a distinguished career as an attorney before being appointed Associate Judge of the DuPage County 18th Judicial Circuit Court.

After retiring, Duane owned The Old Town Wedding Chapel in Bloomingdale, Illinois, for 16 years. Duane was an active member of the DuPage County Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association and the DuPage County Republican Committee.

He will be missed dearly by his wife, Beverly (nee Wise), children Gary (Katie) Walter, Linda (Jim) Rinella, Dawn (Paul) VanLaanen, Donna (Dave) Jansen, Bruce Walter, Lori Vanagunas, Lisa (Kirk) Schmitt, Dr. Kevin (Katie) Walter, Bob (Amy) Miller, sixteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Duane is preceded in death by parents Gerald and May (nee Peppmeier) Walter, former wife Lois Belle Gibbs, and sister and brother in law, Glenys and Joe Dombrowski.

Edward C. Moehle
Edward C. Moehle
Edward Carl Moehle, 88, of Pekin, passed away on September 13, 2014 at his home.

He was born December 7, 1925 in Okawville to Walter August and Minna Elizabeth (Miché) Moehle.

Ed was a World War II Army veteran, serving in the Pacific Theater as Chief Clerk at the headquarters of General Douglas MacArthur and worked for the International Military Tribunal of the Far East in Tokyo, Japan. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant.