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Thomas Nettles
Thomas Nettles
Thomas Nettles was born January 21, 1944 the son of Harold and Garnet (Jeffrey) Nettles and passed away at home on January 14, 2017 after an extended illness.

Tom graduated from Freeport High School in 1962, where he participated in sports and theatre. He graduated from University of Illinois where his talented voice allowed him to tour and perform in Europe with the Glee Club. He then graduated from Chicago Kent Law School and became licensed as an attorney. Tom became a manager at Rockford Country Club, owned and operated the Plantation Restaurant in Rockford, and resumed the practice of law in Freeport, where he practiced from 1987-2016.

Tom's memberships included: Embury united Methodist Church, Freeport Country Club, Illinois State and Stephenson County Bar Associations, Aircraft Owner and Pilot Association, Alpaca Owner and Breeder Association.

Tom is survived by his wife of 30 years, Judy, brothers Al and Steve, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Sharon Lohmeier. A celebration of Tom's life will be held at a later date to be announced. A memorial has been established in his memory.

John L. 'Jack' Aulvin
John L. 'Jack' Aulvin
John L. “Jack” Aulvin, 82 of Albion, died at 4:04 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney.

Mr. Aulvin was a Navy Veteran and was an attorney in Mount Carmel for over 25 years. He was born Feb. 22, 1934, in Edwards County, to George and Mary Claudine (Walsh) Aulvin.

Jack is survived by daughters Valerie (David) Reidling of Plano, Texas, Brooksie (Steve) Austin of Brentwood, Tennessee, and Natalie Aulvin of Nashville, Tennessee; three grandchildren;  sisters Sarah Loffredo of Georgetown, Texas and Martha Klestinski of Cincinnati, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother George Ray Aulvin.

Herman Carl Runge, Jr.
Herman Carl Runge, Jr.
Herman Carl Runge, Jr. (Carl) of Collinsville passed away on December 31, 2016 surrounded by his wife and daughters.

Carl was born on September 27, 1932 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin to Herman Runge, Sr. and Clara Hertzberg Runge. He attended St. John's Military Academy in Delafield, Wisconsin, received his B.A. from Grinnell College and law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

He was a lieutenant in the Air Force serving during the Korean War. After the war, he worked as an air traffic controller before earning his law degree. During law school, he sailed on Lake Mendota by day and he lived above and worked in a bar by night to pay for his tuition. From 1962-1968, Carl served as an attorney examiner working in the Administrative Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. After Bobby Kennedy became the Attorney General, he became one of the "Irish Mafia," a group of 12 lawyers who would travel three months at a time for Kennedy and then return to Washington, D.C. for three months.

He enforced federal civil rights laws as a special assistant in New Orleans, advocating for the first women and African Americans to be allowed on federal juries. He also worked in Jackson, Hattiesburg and Oxford, Mississippi, as well as Birmingham, Montgomery and Selma, Alabama including representing freedom riders when they were arrested

Charles Stegmeyer
Charles Stegmeyer
Charles H. Stegmeyer, 75, of Belleville, born October 7, 1941, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 at his home after a five-year battle with cancer.

Mr. Stegmeyer graduated from Belleville Township High School in 1959 and from Washington University in 1963. He was a member of the Varsity Basketball Team and of the Sigma Alpha Fraternity. He went on to Washington University Law School where he graduated in 1966. He practiced law for over 50 years and was awarded the Distinguished Counsellor Award from the Illinois State Bar Association.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, JoAnn, nee Bloomer, Stegmeyer whom he married on June 20, 1964; his parents, Charles and Mildred, nee Schmitz, Stegmeyer and a brother-in-law, Frank O'Donnell.

Surviving are his wife, Cynthia "Cyndi", nee Lyvers-Kelso, Stegmeyer, whom he married on March 20, 1982; four daughters, Nicole (Dan) Nester, Nichelle Scott, Noelle (Chris) Bianchi and Lindsay (Dan) Jente; and 11 grandchildren. Services have been held.

Clarence O. Redman, 74, of Chicago, accomplished attorney and decorated Vietnam veteran, died on January 30, 2017. He was survived by his wife, Carla J. Rozycki; his sons Scott (Cindi) and Steven (Connie); and four grandchildren. A private memorial will be held at a later date.

James Bernard Blanchard
James Bernard Blanchard
Beloved father and devoted husband James Bernard Blanchard, 80, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 9th, 2017 at the King Bruwaert House in Burr Ridge after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. He was preceded in death by his wife Marcia (Daniell) and cherished son Jonathan. He is survived by his six children; William (Victoria Harris), Eric (Martha Jaquez), Peter (Meena Khandelwal), Christopher (Laurie), Michael (Katie) and Anne (Michael Kahn), and his 15 grandchildren Lillian, James, Isabel, Nicolas, Jonathan, Uma, Jaya, Sophia, Julia, Ben, Abigail, Belle, Harley, Harrison and Maxwell.

John M. Richman, the former CEO of Kraft, Inc who oversaw the landmark 1988 merger of Kraft with Phillip Morris, died on Saturday in West Palm Beach after a brief illness. He was 89.

The $13.1 billion transaction was at the time the second-largest merger in US history and created the world's biggest consumer products company. It was concluded only after Mr. Richman and the Kraft board rejected the original price and began making plans to take the company private. The final deal came as a result of intensive, late-night negotiations at an airport hotel between Mr. Richman and Philip Morris CEO Hamish Maxwell, and was concluded at a price almost 18% above than the original offer. 

Following the merger, Mr. Richman served on the Phillip Morris board of directors for six years, where he helped oversee the company's continued diversification into the food and beverage business. 

John Marshall Richman was born in New York City on November 9, 1927, the son of Arthur Richman, a playwright who wrote The Awful Truth among other works, and Madeline Marshall, a stage actress. Growing up in New York City, he said he never remembered a time when he did not work. He attended the Browning School and Yale University, both on scholarship, and then enrolled in Harvard Law School in Cambridge, where he met his wife-to-be Priscilla Frary. They were married in 1951.

Paul C. Hendren, 74, of Champaign and formerly of Carthage, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, while in hospice care at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, from viral encephalitis.

Paul was born Sept. 28, 1942, at Fort Riley, Kan., son of the late Dr. Paul and Nancy Grosboll Hendren. His family lived in the Stadium Terrace housing outside Memorial Stadium after World War II while his father prepared to be a member of the first class of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois. The family moved to Carthage in 1952.

Paul graduated from the University of Illinois in 1964, with honors in sociology. He was a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity and was business manager of the Illio yearbook.

He graduated from University of Illinois Law School in 1967, where he wrote for the Law Review and was named to the Order of the Coif Honorary.

After four years in the U.S. Army JAG Corps, including service in Vietnam, he worked for Capps & Ripple Law Firm in Carthage before joining the law firm of Williamson & Miller (now Miller & Hendren) in Champaign.

Paul always considered himself an office lawyer, who enjoyed helping ordinary people with their legal matters. He served as attorney for several villages in the Champaign area.

Paul was a past president of the Champaign County Bar Association and was named a Pillar of the Bar in 2015. He served many years as a hearing officer for the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.

He was active in the Champaign Lion’s Club and St. John Lutheran Church.

Stephen B. Luzbetak
Stephen B. Luzbetak
Stephen B. Luzbetak "Steve", age 79, of Lockport, passed away suddenly Friday, January 13, 2017 at Silver Cross Hospital. 

He was born in Joliet and was a lifelong Joliet-Lockport resident. An active Partner with Luzbetak and Caneva Law Firm in Lockport, which in 2016, celebrated 50 years of practice in Lockport. Member of the Will County and State Bar Associations; formerly was the Attorney for Ludwig, Kelvin Grove, Fairmont, Chaney-Monge school districts, the Lockport Fire District, the Fire District Foundation and the Channahon Park District and is presently the Attorney for the Lockport Park District. 

Steve started his career at Legal Aid in Chicago; was active in politics, served as Democratic Committeeman and Joliet Township Supervisor, served on the Will County Board for 10 years, first from Joliet, then from Lockport, losing by 1 vote in the battle for Chairman of the Will County Board in the 101 ballot vote; he ran for Will County Recorder of Deeds and Judge of the Circuit Court; was member and past president of both the Lockport Rotary Club and Lockport Chamber of Commerce, served 25 years on the Lockport Old Canal Days Committee and served on the boards of the Will County Historical Society, American Cancer Society and the United Way. 

Walter Gerald Nelson, 87, of Bloomington, distinguished attorney, enthusiastic but inexpert golfer and outstanding citizen of the world, died January 6, 2017 at St. Joseph Medical Center surrounded by his family.

Walter was born January 2, 1930 in Peoria, IL, the only son of Walter and Hazel Nelson. He married Mary Ann Olberding on January 28, 1952. She preceded him in death. He married Mary Jo Sunderland on April 6, 1991 in Peoria, IL.

He is survived by his seven children: Ann (Mike) Larkin, Leland, NC; Mike (Pat) Nelson, Bloomington; Sue (Jay) Boor, Springfield, Pat (Lori) Nelson; Mackinaw, Tom (Tracey) Nelson, O’Fallon, MO; Tim (Lorraine) Nelson, Canton, MA; and Molly (Dave) Edwards, Bloomington; 19 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren as well as Mary Jo's children: Steve (Mary) Sunderland, Kevin (Tamie) Sunderland, Tom (Judy) Sunderland, Colleen (Chuck) Hubert, Maureen (Bob) Grubbs, and Teresa (George) Girardi, 19 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Mary Ann, daughter-in-law Robbin Nelson, and great-granddaughter Emily Nelson.

Walter graduated from St. Bernard’s Grade School and Spalding High School in Peoria, where he participated in football, baseball, and basketball. He captained Nelson’s Nine Nasty Nosepickers to the softball league championship.

He completed his pre-law education at St. Benedict’s College in Atchison, KA and Bradley University in Peoria, where he was a cheerleader senior year. He received his Juris Doctorate from Creighton University in Omaha, NE.