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Hubert E. Hermanek Sr., 84, a longtime resident of Riverside, died July 2, 2013 at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn.

Mr. Hermanek was raised in Berwyn, attending Hiawatha School and Morton High School, where he was valedictorian of his class. He spent two years at Morton College before being accepted at the University of Chicago Law School, where he was classmates with Abner Mikva, Robert Bork and former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark.

He graduated from law school in 1951 and was drafted into the U.S. Marines during the Korean War, following in the footsteps of his brother, Tom, who was a Marine who fought on Iwo Jima and was part of the patrol that reached the top of Mount Suribachi and raised the American flag over the island.

During the Korean War, Mr. Hermanek was stationed in San Diego and was a member of the Judge Advocate General's Corps.

While on leave, he was admitted to the Illinois Bar. After the war, he worked independently and had a long career as a trial lawyer handling personal injury cases.

After the war, he married Betty Jo St. Charles, and the couple moved to a home on Maplewood Road in 1962 and lived in Riverside for the next half century.

Mr. Hermanek was also active in the Riverside Auxiliary Police Corps for more than 30 years, retiring at the rank of captain.

"He just absolutely loved it," said his son, Hubert Hermanek Jr., who was elected North Riverside's mayor in April. "His two loves were being an auxiliary police officer and being a lawyer. He never took vacations. He just loved it."

Mr. Hermanek practiced law, joining his son's law practice about 20 years ago. He worked in the practice until about two months ago, according to his son.

It is with great sorrow that the family of Glenn R. Clausen, aged 73, of Libertyville, Illinois, has announced his passing at the Midwest Palliative and Hospice Care Center in Glenview, Illinois.

He was the beloved husband of Leslie Reisa Clausen, caring father of Richard (Nadine) Clausen and Rebecca (James) Hogan, and doting grandfather of Joshua Robert, Michael Glenn, and Reisa Rose. Born in Chicago 72 years ago, he was predeceased by his parents the late Nels and the late Julia (nee Collins) Clausen and also leaves behind a sister Mary (Roger) Woolsey and three nephews.

Glenn earned his BA in English/Journalism cum laude at St Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. He began practice in Decatur and then moved on to open Clausen and Katz, Attorneys at Law in Chicago. He later became a partner in the law firm of Geo-Karis, Thompson and Clausen of Zion and finally opened the Law Offices of Glenn R. Clausen in Waukegan.

He was also a Veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the JAG (Judge Advocate’s General) Unit. An active member of the YMCA Indian Princess/Indian Guides (Ponca Tribe) he enjoyed every minute spent with his children and friends, while also holding office in the Mundelein Jaycees, and membership in the Illinois State Bar Association and Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity.

Daniel M. Moore
Daniel M. Moore
Daniel M. Moore, Jr., 85, of Decatur, died Thursday (June 13, 2013) at Decatur Memorial Hospital.

Dan was born on April 25, 1928, in Hannibal, Missouri, to Daniel M. and Bertha (Wear) Moore.

He graduated from Westport High School in Kansas City, Missouri in 1945. He earned an A.B. in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis in 1949, and a J.D. from the University of Illinois in 1953. From 1953 to 1955, he served in the United States Army.

In 1955, Dan joined the Decatur law firm of Denz, Lowe & Limerick, which evolved into Moore, Susler, McNutt & Wrigley. He specialized in Elder Law, and was an Illinois delegate to the White House Conference on Aging in 1995. In 1996, he received the “Tradition of Excellence” Award from the Illinois State Bar Association, and Dan was named a Laureate in the Academy of Illinois Lawyers in 2002. He retired in 2003.

Dan was an active community volunteer in education, social welfare, the arts, and health care. In 1995, following his prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment, he organized and led the local prostate cancer support group. Since 1997, Dan participated as a patient advocate at both the local and national levels, most recently with the National Cancer Institute-funded SWOG cancer research cooperative.

Survivors include Shirley, Dan’s wife of 54 years; daughters Karen (Jon) Tower of Edmond, OK and Janice (Steve) Benzel of Austin, TX; and grandchildren Lindsey (Travis) Pelletier of Hanover, MD, Lauren Tower of Edmond, OK, and Jared Benzel of Austin, TX.

By John J. Hopkins, John J. Hopkins & Associates, Alton

Jonathan Swift, the famed English satirist and political philosopher of the 18th Century, died in 1745.  As a final commentary, the acclaimed author of such works as “Gulliver’s Travels” left carved on his tombstone a fitting epitaph.  In Latin, it says, “Here lies the body of Jonathan Swift… where fierce indignation can no longer injure the Heart… Go forth voyager and copy, if you can, this vigorous Champion of Liberty.”

I was reminded of Dr. Swift’s final words when I heard the news that a contemporary   “Champion of Liberty” had passed on through this world.  The Honorable Moses Harrison, late Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, died on Thursday, April 25at Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis.   In respect for the lifetime of service to his fellow man, the first SIDEBAR column of 2013 is dedicated to his memory, both his remarkable professional accomplishments but also very fond remembrances of a towering legal figure who remained – despite the seductions of power – a devoted husband and father, active volunteer and loyal friend.

While THIS Moses certainly did ascend to the Judicial mountain top, he never lost his connection to what he liked to call “the real folks.” As he often would tell, in his career he worked as a ranch hand, a truck driver and a Teamster, grounding him in reality and earning in the words of the Illinois Supreme Court in 2002, on the occasion of his retirement the “reputation for commitment to justice and human welfare, to defend the poor, the young and elderly against corporate or governmental policies which went against their interests.”

John L. Nickels
John L. Nickels
John L. Nickels was raised on a dairy farm in rural Illinois, started his education in a one-room country schoolhouse at the age of four and rose to become a Justice on the Illinois Supreme Court.

Justice Nickels passed away in the company of his family on Monday after a long illness. He had served on Illinois’ highest court from December 1992 to his retirement in December 1998, earning a reputation as a quiet, private man but one who was unafraid to express his fidelity to fundamental beliefs and to call out publicly those he felt had abused their trust. Justice Nickels was 82.

"He was a gentle and most hospitable man," Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride said. "He carried a wealth of compassion and internal resolve to bring out the best in all of us -- to be respectful professionals. He was a real role model and epitomized that it was quite acceptable 'to agree to disagree.' "

Donald T. Morrison, Jr., 84, of Libertyville, formerly of Deerfield at rest May 20, 2013.

He was a life time Waukegan Trial Attorney at Morrison and Morrison and a past President of the Lake County Bar Association and a Fellow of American College of Trial Lawyers.

He was a beloved husband of Danielle Morrison, loving father of 10 children; Joseph (Hon. Julie) Morrison, J.D., Sheila (Mel) Smith, J.D., Mary Ellen (Tom) Murphy, B.S.N., Kathleen (Hon. Ray) Collins, B.S.N., Eileen Morrison, M.D., Margaret (Jim, J.D.) Borcia, J.D., Frances C. Morrison, M.S., Donald (Ellen J.D.) Morrison, J.D., Denise Breyne (David Grace), Mario L. Breyne, dear Grandfather of twenty Grandchildren, and one Great Grandson.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Catherine in 1975 and by his Grandson, Antonio "Tony" Borcia in 2012.

In Lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the www.y-notproject.com in loving memory of Tony Borcia or www.autismspeaks.org in honor of Jax Morrison. For Info: (847) 362-3009 or please sign the guestbook at www.burnettdane.com.

Michael J. Merlie
Michael J. Merlie
Michael J. Merlie, 63, of Danville, passed away on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville.

He was born July 18, 1949, in Danville to Donald and Eleanor (Dowiatt) Merlie.

He married Nancy J. Fadale on June 17, 1972, in Westville. She survives.

Michael was a 1967 graduate of Westville High School and went on to earn his undergraduate at the University of Illinois before attending law school at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He then ran Merlie Law Office, which he began with his father. He was a member of the Vermilion County Bar Association, State of Illinois Bar Association and was the former attorney for the Village of Westville.

Michael was an avid golfer at Turtle Run and loved to read.

Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family.

Also surviving are two sons, Tony (Katie) Merlie of Indianapolis and Jim (Tina) Merlie, also of Indianapolis; parents, Don and Eleanor Merlie of Westville; three sisters, Melissa Merli of Urbana, Carol (Mike) Hatfield of Champaign, and Patty Merlie of Leawood, Kan.; three grandsons, Kyle, Joe and Max Merlie; four nieces and a nephew. He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Services have been held. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. Please join Michael’s family in sharing memories, photos, and video of his life through his tribute wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.

William James Wimbiscus Jr., 86, passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2013.

Born Aug. 29, 1926, to Judge William J. and Mae (Walsh) Wimbiscus of Spring Valley, he married Eleanor Bruder Sept. 24, 1955. She survives.

He was a 1944 graduate of St. Bede Academy and then served in the U.S. Army during World War II. After graduating from the University of Illinois in 1949 with a bachelor of science degree in law, he then earned a juris doctor in law from DePaul University College of Law in 1951, passing the Illinois State Bar exam while still a student. He was admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois in 1951, the U.S. Supreme Court in 1972 and the U.S. Court of Appeals Seventh Circuit in 1981.

He joined his father, Judge William J. Wimbiscus Sr., at the Wimbiscus Law Firm in 1951. The firm was established in 1917 and continues to this day. He also served as Spring Valley City Attorney from 1965 to 1981 and DePue Village Attorney from 1975 to 2010.

He was a member of Illinois State Bar Association, past president and member of Bureau County Bar Association and a member of LaSalle-Peru-Oglesby Bar Association. He was a member and past president of St. Margaret’s Hospital Board of Directors, as well as a member of Hall Township High School Education Foundation, Prairieland Home Care Advisory Committee and Dominic O’Berto Post 182 of the American Legion. He donated legal services to many community and civic organizations.

Also surviving are six children, John (SangHui), Sarah, Bill (Sara), Tom (Maureen), Neal and Mary (Phillip) Telfer; one brother, Judge James (Jude) Wimbiscus; one sister, Jane Johnson; 11 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Norma Reyes
Norma Reyes
Norma Ida Reyes, age 56, died suddenly in her sleep of a massive stroke on Monday, May 6th, 2013.

Norma was born in Chicago and raised in the Humboldt Park area. Her mother, Clara Luz Reyes, raised seven children on her own. Both of Norma's foster parents, Paddy and Barry McNamara were attorneys and she followed in their footsteps by becoming an attorney.

Norma earned her Bachelors and Juris Doctorate degrees from the University of Notre Dame. She began her legal career working in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office and rose through the ranks, eventually attaining the title of Supervisor of the Juvenile Division.

In 1990, Mayor Richard M. Daley hired Ms. Reyes as Senior Counsel in the Law Department where she eventually became Deputy Corporation Counsel. She also served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Safety, Buildings Commissioner, and Commissioner of Consumer Services/Business Affairs and Consumer Protection before retiring in June 2011. Norma then became Senior Executive Vice President for Taxi Affiliation Services, LLC.

Norma was respected for her political acumen, administrative abilities and fearless determination. She was a favorite of many Aldermen for her fair approach to constituents' services. During her tenure as Commissioner of Consumer Services, she was a strong advocate in the taxicab industry for the accessibility of persons with disabilities.

Doug Dreghorn
Doug Dreghorn
Douglas J. “Doug” Dreghorn, age 72, a longtime resident of Naperville, IL, formerly of Port Washington and Buffalo, NY died Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at Edward Hospital in Naperville. He was born January 3, 1941 in Brooklyn, NY.

Doug grew up in Port Washington, NY and was a graduate of Paul D. Schreiber High School, Class of 1958. He graduated from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY in 1962 with a B.A. in History and attended St. John’s University Law School in New York City. Doug served with the U.S. Army stationed in Wurzburg, Germany from 1964-1966, leaving as a 1st lieutenant.

Doug was employed in sales management and marketing/training development for many years in the paper industry, starting at West Virginia Pulp & Paper (now Westvaco), in New York, Buffalo, NY, and Chicago, IL, where he worked for 29 years. He later worked for Weyerhaeuser Co., then Gaylord Container from 1996-2005 and completed his career with Temple-Inland, where he retired in 2006.

He was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church in Naperville and enjoyed playing golf and landscaping his home.

Beloved husband of Susan Lea (nee Vosseller) Dreghorn, whom he married August 8, 1964, loving father of Kathryn D. “Katie” (William Jr.) Linden of Bronxville, NY and David (Liza Melecio) Dreghorn of Chicago, adored grandfather of Finn Andrew Dreghorn, devoted son of the late James E. and Marion F. (nee Lawson) Dreghorn, dear brother of Patricia M. (the late Stephen) Walter of Topsail Beach, NC, loving brother-in-law of Geoffrey (Jane) Vosseller of East Aurora, NY, fond uncle of many.