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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.

Info Mitzvah Memorial Funerals 630-MITZVAH (648-9824), or www.mitzvahfunerals.com

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!"

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.