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William Curtis
William Curtis
William "Bill" Curtis, 67, passed away Friday, June 12, 2015, at St. John's Hospice.

He was born Oct. 19, 1947, to William and Dora Curtis of Galva, IL. He married Carol Nieman Egbert in Elmhurst on April 20, 1980.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Carol; two daughters, Elizabeth Harlan (husband Rick) of Cincinnati, OH, and Megan Curtis of Elk Ridge MD; one stepson, Brent Egbert (wife, Jennifer) of Summerville, SC; three grandchildren: Josephine and Caroline Harlan, and James Egbert; two sisters, Gladys (Don) Hopper and Mary Libby; and several nieces and nephews.

Bill graduated from Galva High School. He received a bachelor's degree from Augustana College and was a member of the Augustana Choir; a master's degree from Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago. He received a law degree from Chicago-Kent School of Law. Bill was a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Sangamon County Bar Association.

Bill was a member and past president of the congregation of Trinity Lutheran Church. He worked for the State of Illinois and served as Chief Legal Counsel for the Department of Mental Health and for Children and Family Services. He also was in private practice.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Trinity Lutheran Church, 220 S. 2nd St., Springfield, IL 62702 or St. John's Hospice, 800 E. Carpenter, Springfield, IL 62702.

Carl Hoffee
Carl Hoffee
Carl O. Hoffee, 80, of Springfield, beloved husband, father and grandfather, cherished friend, and long-time attorney, passed away on June 5, 2015.

Carl, the son of Emmitt and Ethel Hoffee of Fairfield, Ill., was born July 7, 1934. Raised in Wayne County, Ill., Carl married Dian Johnson on Dec. 27, 1959, in Fairfield.

Carl received his law degree in 1958 from the University of Illinois School of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and served on the law review. He was admitted to practice in Illinois in 1958.

Carl served as law clerk to Illinois Supreme Court Justice Harry B. Hershey from 1961-1962. Carl also worked for Albert Harno, former Dean of the University of Illinois Law School, when he became Illinois' first Supreme Court Administrator. Carl began his private practice at Hoffman and Hoffman in Springfield, later joining Barber and Barber in 1968.

At his death, Carl was the senior partner of Barber, Segatto, Hoffee, Wilke & Cate, having been with the firm for nearly 50 years. Carl was noted for his expertise in real estate matters. Carl was a member of the American, Illinois and Sangamon County Bar Associations, and a member of the Federalist Society.

Raymundo R. Luna
Raymundo R. Luna
Raymundo R. Luna, age 81, United States Army Vietnam War Veteran, went to be with the Lord June 2, 2015, at Morris Hospital.

Raymundo is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Joan K. Luna; proud father of Raymundo Luna, Kirk (Holly) Luna, Timothy Luna and Jennifer (Phil) Harvey; loving grandfather of Thomas and Rangel Luna and Erika, Cameron and Ryan Harvey; dear brother of Jesus (the late Margarita) Luna, Severiano (Beatrice) Luna, Soledad (the late Ramon) Rodriguez, and Felipa (the late Aurelio) Garcia. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Preceded in death by his parents, Felix and Francisca Luna of San Antonio, TX; two brothers, Felix, Jr. and Cecilio Luna; and two sisters, Isidra Sanchez and Maria Rodriguez.

Elizabeth Jeane Dibble (Elsey), age 56, of Freeburg, IL passed away on March 2, 2015 at her home, surrounded by family and friends after successfully surviving colon cancer for several years. Jeane was married to John Taylor Dibble on June 7, 1980 in Kewanee, IL. He survives as do their children, James Taylor (Anna Beasley) Dibble of St. Louis, MO and Katherine Elizabeth
Dibble of Austin, TX.

Jeane was born on May 26, 1958 in Hammond, Indiana to Janet D. Lane Elsey and Harold Elsey and older brother James. Shortly thereafter, the family moved to Kewanee, IL and was joined by second brother, Kenneth.

After graduating from Kewanee High School in 1976, Jeane enrolled at MacMurray College, Jacksonville, Illinois, earning a special education degree in three years. After a brief time teaching she enrolled at Southern Ilinois University School of Law, Carbondale, IL, graduating in 1983. Jeane welcomed her son, James, in 1983 and daughter, Katherine, in 1985. She was a devoted mother and confidant, spending much of her free time at her children's sporting events, relaxing at the family cabin and traveling with her family.

Charles "Chick" Chapin
Charles "Chick" Chapin
Charles Armstrong "Chick" Chapin, 94, lawyer, scholar, decorated WWII Marine officer, civic servant, husband, father, horseman died Sunday, May 31 at his Chatham home, Windridge. He lived most of his life in Springfield. He attended and graduated from Carleton College, served in World War II as a Marine Artillery officer and studied law at the University of Michigan. He joined his father Roger E. and brother John R. in the family law firm of Chapin & Chapin. For the past decade he was Of Counsel at the law firm of Brown, Hay, & Stephens.

Howard R. Kaufman
Howard R. Kaufman
Judge Howard Robert Kaufman, 84, went to the big courthouse in the sky 29 May 2015.

A United States Marine; an Assistant United States Attorney General; First Chief of Consumer Fraud for the State of Illinois and finally a Cook County, IL Judge, he gave of his life in many ways. Through volunteering and mentoring youth, through sharing his wisdom, humor and his zest for life, he left a mark on all he encountered.

Growing up in Brooklyn, NY his childhood was the beginning of his lessons of life. As a student at American University in Washington D.C. and at Purdue University, he developed his love for physical education. Following Purdue he joined the United States Marine Corps and led his group of men as a 2nd Lieutenant building a sense of duty, comradery and toughness that he carried throughout his life. Attending Law School at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL he received his J.D. being one of the first to receive a law degree with a BA in Physical Education.

Proud of himself, yet not in a grandiose way, he was a self-made man. Practicing law as a Prosecutor in Elk Grove Village, IL; holding private practice in Elgin and in Chicago, IL, he believed in justice. He had many colleagues including those in the legal field, in politics and others that were involved in the justice system. A dear friend to many, he leaves many lives touched in many places.

Robert F. Coleman, 70, of River Forest, died on May 24, 2015. Born on Dec. 14, 1944 in Chicago to the late Clayton and Helen Coleman, he served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army and later enjoyed a successful career as a commercial litigator, first as an assistant Illinois attorney general and then in private practice. He ran for Illinois Attorney General.

His generosity knew no bounds, particularly when it came to improving education. He served on the boards of trustees of Dominican University, Trinity High School, Fenwick High School and St. Luke Parish School. 

Mr. Coleman served as chairman of Fire and Police Commission, and at the first village board meeting after his death, Village President Catherine Adduci called Coleman a River Forest institution.

"He was a personal mentor to me. I used to talk to him quite frequently about village business because he knew a lot. He was a stalwart activist in our community," Adduci said.

According to a comment on the village website, "His long-term commitment of service for the village of River Forest and its residents will be sorely missed."

Bob Coleman is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 48 years, Marcia (nee Nogal); his daughter and son-in-law, Cassie and Sean Crotty; his grandsons, Brendan, Ryan and Colin Crotty; and his siblings, Carol (Roger) Brice and Richard (late Mary) Coleman. 

Services have been held. Memorials to Misericordia are appreciated.

Jay Paul Hoffman
Jay Paul Hoffman
Jay Paul Hoffmann was born to Al and Marcy Hoffmann in Milwaukee, WI on June 3, 1952. He attended 21st Street School, Edison Junior High and Custer High School. During and after high school, Jay traveled the U.S. playing soprano bugle for the Chordalier and Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps before attending Marquette University. While pursuing his B.S. in Political Science, Jay played trumpet with the Marquette Warrior Pep Band and the Motown Band, Sheer Soul.

After graduating from Marquette, Jay worked both in the foundry and as a security guard for Briggs & Stratton prior to enrolling in John Marshall Law School. In 1990, Jay graduated Cum Laude from that institution.

He dedicated the next 25 years to keeping violent criminals in prison. His law career started with the Office of the State’s Attorneys Appellate Prosecutors in Ottawa, IL before becoming an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois where he specialized in capital criminal appeals. In 2007, Jay was selected to serve as a National Association of Attorney Generals Supreme Court Fellow. His service in this position included writing the amicus petition for writ of certiorari filed by Illinois and 18 other states in “Allen v Siebert” to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Richard K. Decker, age 101, of Burr Ridge, peacefully passed away on May 6, 2015.

Dick was born on September 15, 1913, in Lincoln, Nebraska. His parents were Georgia and Fred Decker. He received his B. A. in 1935 and his JD degree in 1938 from the University of Nebraska. After graduation, Dick's life immediately began to skyrocket, both personally and professionally.

On June 12, 1938, Fern and Dick were married in Oakland, Nebraska. Dick then started in his lifetime legal specialty, joining the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice where he remained until World War II.

Dick served with U.S. Naval Reserve until 1945, retiring as a Lieutenant Commander. Upon discharge, Dick returned to the Antitrust Division. In 1952, Dick came to Chicago as a lawyer with Lord, Bissell & Brook, of which he was a partner from 1953 to 1984, when he retired. During his partnership, Dick served as Chairman of the Executive Committee for several terms. He became one of the country's leading antitrust lawyers, serving as Chairman of the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association from 1971 to 1972, after first serving as Chairman of the Antitrust Law Committee of the Chicago Bar Association from 1956 to 1959 and Chairman of the Antitrust Section of Illinois State Bar Association from 1964 to 1966.


Walter Adams
Walter Adams
Walter L. Adams, 83 of Valparaiso, passed away Friday, May 8, 2015. He was born June 8, 1931 in Middletown, NY, the son of Walter L. and Gladys (Coburg) Adams.

Walter graduated from Duke University with a BA and Michigan University with a J.D. Degree. He was a labor lawyer, and a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Walter was a US Army Veteran with the CIC.

Walter began his career in Chicago with Seyfarth, Shaw, Fairweather and Geraldson. In the 1970's, he co-founded the law firm of Adams, Fox, Marcus, Adelstein and Gerding. Most recently, he was of counsel for Schuyler, Roche and Crisham. In addition, Walter was a long time volunteer with the VNA Hospice in Valparaiso, IN.

Surviving are his children: Mark (Melissa) Adams of Moscow, ID, Lisa (Mark) Patton of Lagos, Nigeria and Samuel Adams of Valparaiso, IN and four grandchildren. He was preceded by his wife Eleanor Morgan Adams and his parents. Services will be held in mid-June at the Glencoe Union Church in Glencoe, IL. Memorial Contributions may be made to V.N.A. Hospice, 2401 Valley Drive, Valparaiso, IN 46383.

Bartholomew Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.