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Sheldon Reagan
Sheldon Reagan
Sheldon "Ted" Wilson Reagan, 82, died peacefully at home with family at his side on June 30, 2017.

Born in Chicago, on Jan. 8, 1935, he was the son of Dr. Sheldon and Maryan Reagan (Bryan). He was the eldest of three children.

Sheldon grew up in Aroma Park, and there learned his lifelong love of hunting and fishing on the Kankakee River. He graduated from Kankakee Senior High School, where he played football and golf.

While attending the University of the South, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, Sheldon was drafted into the U.S. Army and stationed in Germany. Upon completion of his service, he returned to school and married Eleanor Woehrle in 1958. They raised two children, daughter, Susan, and son, Scott.

During that time, he graduated from John Marshall Law School in 1966 and was immediately appointed as a magistrate in the Third Judicial Circuit Court of Kankakee. After serving on the bench for two years, Sheldon resigned and opened a private law practice, which he maintained as the sole practitioner for 22 years.

In 1977, Sheldon married Barbara Kuester. In 1980, they together had a son, Ted Kuester Reagan. Sheldon and Barb remained happily married until her death in 2007.

In 1989, he was appointed to be an associate judge, and remained on the bench in Kankakee until 2001, at which time he and Barbara both retired and moved to Missoula, Mont.

James Bernard Sloan
James Bernard Sloan
James Bernard Sloan of Lake Forest passed away at age 82 in the comfort of his home surrounded by his loving family on the 50th anniversary of his marriage to Rose. Loving father of Matthew, Anthony (Courtney), Nora Joyce (Tim), Jimmy (Jenny) and Sean. From the west side of Chicago, fourth eldest of thirteen: Andrew, Betty, Mae, Maol, Theresa, Margaret, Ann, the late Ed, Tom, Jack, Kathleen, Philip. Grandfather to ten wonderful grandchildren.

James attended Mater Dolorosa Seminary, Loyola University Chicago, served in the U.S. Army, graduated Loyola Law School 1962, and served as Federal Prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's office in Chicago. Had a distinguished career as a class action antitrust trial lawyer for over 50 years.

Son of Irish immigrants, Barney and Sarah Anne, Jim maintained a close connection with his Irish ancestry. A major contributor to the Chicago Irish community, he helped establish Irish music schools in Chicago and County Down, Ireland, and served as president of the Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago. Golfer, historian, intellectual, larger than life figure, he will be remembered for his overwhelming spirit and strength, but mostly for those he helped. 

Nicholas Velasquez
Nicholas Velasquez
Nicolas Velasquez, Sr, age 92, died at home Friday, August 4, 2017. 

Nicolas was born on December 23, 1924 in Cabana, Peru, South America the son of Augusto and Maria (Quinonez) Velasquez. He married Nelly Maravi on May 17, 1956 in Lima, Peru. Nicolaswas employed as an Attorney for 39 years retiring in 1989. He enjoyed reading and traveling with his wife Nelly and son Nicolas Jr. 

Survivors include, his wife, Nelly of Rock Falls; three daughters, Maria Rosalba (Ray) Larkey of Rock Falls, Janette (William) Kooy of Dixon and Jaqueline (Steven) Mendoza of Dixon; one son, Nicolas Velasquez, Jr. of Rock Falls; six grandchildren, Ray (Danielle O'Neal) Larkey, Jr., Kimberly (Brent) Martin, Jeffrey Larkey, Christopher Kooy, Steven and Michael Mendoza; four great grandchildren, Ben and Austin Larkey, Jonathan and Kensley Martin; siblings, Amado Velasquez, Justino Velasquez, Goya Valle and Jose Velasquez. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, Theodore Velasquez, Thomas Velasquez, Pedro Velasquez, Yolanda Velasquez and Augusto Velasquez. 

Private family graveside services will be held at Riverside Cemetery, Sterling. Arrangements were completed by the McDonald Funeral Home, Rock Falls.

Hon. Richard E. Scott
Hon. Richard E. Scott
Honorable Richard E. Scott, 76 years of age, died 31 July 2017 at home. He was a former resident circuit judge of Edgar County. 

Mr. Scott was born 5 May 1941, the son of C.E. Scott and Mary (McCarthy) Fitzgerald Scott. He was married to Katherine Miller Scott, who predeceased him on 2 May 1992. He then married Margaret A. Brecht, who survives. 

Mr. Scott graduated from Paris High School in 1959. After graduation from the University of Illinois Law School in 1966 and successfully completing the bar exam, Mr. Scott entered the United States Air Force through the Officer Training School and served until October of 1970. 

Upon leaving the military, he became affiliated with the Model Circuit State’s Attorney Project in Bloomington, Illinois. He was appointed Associate Circuit Judge for the Fifth Judicial Circuit in April 1972. When Judge Carl Lund was elected to the Fourth District Appellate Court, Judge Scott was appointed to the office of resident circuit judge (Edgar County) for the Fifth Judicial Circuit effective 3 December 1986. He was then elected to that position in 1988, serving until his retirement in December of 2000. He was recalled to active judge status in March 2008, and retired again in July of 2010. Mr. Scott was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Illinois State Bar Association, St. Mary’s Cemetery Board, and St. Mary’s Finance Board. 

Morgan J. Ordman
Morgan J. Ordman
Morgan J. Ordman, 75, passed away peacefully Saturday, August 26, 2017, surrounded by family at his residence. Morgan was highly respected as an astute tax and business attorney and served as a trusted mentor and adviser to many colleagues in the legal community. He was a passionate and knowledgeable Chicago sports fan, with particular loyalty to the Cubs and Bears. Morgan was very devoted to his children, Michelle Rhine and Lee Ordman,  and his grandson, Jaxon Rhine. 

Morgan was born August 9, 1942, in Berwyn, Illinois. He graduated with honors from DePauw University in 1963, and received his J.D. degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 1966. Upon his graduation from law school, Morgan joined the Chicago law firm that eventually became known as McBride Baker & Coles. He was a partner for many years at that firm, serving as the Chair of its Tax Department and a member of its Management Committee. Morgan became a partner of the international law firm of  Holland & Knight when it combined with the McBride firm  in 2002, and he remained with Holland & Knight until his retirement in 2016. Morgan was a member of the Chicago, Illinois State, and American Bar Associations.  He was a past President and Executive Board Member of the Tower Club in Chicago and  served on numerous other civic and charitable boards.

Morgan was a caring and loving friend to many, and his clever humor and gentle compassion will be sadly missed by all those who knew him.

Carl DeBroux
Carl DeBroux
Carl H. DeBroux, 82, of North Aurora, passed away Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at his home. He was born June 27, 1935 in Kaukauna, WI. Carl DeBroux was a good man, beloved by many. He was a kind, loving and humble man who made the most out of his life.

Carl worked as an air traffic controller with the Air Force in Fukuoaka, Japan, where he was also instrumental in creating an orphanage for the deaf children of Fukuoka. Carl was an honored guest at the governor's thank you dinner. Carl and his wife Jan eventually settled in North Aurora.

Although Carl worked at the Aurora Air Traffic Control Center, his true purpose in life was to team with others to improve situations he believed could be better. Carl was influential in forming PATCO which improved the working conditions of the air traffic controllers. Carl was also a long standing member of the Lions Club. He also spent time working on the North Aurora Library and Fire Boards.

Later, Carl earned his J.D. and had a very successful career as a lawyer, including, successfully litigating a case in front of the Supreme Court of the United States in 1985. He did this on behalf of several air traffic controllers.

Charles Kierscht
Charles Kierscht
Charles (Chuck) Mason Kierscht, 78, passed away peacefully at his home in Hinsdale, IL, surrounded by his loved ones on June 29, 2017. Born April 4, 1939 in Des Moines, Iowa, he was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Florence Kierscht. Chuck was the beloved husband of Marion, devoted and loving father to Charlie (Jennifer), Matthew (Brenda), Susan (Denny) Georgopulos, and Cynthia. Adored by his grandchildren, Michael, Alex, Ryan, Kennedy and Leah, he was proud and happy to be with them. Chuck received his bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Iowa in 1960 and his J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1962.  After proudly serving in the Navy, Chuck joined Kemper Financial Services as an attorney in 1966 and retired from the company in 1995 as chairman, president and CEO. Putting all others before himself, he generously gave his time volunteering for many organizations, including 26 years on the University of Iowa Foundation and 24 years on the Law School Foundation. He recently served as chairman of the Grant Park Music Festival, and chairman of Friends of the Forest Preserves in Cook County. His service also included support for the Field Museum, Boy Scouts of America, Chicago Urban League, the Crusade of Mercy/United Way, and the Greater Chicago Food Depository, among others. His smile and gentle manner will be missed by all who knew him. 

James Curtin
James Curtin
James K. Curtin passed away peacefully July 14, 2017. Best friend and wonderful husband of Donna (nee Havle) for 57 years. Jim was born in Chicago November 4, 1935 to Thomas and Helen Curtin. Father of James W. (Rita) Curtin and Donna Lynn Curtin, grandfather of Bridget and Margaret Curtin, brother of Dolores (late Charles) Singleton, Audrey Curtin, Charles (Joan), late Thomas (late Phyllis), late John (Lucilla) and late William (Myrna Curtin Fry), uncle to several nieces and nephews. Teacher at Hyde Park HS, Kennedy King College, Becker CPA Review, and attorney and tax professional. 

Robert Stewart
Robert Stewart
Robert Cowl Stewart passed away at 75 on July 20, 2017 at Rush Medical Center in Chicago after a three year struggle with cancer. He is lovingly survived by his two children, Dan and David Stewart, and four grandchildren: Hugh, Cole, McAllister ,and Louge Stewart. Robert was born in Leon, Iowa, on December 31, 1941, to John Cowl and Gene Louge Stewart. He graduated from Leon High School and then went on to the University of Iowa where he earned a J.D. in 1965. He was married in Iowa City to Marilyn Leuz in 1964 and they were happily married for 29 years until her passing in 1993. Bob loved to live life and try new things. As a child, he was always busy riding horses, being an Eagle Scout and playing his trombone. Later in life, he loved skiing, scuba diving, wine tasting, tracking family genealogy, and taking trips to new places with his loving partner of 20 years, Mary Prow. Robert had several successful careers: he was county attorney of Decatur County Iowa for ten years, a local futures trader at the Chicago Board of Trade, and then founder and president of a real estate management company for the remainder of his life. 

Thomas A. Hickey
Thomas A. Hickey
Thomas A. Hickey, Jr. ("Tom") 78, died May 1, 2017 in Greenville, SC. Tom leaves behind Patricia, his wife of 56 years, his two daughters Sara (TenBroek) and Mary (McCauley), and grandchildren Jake, Tommy and Katie McCauley, and Grace and Elizabeth TenBroek. He also leaves behind his siblings John and David Hickey, Phyllis Howe and Marilyn Lolas, cousins, nieces, nephews, and many dear friends.

Born in Chicago on November 25, 1938, Tom was the eldest son of Ruth and Thomas Alanson Hickey. Growing up in Elgin, Tom attended Elgin High School where he was Class President and a graduate of Class of 1956. He entered Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and was chosen Sachem Orator for the graduating Class of 1960. Tom graduated from John Marshall Law School in 1967. He was licensed to practice law in Illinois and before the U.S. federal bench. Tom worked at American National Bank, G. H. Walker & Co. and G.H. Walker, Laird & Co., before joining the Union National Bank and Trust Company, in Joliet, Illinois, which was acquired by First Midwest Bancorp (FMBI). Tom rose to CEO of First Midwest Bank, Illinois where he was CEO, and a SVP and Director of First Midwest Bancorp. He was also Chairman and CEO of First Midwest Trust Company, Chairman of First Midwest Insurance Company and Chairman of First Midwest Asset Management Company. In 1993, Tom retired from FMBI and founded Prairie Asset Management Inc., an investment advisory business in Illinois. He was also an owner in several rural Illinois banks.