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John Gordon Postweiler, age 70 of Palos Park, passed away on June 2, 2017. He was the beloved husband of Margaret (nee Behrens) for 36 years and the loving father of Gregory G. (Catherine) Postweiler. He was the cherished brother of Joyce (Charles) Duesing and fond brother-in-law of Nancy Roko. He was the devoted and loving uncle of Blain Duesing, Chaney Roko, Ellyde (Darnell) Thompson, Jonathan (Sophal) Roko, and the late Jasmine Roko as well as great-uncle to nieces and a nephew. John was preceded in death by his parents Gordon and Dorothy Postweiler, formerly of Blue Island. A dedicated attorney, John was a loyal friend, willing confidant, and sage counselor. 

David A. North was born in Rockford on November 20, 1929, the son of Frank P. and Rhoda Woodman North, passed away in Florida on June 3, 2017. He graduated from Rockford West High School, where he was recipient of the American Legion Citizenship Award. He attended University of Wyoming on a football scholarship, then transferred to University of Arizona, where he was captain of the golf team. Following graduation, he became a naval officer and served in Korea as a fighter pilot aboard the USS WASP aircraft carrier. After his military service, he attended the University of Illinois School of Law, where he earned his J.D. He was a practicing attorney in Rockford for many years following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Attorney Harry North and his father, Attorney Frank North. He was a member of Rockford Country Club, Kiwanis Club, and served on the board of Winnebago County Department of Health. 

Clyde B. Hendricks
Clyde B. Hendricks
Clyde B. “Sandy” Hendricks, known by his family and friends as “Butch”, 65, of Peoria, IL, passed away on June 15, at home in Peoria. He was born on June 22, 1951, in Peoria, IL, to Clyde and Sarah Hendricks.

Sandy loved spending time with his fiancée and her family, particularly having a special soft spot for the grandkids. He also adored his three canine companions. He will also be missed by his law office family.

A proud Peorian, Sandy was a Peoria Central High School and Illinois Central College graduate, going on to graduate from Bradley University in 1976 and later earn his juris doctor from the University of Illinois in 1992. An attorney in private practice, Sandy most recently served as counsel for Trademark Title Services, LLC in Peoria. Prior to that, he was employed as Central Illinois regional counsel for First American Title Insurance Company, and also worked for 12 years at the Peoria County Supervisor of Assessments where he received the distinction of “Certified Illinois Assessing Official”. In his early years, Sandy worked as a radio disc jockey.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving during the Vietnam War.

Morton Freer Dorothy III, 69, of Mount Vernon passed away on Friday, June 16, at his residence in Mount Vernon.He was born on April 2, 1948, in Mount Vernon to parents Morton Freer Dorothy Jr. and Lou Ann (Grant) Dorothy. He married Claudia Minor on Aug. 8, 1981, in Mount Vernon.

Morton worked as an attorney in a private practice and served on the Illinois Pollution Control Board, penning many of the state's environmental regulations. He was an honorary merit scholar for his high academic achievements while at Mount Vernon High School. Morton was awarded the Champaign County Bar Association Pro Bono Award and was a self-proclaimed advocate for hopeless causes, doing whatever he could to always help people in need.

He had a great work ethic and endlessly kept himself busy, which is evident through his many hobbies and interests. He was a renaissance man and amateur carpenter, historian, genealogist and naturalist.

George Colias, 89, founder and president of Century Broadcasting Corp., died Tuesday, June 13, 2017 in Deerfield. Mr. Collias served as a U.S. Army paratrooper toward the end of World War II and was in active duty in the Army Reserves for twenty eight years. He graduated from Northwestern University and Loyola University School of Law, and had a five-year career as a lawyer at Baker McKenzie. He then launched a broadcasting company, Century Broadcasting. In 1964, Collias and a college buddy bought their first FM radio station in St. Louis, Missouri. Over the next 34 years, Century Broadcasting, a Chicago-based company headquartered in the John Hancock building, grew its broadcasting empire playing rock, jazz and easy listening over the air waves in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Boston, Dallas, Detroit, St. Louis, and Tampa. When deregulation loosened ownership of radio broadcasting in the 1990s, Collias sold the company's final hometown station, WPNT-FM, in 1996. Mr. Collias was a leader at the Hellenic Foundation, and an active member of Leadership 100, an endowment fund for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese that supports the ministries of the church. 

Richard Marks Joy, 73, of Champaign passed away peacefully in the company of family and friends on Monday, July 3, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana after complications from pancreatic cancer.

Richard was a graduate of York High School in Elmhurst, the University of Michigan, and the University of Illinois College of Law, where he was an editor of the law review.

He clerked for Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert C. Underwood, was a former partner at the law firm of Dobbins, Fraker, Tennant, Joy, & Perlstein in Champaign, and a current partner at Tummelson Bryan & Knox in Urbana, with a practice focusing on business transactions, commercial and residential real estate, as well as workers' compensation.

He was an active member of the community, chairing committees and serving on various boards .

Hon. Maxwell Stewart
Hon. Maxwell Stewart
The Honorable Max B. Stewart, 95, of Galesburg, formerly of Hamilton, died at 7:54 a.m. Friday, June 9, 2017 in Galesburg Cottage Hospital.

He was born Aug. 31, 1921, in Keokuk, Iowa, the son of Robert and Mildred (Foelker) Stewart. He married Dolores R. Dulak in December 1946, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She preceded him in death in October 1983. He later married Martha Schrage Kirchner on May 18, 1985, in Carthage. She preceded him in death April 2, 2013.

Max graduated from Hamilton High School in 1939 and from Carthage College in 1943. In 1941, typical of his generation, he answered the call to service and enlisted in the United States Navy following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. His enlistment was deferred until his graduation from college, at which time he was commissioned an officer. He served until being discharged in 1946. He served with the Amphibious Navy as a skipper on flat bottomed vessels. He and his crew navigated the Pacific Ocean, some 6,000 miles, from Hawaii to Okinawa, Japan.

After the war, he attended Case Western Reserve Law School in Cleveland, Ohio, where he graduated with his Juris Doctorate in 1948. He returned to Illinois and practiced law in Hancock County. He was elected State's Attorney in 1956. He was a career prosecutor until being elected a Circuit Judge in 1974. In 1981, he was elected Chief Judge of the Circuit. He served until retiring in 1988.

Kenneth Vander Leest
Kenneth Vander Leest
Kenneth F. Vander Leest, 89, of Peoria passed away at 4:26 a.m. Monday, May 29, 2017, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born May 13, 1928, in Mitchellville, Iowa, to Arthur and Marie (de Reus) Vander Leest, he married Sondra D. Matthew on September 10, 1955, in Pekin.

He was a United States Army veteran. A graduate of Iowa Wesleyan in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, he received his law degree from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. He was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
Kenneth was an attorney for Caterpillar, Inc. for over 35 years, working in Switzerland for five years and in Peoria. 

Kenneth enjoyed golfing, playing bridge and hiking in Arizona. He was a fan of the Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes.

Daniel A. Weiler, 68, of Elgin, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 3, 2017 after living courageously with ALS for nine years. Dan was born in Oak Park, IL to George and Bernice Weiler on October 19, 1948. He attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary North High School, graduating in 1966. He went on to attend Niles College Seminary and Loyola University, graduating in 1970. Dan earned his J.D. from John Marshall Law School in 1976, and spent his career as an attorney at Law in Elgin.

He was a forty year member of the Elgin Lions Club, and among his many volunteer works throughout that time were his service as a member of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Elgin, his service on the City of Elgin Planning and Zoning Commission, and his service as the chairman of the Catholic Foundation for the People of the Diocese of Rockford.

Dan is preceded in death by his Mother, Bernice Weiler; Father, George Weiler; and nephew Stephen Villeneuve. Dan is survived by his wife, Carol Weiler of Elgin; children Michael (Jocelyn) Weiler of Elgin, Sarah (Bob Mullenbach) Weiler of Denver, CO; grandchildren Abe, Grace, Ava, Cole, Emily, Marcus, Levi, and Annie; siblings Martha (Dan) Meyer, Marian (Vic) Villeneuve, Anne (Joe) Koron, Tom (Lynn) Weiler, and Gerry (Ellen) Weiler; several beloved nieces and nephews; and his beloved caregiver Rashana Robertson. 

Jack Kuhlman
Jack Kuhlman
Jack Frank Kuhlman, 77, of Parker, CO, passed away peacefully April 23, 2017 after a valiant battle with cancer. He leaves his loving wife of 56 years, Vera Ann Kuhlman and his devoted children: son, John F. Kuhlman, (Parker, CO) and daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth Ann and Rodolfo Gonzalez (Richardson, TX). He is also survived by three grandchildren: Alejandra Gonzalez, Hayden Kuhlman and Jessica Kuhlman; Sisters-in-law: Laura Collis Antrim, Vicky Collis Benson, Jonnina Collis Benson; Brother-in-law: David E. Antrim; Nieces: Amy McCurry, Jane Tilly; Nephews: Michael Antrim, Ted Antrim, Tom Benson, Andy Benson, John Benson.

Jack was born October 22, 1939 in Saint Louis, MO to parents Frank H. and Edna Postel Kuhlman. He graduated from Southwest High School in St. Louis, and from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri in 1961 with a B.A. in Sociology. A member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, he served as president; president of the IFC; received the Outstanding Senior Award; and Who’s Who Among Students. Jack graduated from Chicago-Kent College of Law (IIT), Chicago, IL in 1967 with a Juris doctor degree. He was a member of the Law Review and was president of his senior class.

He was employed by Continental Casualty Company, Chicago, IL, as an organizational analyst (1962-67). Admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois (1967), Federal Court and The Supreme Court of the United States (1972) he was in private practice with Collis and Kuhlman, Hinsdale (1967-2000) concentrating on estates; trusts & wills; real estate; family law; zoning and small business matters.