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David Ellis Robinson
David Ellis Robinson
David Ellis Robinson, 79, of Jacksonville, passed away Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, at Heritage Health.

He was born, April 15, 1937, in Clinton, to Guy Truman Robinson and Dorothy Ellis Robinson.

He attended Clinton Community High School (Class of 1955) and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Illinois College in 1959. He was a member of Phi Alpha Literary Society, Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society for Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Pi Kappa Delta, the National Forensics Fraternity. He attended University of Illinois College of Law, receiving his law degree in June 1962. He was a member of the Illinois State Bar Association. He actively served in the United States Navy at Great Lakes Naval Station and the Naval Justice School in Newport Rhode Island, attaining the rank of lieutenant. Following an honorable discharge from active duty, he continued to serve in the Naval Reserve until his honorable discharge in 1974.

David Koski
David Koski
David D. Koski, 72, of Rockford went up to heaven on Saturday, September 17, 2016. Born August 8, 1944, in DeKalb, IL to Carl and Dora (Mosher) Koski. David married his sweetie, Gail Sherven, on December 15, 1973. Together, they raised four kids, of whom he was immensely proud, Lisa (Dawn) Koski of Janesville, WI, John (Christy) Koski of Wichita Falls, TX, Katie (Gordie) Johnson of Roscoe, IL and Daniel (Paola) Koski currently of Tirana, Albania.

Gregory Andrew Brown
Gregory Andrew Brown
Gregory Andrew Brown, 47, of Sycamore completed his life story on September 11, 2016 after a fierce nine-month battle with cancer. 

Greg entered the world in Newport News, Virginia on October 2, 1968, son of Virginia and Ralph Brown. He spent much of his childhood living abroad in Spain, relocating for a short time to Beaumont, Texas before moving to Barrington, Illinois after finishing middle school. He attended Barrington High School where he met his future wife Donna and proceeded to follow her to the University of Illinois (though he might tell a slightly different version of the story). After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, he headed to DeKalb where he attended law school at Northern Illinois University. He graduated in 1993 and was sworn into the Illinois Bar the same year. 

James Brooks Kinzer
James Brooks Kinzer
James Brooks Kinzer, age 92 - husband of the late Vaida; responsible and caring father of his children Jamie of Los Angeles; James Brooks (Margaret Morris), a Circuit Court judge in Watseka, Illinois; John Byron (Mary Kate Tobin), a physician in Lake Forest, Illinois; and twins Margaret Kirk (John Meyers) of Philadelphia, and Janet Deering (Alan Abrams), a librarian at the Library of Congress - passed away peacefully on Friday, September 2.

Born on July 10, 1924 in Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania, to James "Brooks" Kinzer and Lillian Williams, Jim is best remembered as intelligent, resourceful, and truly one-of-a kind, not to mention a "character" by those who knew him well. His final years were spent in Lake Bluff where he became known simply as "granddad" to his family and the community. Jim could often be seen whipping around in his motor scooter at the age of 85. An adventurist, Jim's best known phrase, "Ain't life grand," was indicative of his enthusiastic love and curiosity for the natural world.

Charl Kenneth Stowe, age 64 of Greenville, passed away 11:11 p.m. Friday, August 12, 2016 in Good Samaritan Hospital, Mt. Vernon, Illinois.

Charl Kenneth, the son of Carl Henry and June Wood Stowe, was born October 4, 1951. He lived in Greenville and is survived by his siblings: Marilyn Stowe, Rus-Daniella Weissman and husband Rabbi Abe, and Dr. Charlotte Rosenak. Charl was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Ben Stowe in 2001.

Services have been held. Memorials may be made to Call To Greatness ministry or Bond County Humane Society.

William A. Schroeder
William A. Schroeder
Professor William A. Schroeder, 73, passed away at 6:41 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

He was born March 19, 1943, to Arthur Carl and Rolande (Legault) Schroeder in Chicago.

William graduated from York High School in 1961. He was a Fulbright Scholarship recipient and attended the University of Illinois where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Juris Doctor Degree. He then went on to earn his LLM from Harvard University. William was a member of U.S. Supreme Court in addition to multiple U.S. District Courts, U.S. Court of Appeals and many State Bars. Prior to his career in academia he practiced law in Boston, Massachusetts and Rochester, New York. Before coming to Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, where he joined the faculty in 1984, he taught at multiple universities in Boston, Missouri and Alabama. Since arriving at SIU School of Law he has been a cherished member of the community. He was an esteemed teacher and scholar, and was loved by his family, friends, colleagues, and students.

Henry Jackson Burt Jr.
Henry Jackson Burt Jr.
Henry Jackson Burt Jr. passed away on August 25, 2016. Beloved husband of Diane "Dini" for 58 years. Loving father of Henry J. (Linda) Spring Valley, IL, Stephen M. (Emily) Glen Ellyn, IL and Cynthia Burt Lafuente. Preceded in death by his parents Henry and Yvonne and also his daughter Cynthia. Grandfather of Madeleine Burt, Claire Burt and John Burt. Fond brother of Patricia B. Tylman (Vince). Uncle of several nieces and nephews.

Henry attended Wheaton Community High School, Yale University and Northwestern School of Law. Henry was a partner of the former law office of Rathje-Woodward-Dyer & Burt. Henry was president of the Chairmans Club of the B.R. Ryall YMCA, president of the Glen Ellyn Jaycees. Served 7 years on the Glen Ellyn Park Board and was president of the DuPage County Bar Association. 

William L. Turner
William L. Turner
William L. Turner, 91, formerly of Shelbyville, IL., died at 1 a.m. Monday, August 22, 2016.

Mr. Turner was born on January 19, 1925, in Cowden, IL., the son of Carl A. and Dorothea L. (Turney) Turner.

He graduated from Herrick High School in the Class of 1942 and was a U. S. Army-Air Force veteran of WW II.

He married Ruth I. Beck of rural Herrick on August 20, 1949, in Albany, CA.

Mr. Turner matriculated at the University of Illinois. In 1950, he graduated from the U of I law school and was admitted to the Illinois Bar Association. Mr. Turner opened his law practice in Shelbyville in 1953. He was a member of the Herrick United Methodist Church, Herrick, IL., and was a Past Master of Jackson Masonic Lodge #53 A.F. and A.M. of Shelbyville, IL.

He is survived by his two daughters, Elisa Anne Turner (Eric S. Smith, MD) of Coral Gables, FL.; and Susan Turner Mathew (Ivan K. Mathew) of Paradise Valley, AZ.; brother, Fred E. Turner (Mary) of Herrick, IL.; and three grandchildren: Grant Stanton Smith of Miami, FL.; Margaret Susan Smith Logan (Josh) of Miami, FL.; and Gabrielle (Abbey) Mathew of Paradise Valley, AZ.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ruth I. Turner on December 23, 2013; brothers, Lee Roger Turner and George A. Turner; and grandson, Marshall Mathew.

Services have been held. Memorials may be given to the Herrick United Methodist Church. Send condolences at www.howeandyockey.com.

Gary W. Klages
Gary W. Klages
Gary W. Klages, age 58 of Cary passed away August 30, 2016 after a long battle with cancer. A graduate of the John Marshall Law School, Klages retired in August from the Law Office of Daniel E. Goodman LLC in Rosemont.

Klages began his career as a Sangamon County assistant state's attorney before representing defendants and plaintiffs in personal-injury litigation for several decades.

Klages attended the University of Nebraska, graduating in 1979, he went on to attend John Marshall Law School receiving his Juris Doctorate in 1982 and was admitted to the that same year. He was a member of the Federal Bar in the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois, the Central District of Indiana, the Illinois State Bar Association and the United States Supreme Court. Gary did not just “practice law” he possessed a true love of the profession. His dedication to his clients and his commitment to serving the bar with the utmost integrity and professionalism was evident throughout his life and continued throughout his courageous five year battle with cancer.

He is survived by his partner Charlotte Dioguardi, his children: Kyle, Kimberly, Carly and Brandon as well as a sister Lisa Klages and a brother Dan (Stacey)) Klages.

Visitation will be held on Friday, September 2, 2016 from 4:00 until 8:00 PM at the Kahle-Moore Funeral Home, 403 Silver Lake Rd., Cary. A Funeral Mass will be offered on Saturday, September 3rd at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 410 First St., Cary.
 

Peter R. Sonderby
Peter R. Sonderby
Peter R. Sonderby - formerly of Chicago, and most recently residing in Grand Beach, MI and Naples, FL, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 17, 2016, after a year-long struggle with cancer. He was 75 years old.

Peter is survived by his beloved wife of 26 years the Honorable Susan Pierson Sonderby (Ret.) of Grand Beach, MI and Naples, FL; daughter Kathleen (Richard Ross) Sonderby of Mill Valley, CA, son Christopher (Jill) Sonderby of Menlo Park, CA, and daughter Jennifer (Seth Blacher) Sonderby of San Francisco, CA; grandchildren Eliza, Lauren and Graham Ross, Max and Madeline Sonderby and Ari and Leo Blacher; brother Michael (Pam) Sonderby of Naples, FL; sister-in-law Tina Sonderby of Long Beach, IN; and nieces and nephews Brett (Lisa) Sonderby, Amy (Jeff) Kontir, Max (Glaucia) Sonderby, Elizabeth Sonderby and Robert (Carol) Sonderby. Peter was preceded in death by his parents, Max E. and Mary E. (Sjostrom) Sonderby, and his brother Stephen Sonderby.