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Longtime Peoria lawyer Sidney D. Davidson passed away on Sunday, Dec. 28, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Mr. Davidson graduated from Manual High School and Bradley University. He received his law degree from the University of Illinois in 1939. He served in the Pacific during World War II, including stints at General MacArthur's headquarters in Manila and Tokyo. He was an active member of the Illinois State Bar Association, serving as a member of its Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Section Council. Click here to read the full obituary in the Post-Bulletin.
Elmore Boeger, 95, has died of congestive heart failure at Bridgeway Christian Village in Bensenville. Mr. Boeger was born and raised in Hillside. Mr. Boeger graduated from Proviso High School in 1932 and received his undergraduate and law degrees from Valparaiso University. He joined his father's Chicago law firm in 1938.
Mr. Boeger may be best known for coming up with the name Triton College as a way to acknowledge the three west Cook County high school districts that came together to create the near west suburban junior college. Mr. Boeger was on Triton's board for the River Grove school's first dozen years and liked the sound of Triton, said his son, Milton.
Click here to read the full obituary in the Chicago Tribune
Streator attorney Richard J. Berry, 57, died in a two-vehicle crash last night. Berry was first licensed to practice law in Illinois in 1977 and has been with the firm of Myers, Berry, O'Conor & Kuzma, which has offices in Streator and Ottawa. Berry's firm issued a statement expressing their sense of loss on Thursday morning. "The firm of Myers, Berry, O'Conor & Kuzma, Ltd. has lost a valued partner and friend in Richard J. Berry. Mr. Berry was a vigorous litigator dedicated to upholding the rights and interests of his clients. He will be missed, as will the passion he brought to all he did." Click here to read the obituary in the Ottawa Times.
Longtime ISBA member Bernard Grimes passed away last month at Martin Health Center, Bloomington. Bernard was a graduate of Trinity High School, Illinois State Normal University and the University of Illinois Law School. He practiced law in Bloomington his entire life. He was a member of Holy Trinity Church, Knights of Columbus, Bloomington Country Club and Lakeside Country Club, all in Bloomington. Click here to read the full obituary in the Bloomington Pantagraph.
D. Glenn Ofsthun, 85 of Barrington, died Dec. 9 at Brighton Gardens, Hoffman Estates. Visitation will be held on Thursday, Dec. 17, from 3-8 p.m. at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main, Lombard. Mr. Ofsthun will be lying-in-state on Friday, Dec. 18, from 10 a.m. until time of funeral service at 11 a.m. at Presbyterian Church of Barrington, 6 S. Brinker Road. Internment will be held at White Memorial Cemetery, Barrington. Born in Minneapolis in 1924, Mr. Ofsthun spent his childhood in Duluth, Minn., and his summers on the family farms in Morton, Minn. He graduated valedictorian of Denfield High School in Duluth in 1941 and received a scholarship to Harvard University. During his undergraduate years, he served in the Army Air Force Meteorology program in 1943 and then in the Army Airway Communications System. When WWII ended, he completed his undergraduate degree and continued on scholarship to Harvard Law School, graduating in 1950. Mr. Ofsthun met his wife, Audrey, and married in 1951. The Ofsthuns lived in Chicago until 1955 when they moved to Mount Prospect. In 1960, they moved to the Barrington area to raise their four daughters. Glenn enjoyed golf, fishing and travel. He worked at the law firm of Lord, Bissell & Brook from 1950 until 1956 where he specialized in will, tax and corporate law, and managed complex litigation and bankruptcies. He spent the rest of his career at Rooks, Pitts, Fullager and Poust, both as a senior partner and then as the managing partner, where he specialized in corporate and business law, including counsel for several large U.S. and multi-national companies. He was perhaps the only U.S. lawyer to manage a case in front of the House of Lords in London. Mr.
Longtime labor attorney Eugene Cotton passed away last month at his New York home. He was a major figure in the Chicago labor movement -- especially in the stockyards -- as general counsel of the United Packinghouse Workers of American from 1948-1968.
He negotiated contracts that guaranteed paid holidays, vacations of up to six weeks, large pay increases and some of the nation's first industrywide pension plans and medical insurance programs.
Read the full obituary in the Chicago Sun-Times
John P. Deege, 93, passed away last month at his Quincy home. He was born June 26, 1916, in Great Bend, Kan., a son of Fred and Myrtle Ireland Deege.
John was an attorney who practiced for over 50 years and retired in September of 2008. He was a graduate of Madison Grade School, Quincy High School, Illinois College at Jacksonville and the University of Illinois Law School. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1944-1946 and from 1950-1952 in the Korean War.
Read the full obituary in the Quincy Herald-Whig
William C. Butcher, formerly of Melrose Park, passed away on Nov. 28, 2009, at his home in Kent, Wash. Bill was born Jan. 30, 1924, in Rock Island. He married Velma Melton on Jan. 1, 1943, in Chicago. He served in the Army Air Corp in the South Pacific during WWII. He graduated from John Marshall Law School in 1953 and practiced law for 40 years. He enjoyed playing chess, and he loved the Lord. Having retired, Bill and Velma moved to Washington six years ago. Bill is survived by his brother, Ted, and sister, June; his daughter, Mary; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife and their daughter, Patricia. Burial will take place 9:00 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 5, 2009, at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Wash. Arrangements by Marlatt Funeral Home in Kent, Wash.
Longtime attorney John D. Drew died recently at his home in Benton.
Drew began his career as an attorney in 1979, and was a member of the Franklin County Bar Association and the Illinois Bar Association. “Many people didn’t realize the pro bono work that John did,” Muir noted. “I’ve had a dozen people tell me over the last few days that John had handled things for them and didn’t charge them a dime.”
Read the full obituary in the Benton Evening News.
Attorney John F. McCabe died on October 24, 2009, at age 51 at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge after a long battle with cancer. John was a man of integrity and humility, who dedicated his life to his family and profession. John graduated in 1984 from Ohio State School of Law. He spent 15 years at the Will County State's Attorney's Office where he served for several years as Supervisor of the Felony Division and Chief of White Collar Crimes Unit. John obtained verdicts in over 50 felony criminal cases and had 14 1st degree murder convictions. Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow said "John had a brilliant mind, a heart-felt compassion for others, a great sense of humor and a gracious but masterful ability to read people. These qualities made him a phenomenal prosecutor and an incredible human being. He never complained about his personal travails, but he was always the first to step up to help others. I'm a much better person for having known John McCabe." Former colleagues described John as a "truly fine thinker who worked tirelessly to bring about justice," a "quiet giant of the law," "tough but compassionate," and an "excellent lawyer but an even better person," who was "honest and honorable." John was recently employed at Codilis and Associates where John practiced real estate law representing mortgage bankers. According to his law firm, John's reputation in this area was "unparalleled." He handled contested litigation and was responsible for Cook and Will County matters. He was well respected by judges, colleagues and support staff.