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Michael J. Henshaw
Michael J. Henshaw
Michael J. Henshaw, 72, passed away Wednesday evening, March 22, 2017, at his residence. He was born Nov. 21, 1944, in Harrisburg, the son of the late A.J. Henshaw and Morean Elms Henshaw. He married the former Lavon Tanner on Nov. 25, 1995, and she survives.

Michael was a graduate of Carrier Mills High School in 1963 and attended Southeastern Illinois College where he graduated in 1965. He then attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale where he received his B.A. from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1967. Then he attended IIT Chicago Kent College of Law where he obtained his juris doctor degree in 1971 and was admitted to the Illinois bar the same year.

He ran for Saline County states atorney in 1972 and was elected and served through 1976. After serving this term he went into private practice for two years before becoming circuit judge of Saline County in 1978. He then was the presiding Circuit Judge from 1978 through 1998 and he became the chief judge of the First Judicial Circuit until his retirement in November 2006. In 2008 he again ran for Saline County states attorney being elected and currently held this position at the time of his death.

Michael attended First United Methodist Church in Harrisburg.

John Darrah
John Darrah
John Darrah, age 78, devoted husband, loving father of five, loving stepfather of five, proud grandfather of nineteen, and doting great-grandfather of three, passed away peacefully at his home March 23, 2017. Born on December 11, 1938, on Chicago's south side, Jack was the eldest son of Paul and Adele Darrah.

Following his graduation from Mt. Carmel High School, Jack went to Loyola University where he graduated with a degree in philosophy. Jack attended night school while working at the Chicago pipeyard. He graduated from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 1969. He served as an attorney for the Federal Trade Commission from 1969 to 1971. From 1971 until 1973, he was a deputy public defender for the DuPage County Public Defender's Office. Jack was a DuPage County assistant state's attorney from 1973 until 1976. Then, Jack went into private practice at Ryan & Darrah. In 1986, Jack was elected to serve in the State Court, assigned to the Chancery Division of the 18th Judicial Circuit, DuPage County. Jack served in this capacity until 2000, when he was appointed to the United States Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois by President Bill Clinton. In addition to his time on the bench, Jack served as an adjunct professor at Northern Illinois University College of Law and The John Marshall Law School. Jack remained active in the legal community mentoring countless attorneys throughout their careers.

Ward Phelps Fisher, 91, a fifty year resident of Oak Park, died peacefully on March 22, 2017. A lifelong Chicagoan, Ward was born May 26, 1925.

In his youth, he was president of his class at McKinley High School and an Eagle Scout. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in WWII and served as a lieutenant. He received his B.S. in political science from Northwestern University and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1952. He was a passionate defender of truth, justice, and freedom ,and fought in the courts and in life for social justice and individual and civil rights. He practiced law in the state of Illinois for more than 60 years.

Ward married his high school sweetheart, Rita Guerrieri, who was an educational psychologist, in 1947. He is survived by daughters Joan Carroll (Rick) of Alexandria Township, NJ; Lynn Fisher (David Kundla) of Austin, TX; Karen Fisher of Chicago; grandchildren Lindsay, Chelsea, Giancarlo and Margarita and great grandson Griffin.

A memorial visitation will be held on Thursday, April 6, from 4 - 8 p.m. at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St. in Oak Park. A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 7, at 4 p.m. at First United Church of Oak Park, 848 Lake Street.

John J. Caulfield J.D., age 85, of Oswego passed away on Monday, March 13, 2017, at his home. He was born on November 3, 1931 in Chicago, the son of John Patrick and Margaret (Noonan) Caulfield. John was united in marriage on April 11, 1953 to Rosemary D'Ambrosio. During their 63 years together John was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, and uncle who will be deeply missed by his family and many friends.

John was a 1954 graduate of Loyola University Chicago and a 1959 graduate of the Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He practiced law in Chicago for over 50 years. John was a Chicago attorney for Workmen's Benefit Fund of U.S.A., the former general counsel, Catholic Order of Foresters, and the former Outside Consulting Attorney to COF. He was a member of the Law Committee of NFCA, the Illinois Bar Association, the Kane County Bar Association, the Association of Fraternal Benefit Counsel, and former member of the Northwest Suburban Bar Association. John was the former secretary and treasurer of the Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly National Board and president of Chicago Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly. John served his country as a member of the United States Army from 1952 to 1954. He was a longtime member of St. Anne Catholic Church in Oswego, where he was chairman of the Administration Commission. John was a past Grand Knight - Damen-Hildebrand Council #650 Knights of Columbus. He was also an active supporter of the Misericordia Home in Chicago, IL.

C. Don Weston, 84, of Macomb passed away at 8:04 p.m. Friday, March 31, 2017, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy. He was born on February 22, 1933, at Phelps Hospital in Macomb to Dr. C.L. (Mike) and Joyce Clark Weston. He married Marjorie Graham Robb on October 3, 1965, in Chicago. She survives.

C. Don graduated from Western Lab School, Knox College in Galesburg, and Georgetown University Law School in Washington, D.C. He was a member of the Knox College ROTC and served in the U.S. Army. He is a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity; McDonough County Bar Association; the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) for over 50 years, where he received a certificate from the commemorating that accomplishment; McDonough County Republican Party; American Legion; WIU Leatherneck Club; and attended Monday Downtown Athletic Club lunches and the Macomb Elks. He served as assistant state attorney and was elected McDonough County state attorney.

He was a founding member of the Bears and Bulls stock club in Macomb, from which he recently retired. C. Don always lived in Macomb where he participated in many local committees and activities. He was the oldest practicing attorney in McDonough County, practicing for over 50 years. He was recently asked to serve as grand marshall of the 2017 Heritage Days parade.

David Kirk
David Kirk
David H. Kirk, 73, of Danville passed away suddenly on March 14, 2017, at his home.

David was born on Jan. 9, 1944, to Claude and Catharine (Strader) Kirk. He attended and graduated from Schlarman High School, the University of Illinois and John Marshall Law School in Chicago. David also took time during those years to enlist and serve in the U.S. Navy, where he was stationed on the aircraft carrier USS Independence during Vietnam.

Upon completing his military service and his education, David practiced law in a firm with other local attorneys. Following that, he opened his own private practice where he continued his 34-year career before his retirement in 2005.

David was a longtime member of Holy Family Catholic Church, The Knights of Columbus and American Legion Post 210.

David was a kind soul who thoughtfully sent a little note or card to someone he hadn't heard from in a while, or who might be in need of a friend. But more than anything else, he loved being at home with his wife Jackie and his two best friends, his fur babies Jesse and Billy.

David married Jackie Kirchoff on Aug. 21, 1992, in Danville and the two shared over 25 years together. He will be greatly missed by Jackie, his two sons Shane and Adam Kirchoff, his grandchildren Isaac and Amelia Kirchoff, brother Ronald Kirk, sisters Kathy (Dan) Strako and Rosemary Strebin, brothers-in-law Jeff (Lisa) Knapp and Mark (Marilyn) Knapp, several nieces, nephews and cousins. He also leaves behind countless close friends.

Candice M. Kane
Candice M. Kane
Candice Marie (Candy) Kane, 68, of Springfield, passed away on Friday, March 3, 2017 at her home.

Candice was born August 6, 1948 in Mamaroneck, NY, the daughter of Gregory and Velma Marie Sammarco Kane. She married Carol Corgan on May 8, 2014 at Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago.

Candice obtained her bachelor's degree from Wheaton, a women's college in Connecticut, attended Northwestern University, where she earned her Ph.D. in psychology, and later obtained her juris doctorate from Northern Illinois University. She worked as the executive director of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority until 2004, and retired in 2014 from University of Illinois at Chicago, Cure Violence, where she was C.O.O. Her career was devoted to social justice and ending violence. She loved work and her family of colleagues.

Candice was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Greg Kane. She is survived by her spouse, Carol Corgan of Springfield, and her cousin, David "Skip" Sammarco of White Plaines, NY, who was a favorite childhood friend.

James F. Ashenden, Jr.
James F. Ashenden, Jr.
James F. Ashenden, Jr., a 3rd generation Chicagoan, age 92, died surrounded by loving family on March 18, 2017. Beloved husband of Phyllis Ashenden for 11 years and the late Mary Jane “Janie” Ashenden for 55 years, who died in 2004. Loving father of Tom (Beverly), John (Maureen), Bob (the late Georjann), Bill (Beverly), Dan (Mary), and the late James Ashenden, III. Proud grandfather of Katie, Sean, Dana (Tyler Smith), Catherine (Joe) Bozikovich, Helen (Evan) Gremillion and Patricia, Daniel Burke and Emily Jane; and great grandfather of Riley Ann. Devoted brother of the late Dorothy (the late Robert) Brice.

Jim graduated from Loyola Academy and attended Notre Dame University while in the U.S. Navy Air Corps program during World War II. He received his bachelor’s degree and juris doctor degree from Loyola University. Jim was a World War II Navy pilot. He then started his legal career at the Cook County Public Defender’s Office. He went into private practice at O’Keefe, O’Brien & Hanson as an associate and eventually became a partner with the firm, then renamed O’Keefe, Ashenden, Lyons & Ward. As a devout Catholic, he was retained by the Daughters of Charity. He proudly represented them throughout most of his career. Jim was highly respected and went on to become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Jim retired from O’Keefe, Ashenden, Lyons & Ward when he was 70 years old. 

Jeffrey Andrew Walker
Jeffrey Andrew Walker
Jeffrey Andrew Walker died January 31, 2017, as a result of a very aggressive and debilitating form of cancer. He died at home in the loving care of his wife and son.

Jeff graduated from St. Ignatius High School Class of '74 iand s remembered by his classmates as a modest yet brilliant scholar-athlete. Jeff played varsity basketball; was highly ranked in his graduating class; an Illinois State Scholar; and won several State Latin Competitions. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College ('78) and a Juris Doctorate degree from Boston University Law School ('81). For thirty-four years Jeff offered his legal talents to defend those most in need first in the State Appellate Defender's Office and then with the Cook County Public Defender's Office in the Felony Trial Division with his last assignment in the Legal Resources Division which represents indigents in post conviction matters and appellate cases.

David C. Johnson
David C. Johnson
David C. Johnson, 79, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, in Carbondale. He was born Dec. 11, 1937, in Finley, North Dakota, to Ben and Mabel (Carlson) Johnson.

He graduated from Finley High School in 1955 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1959 from the University of North Dakota. He also was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the United States Army. David became a certified public accountant in 1960 and earned a Juris Doctorate degree in 1961 from University of North Dakota, where he was editor-in-chief of North Dakota Law Review. He earned the Masters of Law degree from University of Pennsylvania in 1964.

David married Karen Erdman on Sept. 9, 1962, in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at Willow City, North Dakota. They made their first home at Fort McPherson in Atlanta, Georgia, and subsequently lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Decatur, Georgia; and Norman, Oklahoma, until moving to Carbondale in 1975. Karen died on June 23, 2016.

David taught law for 40 years; first at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, from 1964 to 1971; then at University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma, from 1971 to 1975. He joined the School of Law at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 1975 as a member of the founding faculty. His teaching areas were tax law, estate planning and property law. He served five years as associate dean at the law school, and was a member of the Morris Library Friends and the Board of Visitors, which was instrumental in initiating the 2009-11 renovation and rebuilding of Morris Library. He was a past president and strong friend of the University Library support group.