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James Karraker
James Karraker
James “Larry” Karraker, 69, died at 5:03 p.m. on Thursday, June 15, 2017, at home. Larry was born on August 21, 1947, in Carbondale, the son of James C. and Moneada E. Karraker.

He was a 1965 graduate of Anna-Jonesboro High School and a 1969 graduate of Southern Illinois University majoring in political science. He obtained his law degree in 1972 from the University of Kentucky School of Law and began his legal career. He was a public defender in Alexander County, assistant state’s attorney in Union County and regional counsel for DCFS for southern 17 counties.

Larry was an avid reader and To Kill a Mockingbird was the inspiration for his dream to becoming an attorney. He was a skilled criminal defense attorney who loved the law and had a great sense of humor. He was a member of Cobden Masonic Lodge #466, a friend of Bill W and sponsored many who reached out to him. He shared his mother’s love of Cardinal Baseball, but his true passion was Kentucky Basketball. He was the first person awarded the Gazette Democrat Alumni of the Year Award in 1992 as an example of a successful person that high school graduates could emulate.

Larry touched many lives in many different ways. He will be missed by his family, friends, and clients.

He married Cindy (Sorrells) Swope in 1967 and shared three children. In 1996, he married Lorraine (Basler) Karraker and she survives. They blended their families and were blessed with six children and three grandchildren.

Robert Bard
Robert Bard
Robert E. Bard, 99, died on June 4, 2017, in Tempe, AZ. He grew up in Chicago and attended Tilden Technical High School, and graduated from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1940. During World War II, he served in the 1st Armored Division, in Algeria, Tunisia and Italy. He was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious achievement in 1943. After the war, he continued to serve in the Army Reserves, and retired as Lt. Col.

Mr. Bard graduated from Harvard Law School in 1948, and began practicing law at Wilson & McIlvaine in Chicago. In 1952, while working on a cigarette tax evasion case, he was appointed assistant attorney general of Illinois by Gov. Adlai Stevenson. Mr. Bard later worked for the Seng Co., Chicago, a manufacturer of furniture hardware, and he became president of the Seng Co. in 1966. He later received a MA from John Marshall Law School, Chicago, and practiced federal taxation law in Chicago with Bates, Dupree, Bard & Wilson.

He and his family were long-time residents of Park Ridge, and later Chicago. Mr. Bard and his wife Rosemary retired to Scottsdale, AZ in 1985. He lost Rosemary in 1997 due to cancer. Through a support group for those who had lost their spouses, Mr. Bard eventually met Marion Shaw, whom he married, and they spent 10 happy years together.

Mr. Bard is survived by his daughters Kathryn and Sara Bard, his grandson, Joshua Lazar, and stepchildren Leslie and Jeffrey Shaw.

Christopher McFadden
Christopher McFadden
Christopher R. McFadden, age 41, of Frankfort, Illinois, died Thursday, June 29, 2017, peacefully at his home.

Born in Joliet, Chris attended Joliet West High School. He graduated from Harvard in 1997, cum laude, where he was an editor of the Harvard Crimson newspaper. He earned his law degree, cum laude, from Northwestern School of Law in 2000 where he was on Law Review and earned Order of the Coif. Chris was a Federal District Law Clerk in Montgomery, Alabama, and he also clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. He worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in San Diego and Chicago from 2005-2016. Chris never lost a case. 

While at the U.S. Attorney's Office he was awarded an FBI Commendation, a National Crime Victims Certificate of Appreciation, and the Chicago Crime Commission Star of Distinction Award. He successfully prosecuted 28 cases, including a $600MM fraud case and a joint case with the Illinois Department of Securities involving $1B in funding.

Chris  worked at Northwestern University School of Law as an Adjust Lecturer from 2007-2012. He served on the Frankfort School Board and was its president from 2013-2015. He was re-elected to the Frankfort School Board in April 2017. He was an associate at the law firm of Mahoney, Silverman and Cross in Joliet.

Albert Hutmacher
Albert Hutmacher
Colonel Albert "Matt" Hutmacher of 2030 SE Wilmar Drive, Quincy, died June 27, 2017, at the age of 76. He was born December 21, 1940 in Quincy, a son to Paul and Evelyn (Hollenstine) Hutmacher. He married Mary Heidbreder on December 29, 1967. They were blessed with two children, Matthew and Gretchen, whom Matt was very proud of. 

Matt was a 1958 graduate of Quincy Notre Dame, attended Quincy University from 1958 to 1960, a 1962 graduate with honors of St. Louis University, and he received a J.D. from Northwestern University in 1965. He valued his education and was most fond of his time at SLU. 

Matt served in the United States Army and Illinois Army National Guard. During the Vietnam War, he served 19 months in the United States and South Vietnam. He was stationed at Long Binh and Saigon with the 1st Signal Brigade and subsequently with the 126th Supply & Service Company (DS) National Guard Company at Chu Lai. Matt retired as Colonel after 26 years of service. In the spring of 2016, with his secretary as his Guardian, the 126th (also known as "The Hallmark Unit") traveled together on the Great River Honor Flight. 

Hon. Craig H. DeArmond, Chief Judge of the Fifth Judicial Circuit, has been assigned as an Appellate Court Justice in the Fourth Judicial District. The assignment  takes effect on September 1, 2017, and will continue until further order of the Court.

"I am pleased to announce the assignment of Judge Craig DeArmond to the Fourth District Appellate Court. Judge DeArmond has many years of experience that have amply prepared him for the work of the appellate court," Illinois Supreme Court Justice Rita B. Garman said. "His background includes eight years as Vermilion County State’s Attorney and several years in private practice representing criminal defendants and clients in civil matters. He was elected in 2015 to serve as Chief Judge in the Fifth Judicial Circuit. Judge DeArmond has served on the Supreme Court Committee on Education for several years and is a frequent presenter at judicial education programs. He will make a fine addition to the appellate court."

Anthony Joseph Gregorio, 96, of Batavia, beloved husband of the late Martha (Peters) died peacefully at his home on Thursday, May 25, 2017, surrounded by his family. Anthony was born on February 10, 1921, in Chicago, the son of Angelo and Philomena (Nicoletti). He married Martha Peters on May 8, 1954, in Chicago and they celebrated 58 years of marriage until her death in 2012.

He spent his career as an attorney and claims superintendent for State Farm Insurance. He maintained an active law license up until his death. He was an arbitrator for Cook County and Kane County mandatory arbitration. He was honored with a citation for his ethical behavior as an attorney for over 50 years. He proudly served in the United States Army (World War II) as a medical technician during the Guadalcanal Campaign and the Liberation of the Philippines. He was grateful to participate in an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. in recognition of his service. Anthony was an active member of the Cursillo Movement in the Joliet Diocese for more than 25 years. He was also a member of the Glen Ellyn Rotary. 

Charles C. Brewer of Silver Spring, MD, passed away on May 10. He was born in Aurora on October 21, 1937, the son of Rev. Jonathan Brewer and Arietta Dyer Brewer.

Charles graduated from East Aurora High School in 1955 where he was an outstanding student, played trombone in the band and orchestra, and also participated in cross country and track. Following graduation he attended Oberlin College (Ohio) for one year and then Aurora College for two years. After serving in the army from 1961-1963, he was employed as an analyst by Automatic Electric Company until August 1968. He then enrolled at Northern Illinois University and received his BA in 1970. In 1972 he received a MBA from Indiana University. Then he enrolled in law school at the University of Illinois and in 1975 received his J.D.

Following law school Charles was a professor at North Carolina A&T University, Greensboro, NC, where he taught business for two years. During this time period he also passed the bar exam. In 1977 he moved to Chicago and was employed as a manager at U.S. League of Savings Association. Then, in January 1981 he moved to Silver Spring, MD, and was employed by the Office of Thrift Supervision, a division of the Treasury Department and retired in August, 2015.

Charles was active in Toastmasters and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History and was a Frederick Douglass Scholar. He was a prodigious genealogist, an expert in Civil War Pension files and gave lectures at several conferences. A lover of music he also sang in several choral groups.

He is survived by his daughters Maya Ansong (Charles) and Ashley Childs, his son Joshua Childs and four grandchildren.

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.