Sunday, November 11, 2012

Veterans Day 2012

Last Memorial Day, Bob and Pam Shewmaker visited Quantico National Cemetery and paid tribute to our classmate, Bob Willis (1940-2001), a career Marine officer who served in Vietnam. We 58's will remember him as a star athlete and gifted point guard, who helped take us to the State tournament.

The two Bobs were friends at West Grand and Butler schools and played hours of football, baseball and basketball, often on the West Grand playground across from the Willis home. 

Bob Shewmaker took these pictures and wanted to share them with his friend's widow, Olivet Willis, and classmates. We're pleased to post them on this Veteran's Day of 2012, as a tribute to all who have served our country, in war and peace. 

Friday, October 12, 2012

Leslie Heineke Sandlin

SAVANNAH, GA - Leslie Ann Sandlin passed away October 10, 2012 under the care of Hospice Savannah and in the presence of her devoted husband of 47 years, Robert Sandlin.

Leslie was born in Springfield, Illinois to Julia McNulty Heineke and Henry L Heineke. Her early education was in Springfield and she was presented at the Beaux Arts Ball in 1957. She attended Beloit College in Wisconsin and Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. 

She was a twenty year resident of Savannah, a wonderful homemaker, and a loving wife who always put family and friends first. It was a lucky person who sat at her table or spent time as a guest in her home. Leslie loved her books, the N Y Times crossword puzzle, water aerobics, and a good tomato. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her. Her daughter, Leigh Ann Golis Sandlin, and her sister, Joyce Heineke, preceded her in death.

Besides her husband, Leslie is survived by two children; Michael R Sandlin of Kennesaw, Georgia and Gail A Sandlin of Aurora, Colorado; four grandchildren Robert Young, Jessica Espino, Robert Golis and Preston Golis; one great grandchild Adrian Espino; her brother Roger Heineke of Swanton, Ohio; a niece and two nephews, Reece, Regan, and Randy Heineke; and a first cousin, Betty Lee Chornyei.

A memorial service will be held at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel, located at 4605 US Hwy 80 East on Whitemarsh Island, at 3PM Monday, October 15, 2012. After the service, the family would like for friends to join them for a reception at Jones Square condominiums, 323 West Jones Street in Savannah.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Leslie's name to the American Cancer Society, 6600 Abercorn St., Suite 206, Savannah, GA 31405. Please sign the on-line guest book at

Published in The State Journal-Register on October 12, 2012

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tom Martin

E. Thomas (Tom) Martin, 72, of Hiawatha, Iowa, died Sunday, September 16, 2012, at St. Luke's Hospital, Cedar Rapids. Graveside services: 11 a.m. Friday, September 21, 2012, at Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois, with military honors. A celebration of life will follow from 1-3 p.m. on Friday at Camelot Reception Center, 1550 Recreation Drive in Springfield, Illinois. 

A second celebration of life will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, September 30, 2012, at Chappy's Safari Lounge, 229 16th Avenue SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Arrangements are with Stewart Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Survivors include his wife, Judy; daughter, Dina Martin of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; sons, Andy (Kela) Nagel of Acton, California and Derek (Cari) Crifasi of Springfield, Illinois; brother, Ken (Maxine) Martin of Springfield, Illinois; sister, Donna (Tom) Strode of Bath, Illinois; and grandchildren, Allisha and Halley Martin, Nino Crifasi, Chelsea Hudspeth, and Jake Nagel.

Tom was born May 29, 1940, in Springfield, Illinois, the son of John and Edna (Ihlenfeldt) Martin. Tom attended Springfield High School before he entered the US Navy in 1957, serving four years and attaining the rank of Petty Officer 3rd Class. In 1974, Tom married Judy Dunseth in Springfield, Illinois. Before retiring, Tom worked in sales at Hometown Restyling in Cedar Rapids.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jack, Bill, and David; and son, Drew Crifasi. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Luke's Hospice, 290 Blairs Ferry Road NE, Suite 100, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402, in memory of Tom. Please sign the online guest book and share a memory about Tom at

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Lincoln Balloon Festival 2012

Here's a few photos of some of the many balloons at the Lincoln Balloon Festival.   The "ladybug" was sitting on a yellow flower.  This pilot came the farthest to participate--he was from New York.  

The blue balloon was tethered and giving rides to folks who wanted to go up for a few minutes.  

You can see several people helping with the yellow, orange, and red striped one.   They are always looking for volunteers and it's a fun thing to do. 

The group balloon photo was taken after dark when the "balloon glow" was held.   A commentator encourages everyone to do a countdown and all the pilots turn on the propane jets simultaneously.  

It's good family fun.   Weather was perfect.  Hot and dry and just a little breeze.    The ones who had been there before brought folding chairs.   We lucked out and found an empty bale of hay to sit on. 

Diane Gurgens Urbanckas '58

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Ron L. Dunkel, Sr.

SHERMAN - Ron L. Dunkel, Sr., 72, of Sherman died at 1:52 pm, Thursday, August 16, 2012 at Memorial Medical Center, surrounded by his family and friends. He was born July 21, 1940 in Springfield, Illinois to Richard and Maxine Shaffer Dunkel. He married Sandy Eells on December 31, 1993 and she survives him. His parents preceded him in death.

Also surviving are one son, Ron Dunkel, Jr. of Sherman; three step-sons, Andrew Mercer of Sherman, Alexander (fiancé Jessica Walker) of Athens and Greg Osing of Springfield; three grandchildren, Logan Mercer, Kierrah Walker and Whitney Dunkel; brother, Donald Dunkel of New Mexico; brother-in-law, Mike Eells of Naples, FL; sister-in-law, Amy Vena of Homewood, IL and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ron was a U. S. Air Force Veteran serving from 1957-1962. He was a member of the 170th Fighter Squadron of the Illinois Air National Guard and was deployed in 1961 during the Berlin Crisis. He was a member of Koke Mill Christian Church. He loved cooking and won several Chili Cook-offs and was known for his BBQ Ribs. He enjoyed spending time in his pool, Sunday family dinners and researching Springfield History.

Ron owned an Automobile Dealership, "Ron Dunkel Motors," and had previously owned Mobile World in Springfield. He was former president of the Illinois Manufactured Housing Association and the Illinois Independent Auto Dealers Association. He was a lobbyist with the Illinois Independent Auto Dealers Association and was a member of the American Legion Post 32.

Visitation: 4-6 pm, Sunday, August 19, 2012 at Staab Funeral Home.
Lie-in-State: 9:30-10 am, Monday, August 20, 2012 at Koke Mill Christian Church.
Funeral Service: 10 am, Monday, August 20, 2012 at Koke Mill Christian Church with pastor Stan Summers officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Koke Mill Christian Church Building Fund.
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Published in The State Journal-Register on August 18, 2012

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Kay Keyes Millhon

Kay Keyes Millhon born July 2, 1938, died peacefully at Enso House on Monday January 30, with her husband Jerry Millhon and friend Dana Kelly at her side.

Kay was born in the small town of Page, North Dakota, near Fargo, where she spent her childhood. She and her husband Jerry moved to Whidbey Island in 1994 after a brief stay in Kirkland, preceded by many years in Toledo, Ohio. Kay worked as a Development Officer at Maumee Valley Country Day School, as an assistant at the Cleveland Foundation, and as assistant to the President of Bowling Green State University before moving with Jerry to the Northwest. 
Her ultimate work of love, however, was as a team member at the Whidbey Institute where she was rightly credited for far more than she really believed she did in the early years of the Institute. What made that experience so special were the community relationships she built over the years, both at the Institute and with so many wonderful people on Whidbey Island. She joined the staff in 1996 and resigned in November of 2004, gleefully joining her husband whose work took him to San Francisco, a city where she had spent many years after leaving Fargo.

Kay and her husband loved each other deeply, she loved reading, she loved her brother Jerry, she loved crosswords, she loved her grandchildren and her immediate family and she always had a suitcase at the ready for travel. Her gracious warmth and remarkable care for others, her deep understanding of many things not easily seen, her calmness in any given situation and her deep laugh will be missed.

She leaves her brother and sister-in-law Jerry and Gayle Keyes from Orange, California, her sisters-in-law Alice Millhon, Owaneco, Il, Marti Mather Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, and Betsy Calder from Ocala, Florida. She leaves four grandchildren through Jerry's former marriage, two of whom she was fortunate to come to know and love unconditionally, Harper Prud'homme and Margot Prud'homme granddaughters of Jerry's daughter Elizabeth Polk and her husband Sam Prud'homme from Seattle, WA. Her other grandchildren, who she dearly loved, Lucy and Henry Millhon from Waccabuc, New York, are children of Jerry's son Drew Millhon and his wife Kim.

A celebration of Kay's life was held at the Thomas Berry Hall at the Whidbey Institute on February 26, 2012. Kay suggested that in lieu of flowers to send support to either the Whidbey Institute Box 57 Clinton, WA; to Enso House, 6339 Wahl Road, Freeland, WA 98249; to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, or to a charity of your choice.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Mary Wolf Thomas

Mary Wolf Thomas, 70, of Springfield passed away Monday, June 18, 2012 at her home.
She was born July 14, 1941 in Springfield, the daughter of Joseph and Margaret Hanlon Wolf. On Dec. 21, 1991 she married H. Stanley Thomas, the father of her daughter, Amy Jo Wolf. He preceded her in death on May 3, 2011. She is also preceded in death by her parents.
Mary was a 1959 Graduate of Ursuline Academy. She went on to attend St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing and graduate in 1962. She graduated from the College of St. Francis in 1984, receiving her bachelor degree in nursing. Mary was a registered nurse and worked in many aspects of health care professions until her retirement.
She was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church where she attended in recent years and, as a Springfield native, was an active participant in both Blessed Sacrament and Cathedral parishes during her lifetime.
Mary is survived by her daughter, Amy Jo Wolf of Springfield; grandson, Halen James Thomas Wolf; sister, M. Jane Jabusch of Riverton; several nieces, nephews, great niece and nephews; and one great-great niece.
Cremation rites have been accorded. Friends may call Sunday, June 24 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Boardman-Smith Funeral Chapel. A memorial mass will be held Monday, June 25 at 10:00 Christ the King Catholic Church. Msgr. David S. Lantz will be officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Memorial donation may be made to the charity of the donor choice.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

55th Reunion Plans

The '58 Reunion Committee met today at the Springfield Motor Boat Club to plan our 55th Reunion. Folks are updating the master list of addresses, phone numbers, and emails. If your information has changed, expect mail or a call soon. The Reunion dates are September 6-8, 2013, the weekend following Labor Day. 

Pictured here are (back) Mary Houghton Elberson, Judy Vicars Van Hagen, Judy McGaw Lewis, John Brownback, Ann Tobin Hart; (front) Diane Gurgens Urbanckas, Keith Schnepp, Janet Frederick, and Carolyn Baldwin Quinlan. Mark your calendars!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mary Eleanor Carmody

Mary Eleanor Carmody, 88, of Springfield, died at 7:20 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at St. John's Hospital. Mary was born September 1, 1923 in Litchfield, IL, but lived in Springfield nearly all of her life. She was the daughter of M. Louis and Mayme McKeon Carmody. She was preceded in death by her parents and by one sister, Constance "Connie" Collins.

She is survived by a sister, L. Jeanne Carmody and a brother, Michael (wife, Patricia) Carmody, both of Springfield. She is also survived by three nieces, Colleen (husband, Doug) Hyde of Oneida, IL, Cathleen (husband, Brian) Gawthorp of Illiopolis, and Kathleen Carmody of Maple Grove, MN; five nephews, Michael (wife, Casey) Collins of Virginia, Kevin (wife, Sue) Collins of Peoria, Sean (wife, Patricia) Carmody of Marshall, MN, Brian (wife, Debra) Carmody of San Diego, CA, and Martin Carmody of Washington, DC; and numerous grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Mary Eleanor was an honor graduate of Ursuline Academy and Springfield Junior College. She received her Bachelors of Arts from the University of Chicago and a Master's in Education from the University of Illinois.

She began her teaching career at LeRoy, IL in 1945, taught at Pawnee High School, and in 1951 started teaching at Springfield High School. She taught there until 1982 when she retired.

Once when called to jury duty, Mary was asked if she knew any of the principals. She answered that she had taught both the prosecutor and the defense attorney. She was excused from jury duty.

Mary was a dedicated teacher and a gentle, kind, generous person. She was a devoted Catholic and gave many hours as a volunteer to her parish. Mary was a member of Brinkerhoff Association and St. Louise de Marillac Guild. She enjoyed playing bridge and solving crossword puzzles.

Visitation: Family will receive friends from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 14, 2012 at Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield. Visitation will begin with a prayer service at 4:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass: 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at Christ the King Parish, 1930 Barberry Dr., Springfield with Rev. Msgr. David S. Lantz, celebrant. Burial will follow at St. John's Catholic Cemetery in Carrollton, IL.

Memorial contributions may be made to: St. Joseph's Home, 3306 S. 6th St., Springfield, IL 62703, Christ the King Parish, 1930 Barberry Dr., Springfield, IL 62704 or donor's choice.

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Published in The State Journal-Register on May 13, 2012

Monday, March 26, 2012

Roy Barnett

Roy A. Barnett, of Chatham, IL, died on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at the age of 73 at St. John's Hospital. He was born February 26, 1939 in Springfield, the son of John and Louise Saul Barnett. He married Mary Julia McDonald on May 23, 1977. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, including his step-father George Saul, and brother, Charles L. Barnett.

Mr. Barnett graduated from Springfield High School in 1958. He retired from the Springfield Police Department as a deputy Chief of Operations in January 1988. He became Chief of Police for the Chatham Police Department on February 1, 1988 and retired in May 2009. He was a member of the Police Benevolent Protective Association, Illinois Police Association, the Illinois Chiefs of Police, National Association of Retired Police Officers, and Retired Disabled Police of America, and life member of the International Chiefs of Police Association.

He is survived by four daughters, Tamera (husband, Mark) Winner of Forney, TX, Michelle (husband Ron) Duek of Pembrook Pines, FL, Emily Barnett of Chatham and Cora Logsdon of Chatham; sister, Dorothea "Pat" (husband, George) Metzger; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and friends, including a close friend, Evelyn Jones of Springfield.

Cremation was accorded by Butler Cremation Tribute Center. Memorial Gathering: Family will receive friends from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield. Memorial Ceremony: 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home. Inurnment will follow at Chatham Memorial Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to: Illinois Police Officers Memorial, 435 W. Washington, Springfield, IL 62702. 

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