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-- 2021 --


WARD, Barry P. , 60
 of Petoskey, Michigan passed away suddenly (apparent heart attack), on December 9, 2021.

Barry worked at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, IL, in the SW Area for 25 years which included service to the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) as a union rep for over 10 years.

Barry was a genial host, a quick wit, a sharp thinker, and a patient rescuer of canine companions including his beloved Elvis and Rocso.  He treasured his Irish heritage, enjoyed a glass of Guinness and a good cigar. played golf and enjoyed a minor league baseball game and following the Fighting Irish, the Bears, and the Cubs.

He graduated from St. Viator High School in Palatine, Illinois and worked for more than 10 years as a nurse's aide in a residential facility for adults before training as an Air Traffic Controller.

He is survived by his brother, Francis Ward; his wife Deanna, and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be scheduled for Spring, 2022 in the Chicagoland area.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to your favorite Animal Rescue or favorite charity in memory of Barry.
 


JOHNSON, Edward Emil, 'Ed', 86
 of Hemphill, Texas, formerly of Newark, Illinois passed away on November 11, 2021. Ed was born in Howard County, Nebraska on March 16, 1935. He served in the U.S. Army.

Ed worked at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, IL, as an Air Traffic Controller in East High Altitude.

He enjoyed fishing, and golfing, and also attended several Chicago Center Reunions in Florida. 

Ed had a great voice, and enjoyed singing at Senior Centers.

                                               

Ed  was a member of the Lutheran faith.

He is survived by his wife, Catherine Johnson of Hemphill; son, Eric Johnson and wife, Rosa; daughters: Dawn Bennett, Sandy Abbott Bowling and husband, Sam; Lee Anne Sims and husband Tim; Joy Richmond and husband, Mark and Susan Johnson-Royse and husband, Oval; brother, Gordon Dean Johnson; 23 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his first wife: Laurel Jane Davis.

Military burial and honors will take place at a later date. Cremation arrangements were handled by Starr Funeral Home, and a celebration of life will be held on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at Fairdale Baptist Church Sanctuary and Family Life Center in Fairmount, Texas.

Eddy always had a great smile, and made everyone he met smile too and feel good.

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Dan: "...He was the best of friends, we visited, fished prayed, ate and discussed our strong Christian faith many times. Ed will be missed, but look forward to Heavenly reunion."

Jim:  "...Ed was a gentleman and liked by all he came in contact with. He was a Christian man with a deep love for Jesus Christ. I will miss fishing with him and sharing fishing stories. He will certainly be missed."

Ione:  "...I knew Ed from Newark High School, class of '53. Always friendly to many and that smile! May your great memories comfort you in the lonely times ahead."

Fred:  "...Now there was a great person who enjoyed absolutely everything in his life.      ...He had plenty of room to love people around him and treated everyone like they were truly worth his time.     ... So Sorry about losing Eddy."

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ERICKSON, David F., 88
 of St. Charles, IL passed away on Saturday October 16,  2021 at home after a lengthy illness.

Dave was born on April 15, 1933 in Rockford, Illinois.  He married Ann (Anna Blackford) on July 25, 1953 in Paso Robles, California.  Dave graduated from East Rockford High School in 1951, attended Northern Illinois University and Aurora University.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1953-55 and was deployed to Korea.

He worked at the FAA Air Traffic Control Center in Aurora, IL as an Air Traffic Controller and manager. 

Dave had many hobbies such as singing in a barbershop quartet, Svea Soner Men's Chorus and the choir at Geneva United Methodist Church.  He also had a private pilot's license with all the ratings. He loved to travel, and took his grandchildren on many trips.

In retirement he did many charitable acts for his church and Hospice deliveries, etc.

Visitation will be on Saturday, October 23, 2021 (10:00-11:00 A.M., at Geneva United Methodist Church; 211 Hamilton Street; Geneva, IL 60134. A funeral service will follow at 11:00 A.M.

Donations in Dave's memory may be made to Geneva United Methodist Church.

 


KAYSER, Gary M., 78
 passed away on September 17, 2021.

Gary was born on March 30, 1943 in Adrian, Minnesota.   He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, and was stationed in France.

Including his time in the Air Force, he was an Air Traffic Controller for over 30 years. He worked at the Chicago Air Traffic Control Center in Aurora, IL in the West High area.

Gary enjoyed Books on Tape, trout fishing in the White River in Arkansas, but most of all spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years: Jacqueline; 2 sons: Steven and Matthew (Ashleigh) and 2 nephews: Douglas and Simon; and 4 nieces: Kathy, May, Joanna, Alexa.

Funeral services will be private.

Donations may be made in his memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; 262 Danny Thomas Place; Memphis, TN 38105 Or Shriners Children's Hospital; 1 Children's Plaza; Dayton, OH 45404.
 


JACKS, William T. 'Billy', 75
 of Batavia, IL passed away on September 3, 2021.

Billy worked at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, IL, until 1981 when he decided to try another occupation.  He was rehired worked in the SW area and West Area.

 

(If anyone has any additional information or photos, please send them to me.
If we see an obituary, we'll update this website.)

 


HANDSCHIEGEL, Robert J, 81
 of Hampshire, IL passed away on July 16, 2021 his home. Bob was born in Chicago on May 29, 1940.

He graduated from York High School in Elmhurst, IL, and spent a 42-year career with the U.S. Government/Federal Aviation Administration. He worked several years in the A/B row at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, IL.

Bob married Marlene (Ruthnau) on May 22, 1965. He earned his Private Pilot license in 1966. He enjoyed his cars: Corvettes and 1941 Lincoln Continental, and his airplane. Bob and Marlene enjoyed their RV and wintering in Florida.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marlene; daughters: Marilyn (Dean Black) and Lyndsey (her partner Robert Hettinger), and many cousins and relatives.

Mass of Christain Burial was held at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Hampshire, IL, with burial at Mt. Carmel, Hillside, IL.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and School; 297 E. Jefferson Ave; Hampshire, IL 60140.

 


ROTTER Charles S. II, 84  of Montgomery, Illinois passed away on July 18, 2021. He was born on November 24, 1936 in White Fish Bay, Wisconsin.

He served his country with the U.S. Air Force and his military training lead him to the FAA at Chicago ARTCC in Aurora, IL. He worked at the Center for about a year, coming from the Midway location in 1962. He worked in the West wing, but I don't think he ever made Controller.

When he left the FAA, he started Fox Valley Health Studio in Aurora, and competed in many body-building competitions. He also graduated from Aurora University. He started Body of Christ Church in Montgomery. He also had a love for gardening.

He is survived 3 children: Renee (Rey Rodriguez) Rotter; Lisa Rotter and Irvin Rotter and 3 grandchildren: Katelyn and Will Pierce and Nadine Rotter, and former wife: Diane Pini.

A service is planned for Monday, July 26, 2021 at 12:00 noon at Dieterle Memorial Home; 1120 S. Broadway Ave.; Montgomery, IL 60538  Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Montgomery, IL
 


ANDERSON, Verne, 'Andy',
'pumpkin', 86  of Hastings, MN passed away on June 30, 2021 at his home. Verne Kirby Anderson was born on March 18, 1935 in Madison, Wisconsin. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army as a Paratrooper. 

Andy worked in the East Terminal at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, IL, and later at the Minneapolis Center in Farmington, MN. 

He enjoyed fishing, downhill skiing, hiking and Friday night fish frys at the American Legion.

Andy was lifelong Green Bay Packer Fan and shareholder as well as a member of the American Legion Post 47 in Hastings, MN.

        

He was preceded in death by his wife Audrey Lewicki on July 30, 2005. He is survived by his 3 children: Gordon (Vickie); Anderson Daryl (Beth) Anderson; and Corey (Teresa) Anderson; 10 grandchildren: Danyelle Anderson, Brett Anderson, Brady Anderson, Mitchell Anderson, Bridget Anderson, Gage Anderson, Emily Aanderson, Max Vanberg and Kelsey Vanberg and great-grandson: Elijah Anderson, and many other relatives and friends.

A celebration of Any's life was held on July 9 at Starkson Family Life Celebration Chapel of Hastings, MN. Private family interment will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the Alzheimer's Association or to the donor's choice in memory of Andy.
 


WEISBAUER, Karl, 80
 of Newark, IL and Minnesota passed away on May 13, 2021 his home. He had some kidney issues and was living with Karl Jr. in Newark.

Karl worked in the East Wing at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, IL, until 1981 when he decided to try another occupation.  He was rehired at the Minneapolis Center.

If anyone has any additional information or photos, please send them to me.

 


SCHNEIDER, Melvin 'Curley', 90
 of Aurora, IL and Flagler Beach, FL passed away on May 5, 2021 his home surrounded by family.

He was born January 31, 1931

     We will update this when we see an obituary

      

 


KOK, Sybern Henry, 'Sy', 90
 of St. Petersburg, FL and Friesland, Wisconsin passed away on March 16, 2021 at his home surrounded by family. He was born December 16, 1930 in Randolph,  Wisconsin.

He served 4 years in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

He enjoyed spending time at is cottage in Fox Lake, Wisconsin - fishing, golfing and traveling. He was a devoted grandfather and loved spending time with his family.

Sy was a great story teller and was known as the family historian.

He is survived by his wife: Dorothy 'Dori'  Kok; daughter: Lenora (Greg) Trent of Wheaton, IL; 3 grandchildren: Jaron (Sasha) Strain, Jessa Schauer and Jatana (Matt) Scandora; 5 great-grandchildren: Charlie, Kyleigh, Joiee, Beckett, Jace; and a grandson due in August.

Graveside services fo Sibern will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday June 19, 2021 at Friesland Cemetery in Wisconsin.
 


MARTIN, Dean Thomas, 87
 of Kansas City, Missouri passed away on February 9, 2021 at his home. He was born February 20, 1933 in Kimeo, Kansas, and his family relocated to Kansas City.

Dean was the 6th of 7 children. He went to Holy Cross Catholic High School in Kansas City, MO. After high school he worked for several years for for Braniff Airlines.

He was an Air Traffic Controller for 30 years in Olathe, Kansas and later  with the FAA in West Terminal area, at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Illinois.

Dean enjoyed spending his winters, golfing in Florida, and skiing in Colorado.

Dean is survived by his wife of 68 years: Dolores; 7 children: Karen Carson (Jeff) Thomas Martin (Mary), Janet Martin, Phillip Martin (Laura), Michael Martin, Patricia Pike (Jeff), and John Martin (Wanda); 17 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

 

Arrangements are made by the Heartland Funeral Home in Raytown, Missouri.
 


GUYER, Rosemarie P., 88  of Oswego, Illinois passed away on January 25, 2021. She was born on April 29, 1932.

She married Omer Gene Guyer on August 19, 1952. She was an active member of St. Anne Catholic Church in Oswego.

She worked  for the FAA at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Illinois, as the center chief's secretary for many years.

She is survived by her children: Jeanmarie Guyer and Michael (Marcy) Guyer; son-in-law: Rick Allen; Grandsons: Joshua Guyer, Joe Allen, Byron (Lisa) Guyer, and Walter Guyer; Great-grandchildren: Patrick Livingston, Sofia Guyer and Olivia Guyer.

She is preceded in death by her husband: Omer; children: Patricia and Daniel Guyer.

A viewing with limited guests took place on Monday, February 1, 2021 at Dieterle Memorial Home in Montgomery, Illinois. Funeral Mass took place a St. Anne Catholic Church in Oswego, IL.

Online guestbook: www.deterlememorialhome.com

Plant a tree in memory of Rosemary P. Guyer.
 


-- 2020 --


LAMBRECHT, Robert 'Bob', 7
6 of Chesapeake, Virginia passed away on December 15. 2020, due to Covid-19, at the Chesapeake Regional Medical Center in Virginia. He had been battling dementia, A Fib and diabetes.

He was born on December 7, 1944 in Chicago, IL. He graduated from Bogan High School in Chicago and joined the U.S. Air Force (1962-1966).

He married Constance "Connie" Kwasigroch after his honorable discharge.

Bob worked for BN & O Railroad before he changed careers as an Air Traffic Controller at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, IL. He worked in the East Wing until 1981, when he left the FAA to change careers again.

He moved to Tennessee and attended Memphis State University and completed a certification course in nuclear power.

He then worked for ComEd at the Byron Nuclear Power Plant (Exelon).

Bob was preceded in death by his wife Connie (2011) and is survived by his 3 children: Lynette (David) Landers, Bryce (Stacy) Lambrecht and Scott Lambrecht; and 6 grandchildren: Kailee Terracina, Brynn Lambrecht, Ethan Landers, Lindsea Lambrecht, Megan Landers and Leighton Lambrecht.

No services are planned during these difficult times of Covid-19.
 


GUSTAFSON, Paul Edward, 72
 of Beaumont California and long-time resident of Buffalo Grove, Illinois passed away on Friday November 6, 2020, of ALS.  He was born on July 12, 1948.

Paul worked  in the east terminal and west terminal areas of the Chicago Air Route traffic Control Center in Aurora, Illinois.  In 1981 Paul elected to leave the FAA for another line of work. 
   

 Roy is survived by his soulmate: Rebecca Nissenson; 4 children: Jay (Shelly) Gustafson, Todd (Emma) Gustafson, Sean (Diyana) Kotzin, and Jennifer (Jeffery Knipe) Kotzin; and 4 grandchildren: Arya, Chloe, Reed, and Sydney.

Graveside service will be private - family only.

Donations may be made to Lurie's Children's Hospital for Autoimmune Diseases: foundation.luriechildrens.org/Paul Gustafson or the ALS Foundation, www.als.org.                          

 


GOOLD, Richard F. 'Dick', 83
 of Oswego, Illinois passed away on Friday October 30, 2020 at Rush-Copley Medical Center.

He was born in Madison, Wisconsin on November 23, 1936. He graduated from Oregon High School in 1954, and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1955, serving until 1958. He became an Air Traffic Controller while in the Air Force.

Dick was employed with the FAA in East High, at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Illinois, from May 1959 to June 1973, and as an Area Supervisor from July 1973 to January 1985. He retired after 29 years of service at age 48.

He married Nancy Leah Stephenson on October 8, 1960 and they bought an RV and traveled through several states. Dick returned to work at SRSA in May 1986 to train Air Traffic Controllers, and retired again in June 1991.        

Dick and Nancy bought a cottage on a lake for a second home.

He was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Aurora, IL. Also a member of many clubs. He gave back to many charities, and was very social. He met with friends (other ZAU retirees) once a month for breakfast.

Dick loved fishing, camping, outdoors, computers, games, woodworking, sailing, watching the Chicago Cubs and Bears (win or lose), and watching golf, Wisconsin Badger basketball and football, and spending time with his grandchildren and family.

Richard is preceded in death by his wife Nancy.  He is survived by 2 children: Alan Goold of Cortland, IL; Cheryl (Robert) Welker of Melissa, Texas and grandkids: Ashley and Dillon Allison of Melissa, TX.

A private funeral service was held at St. Mark's Church, and a live stream memorial service will be held on November 7, 2020 at 11:00 AM.


NYQUEST, Peter Theodore, 71
 of Shelbyville, Tennessee passed away on Saturday, September 26, 2020 after a swift battle with cancer.

He served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam.   He was also a member of a blue grass band and was a classically trained musician. He once owned a reel-reel tape deck business.

Pete worked for the FAA as an Air Traffic Controller at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Illinois in the East Terminal area until, in August, 1981 when he left the FAA for another career.

Pete was rehired at O'Hare as a maintenance person. He then got a controller job down south, and eventually became an ATC supervisor out west and other places.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years: Beth, 2 daughters: Sarah (Josh) and Jill (Kevin); 6 grandchildren: Tyler, Jordan, Mary Beth, Grant, Alyssa and Anders.

A celebration of Peter's life will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2020 with a memorial visitation from 2:00 PM  to a memorial service at 3:00 PM at Smits Funeral Home in Dyer, Indiana.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donating to Mission Aviation Fellowship   www.maf.org
 


DOSS, Terry J., 82 of Griffin, Georgia passed away on Sunday August 23, 2020 at his residence. He was born on August 1, 1938 in Thompsonville, Illinois.

Terry was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

He joined the FAA and worked as an Air Traffic Controller in the West Terminal area of the Chicago Air Route Traffic Center in Aurora, Illinois for 47 years. 

Terry was a member of Eagle's Way Church in Griffin, GA. His son, Josh Doss preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife: Penny Doss; sons: Scott Chesney (Lisa); Will Doss (Jennifer); daughter: Kate Sherfinski (Scott); daughter-in-law: Debbie Vaughn (Robert); 17 grandchildren: Ashley and David Spellman, Eric and Jerusalem Chesney, Raleigh and Dylan Chesney, Harley and Sammi Chesney, OIlivia Chesney, Paul and Kathryn Doss, Jacob and Elizabeth Orr, Luke Doss, Katelynn Dague, Karsten Doss, Lauren Jones; 8 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held on Sunday August 30th at Eagles Way Church.                      .


WOOD, Benny Ross, 78
 of Baton Rouge. Louisiana passed away on August 6, 2020 after a fight with  bone cancer.

Ben was born on April 15,1942. He grew up in Newellton, and learned to play the clarinet. He played for the Golden Band from Tigerland, and loved all kinds of music: opera, classical and contemporary.

Benny was an avid LSU fan, and planned tailgates on campus, and Tiger Stadium.

Ben's family was very important to him, and he enjoyed his wife's chocolate pie, biscuits and gravy and other southern delicacies.

Throughout his career with the federal government, he lived in many places. He worked as an Air Traffic Controller in the North Wing at Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Illinois until he made a decision, in 1981, to change careers. He was treasured for his robust laughter, honest words, strong will, family pride and unconditional love.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Astrid Wood; 2 daughters: Shellie Marie Leach and husband Trent, and Stella Elizabeth Wood; 2 Grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A public visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 from 4:00-6:00 PM at Resthaven Funeral Home in Baton Rouge. A graveside service will be held Saturday, August 15, 2020 at Legion Memorial Cemetery in Newellton, Louisiana.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Jude Children's Hospital at www.stjude.org or a cancer charity of your choice.
 


SIBERT, John O., 83
 of North Aurora, Illinois passed away on Monday August 3, 2020.

John was born in Elkton, Missouri on January 26, 1937. He served his country in the U. S. Navy, and was a loving, devoted father, an avid golfer, and continue to follow plane traffic even in retirement.

He kept a directory of several corporate jets, and knew who owned every Gulfstream Jet (about 100 back in the 60s).

John was an Air Traffic Controller a the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, and worked in East High altitude.


John is survived by his partner of 27 years: Carmen Rivera; children: Bryan (Sandra) Sibert; Craig (Brenda) Sibert; Pedro Rivera, Carmen Rivera Mooree, Julio Rivera; Grandchildren: Nathan Thomas, Aubree Sibert, Joshua Sibert, Peter Rivera, Celina Escamilla, Angelina Rivera; Great-grandchildren: Shayna Escamilla, Ellianna Escamilla, and many nieces nephews and friends.

A Memorial Visitation is scheduled for Tuesday, August 11, 2020 from 4:00-8:00 PM at Beidelman-Kunsch Funeral Homes & Crematory; South Naperville; 24021 Royal Worlingon Drive; Naperville, IL 60564.

Final resting place will be at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois.

Memorial contributions may be made to: The First Tee; 425 Legacy Trail; St. Augustine, FL32902 or The Wounded Warrior Project; 4899 Belfort Road; Suite 300; Jacksonville, FL 32256
 


McCONNELL, Juanita, 76
  of La Plata, Missouri, passed away on January 31, 2019.

She was born, Juanita Beryl Young, on March 8, 1942 in Hazel Park, Michigan. She graduated from Lebanon High school in 1960, and worked for National Bell & Hess and an optical company. On a blind date, she met her husband, Guy McConnell. They married in 1962, and moved to Gardner, Kansas

Her husband, Guy Leroy  McConnell was an Air Traffic Controller at Kansas City Center and in 1966 was transferred to Aurora, Illinois at the Chicago Air Traffic Control Center. They moved to Maple Park, IL then on to Hinckley, IL. Mrs. McConnell attended the Hinckley United Methodist Church, served as a Cub Scout Den Mother, Girl Scout leader and participated in many community activities.

In 1976 they moved to LaPlata, MO and began a furniture restoration business: Wild Rose Antiques.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Guy McConnell; 2 children: Allen (Diane) McConnell of Sturgeon, Missouri and Teresa (David) Sandison or Columbia, Missouri; 3 grandchildren: Rachel (Danny) Tran of Florissant, MO, Katye (Nate) Newhouse of Champaign, Illinois, Savanna Sandison of Columbia, Missouri and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
 


ITHAL, Dennis Joseph, 63
 of Kissimmee, Florida passed away on June 30, 2020 at his home, after a long bout with Cancer.  He was born on March 16, 1957 in Oak Park, Illinois.

Dennis was an Air Traffic Controller with the FAA at the Chicago ARTCC in Aurora, IL for over 25 years. He retired in 2007 as a team supervisor. He then went on to teach Air Traffic Management at the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City, OK.

After a few years in OK, he moved to Washington D.C. and retired once again in 2012 working for Tetra Tech as a consultant on various national programs for the FAA.

He loved golf and in 1977 he used golf as part of his rehabilitation after losing his arm in a work-accident. He actively participated in many Amputee organizations. He went on to compete in the National Amputee Golf Association Tournaments, as well as the North American One-Arm Golf Association. He has competed both as a one-armed golfer as well as using a prosthetic attachment. He has taken first place in both categories over the years.

Dennis is survived by his wife of 12 years: Debra (Wolf) Ithal; daughter: Brianne (Douglas) Sanders; sons: Carl (Trisha) Ithal and James (Katie) Ithal; stepson: Craig (Karen) Schindler; numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a step-daughter: Cortney Schindler.

Visitation on July 9, 2020 from 1:00-3:00 PM at Trinity Memorial Gardens; 12609 Memorial Dr.; Trinity, Florida 34655
 


ROOT, Roy, 86
 of Aurora, Illinois passed away on Saturday May 1, 2020 at his home. He was born on July 9, 1933.

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Roy served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He was employed with the FAA  in East High, at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Illinois. In 1981 Roy  elected to leave the FAA for another line of work.                                                                                     

Roy is survived by his wife, Linda; children: Dale (Teresa), and Pamela (Jim); 4 grandchildren: Heidi (Brook), Wendy (Jason), Becky, and Nathan; and several great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

                          

 

 


JORGENSON, John Jesse, 87
 of Naperville, Illinois passed away on Sunday June 21, 2020 after a chronic illness.  He was born April 27, 1933 in Valparaiso, Indiana.

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John Graduated from Valparaiso High School and served with the U.S. Air Force as an Air Traffic Controller He served on Johnston Island in the Pacific following the Korean War and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal.

"I was stationed with John for 4 years in the Air Force at Kincheloe AFB (1956-60). Great guy, I even played basketball with him on the same team for 2 years. He was the greatest jumper for his small height I have ever seen. He could easily dunk the ball. Went on several trips with Jogy, where we played other Air Force Base teams. Good memories."       -- Willy Frederick

He was employed with the FAA, in the East Wing, at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Illinois, applied for and received BEC.

When he retired, he started his own business refurbishing homes and kitchens in the Chicago area with his sons.

John excelled in playing basketball in high school and advanced to the semi-pro level. He also enjoyed skiing and dancing with Nancy and friends, and he enjoyed traveling, summer camping and was a talented carpenter who built his own home and made furniture and even a sail boat in his  basement.

John was an avid golfer, and also attended several Reunions in Florida.

                                                                                  

John was preceded in death by his first wife: Donna Jean (Topper) Jorgenson; and his second wife: Vivienne Lynn (Cheatham) Jorgenson.

is survived by his third wife:  Beverly Bailey and long-time companion: Nancy Ariola; 5 children: Deborah, John, Steven, Glen and Bill; 3 nieces: Virginia Pattinson, Salome Vaughn and Norma Newman, as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

(Interment will follow cremation at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery at a later date.)

He In lieu of flowers, contributions may  be made to  your local American Legion in his memory. Tributes may be left on the Conley Funeral Home Facebook Page, or at www.conleycare.com

 

 


TOMASI, Anthony 'Tony', 79
 of St. Charles, Illinois passed away on Saturday June 20, 2020 at his home with his family by his side.

He was born on January 21, 1941 in Chicago, IL     

Anthony married his sweetheart Carol Karabin on September 2, 1962 at St. Salomea Catholic Church in Chicago.

He served his country in the U.S. Navy. He worked as an Air Traffic Controller for 33 years at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, IL.

With his horse "Vandy", Anthony served as a member of the Kane County Sheriff's Mounted Patrol.  

 

Tony loved racing cars with his sons at Blackhawk Farms Raceway and Road America. He and his family lived in St. Charles, IL for 43 years.

Anthony is survived by his wife of 57 years, Carol; 4 children: Tony Regina Tomasi of New Port Richey, FL; Michelle (Michael) Willman of St. Charles, IL; Reno (Rachel) Tomasi of Marengo, IL; and Brian (Carolyn) Tomasi of Elgin, IL; 9 grandchildren: Kevin (Maureen), Naomi (Tyler), Molly, Tony, Mitchell, Amanda, Jackson, Nicholas, and Lucy; 3 great-grandchildren: Xander, Michael and Leo; His mother: Antoinette; sister Juliana Felts and two nieces: Sondra and Sherry, and nephew Leslie.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Tails Humane Society; 2250 Barber Greene Road; Dekalb, IL 60115.                                                            

               (All services are private. -  Moss Family Funeral Home - St. Charles, IL - www.mossfuneral.com

 


WUBKER, Roy, 89
 of Park Ridge, Illinois passed away on June 2, 2020 at his home.

Roy was born in Rhinelander, Wisconsin in 1930. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 10 years, including the Korean War.

Roy and his wife, Ana lived in Aurora from 1968 to 2019. He was employed with  the FAA in East High Altitude, at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Illinois. He retired at the age of 50, and with his wife, Ana owned and operated Royana Realty for over 40 years.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, traveling and spending time with his family. He was preceded in death by his grandson: Andrew Graham; and son: John Wubker

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Ana; 3 children: Wanda, Graham (William), and Kathy Mahoney (Robert); 8 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are made by the Hildebrand Funeral Home in Rhinelander, Wisconsin.


BEZDON Michael V., 67 of Dunnellon, Florida died suddenly on April 21, 2020 at his residence. He was born in Chicago, IL on December 26, 1952.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

He was employed with the FAA at the ARTCC in Aurora, IL in Airway Facilities as Technician-in-Depth. When he retired, they moved to Palmer, Alaska, where he was a member of the Moose Lodge in Juneau and head of the Union in Anchorage.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, grilling and woodworking, and his family.

In 2008, Michael and his wife moved from Palmer, Alaska to Dunnellon, Florida.

Michael is survived by his wife of 37 years, Barbara Bezdon of Dunnellon; son: Jordan Bezdon of Ocala, FL and his step-son, Michael Sanders of Lisle, IL; stepdaughters: Lia Sanders of Hernando, FL and Paula Church of Fox Lake, IL; 7 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are under the care of Roberts Funeral Home of Dunnellon; 19939 E. Pennsylvania Ave.; Dunnellon, FL 34432; (352) 489-2429.

Expressions of sympathy may be left online at: Robertsofdunnellon.com

 

 
DILLOW, Galen B. (nee Behen), 91 of Davidson, North Carolina (Formerly of Aurora, IL and Tallahassee, Fl) passed away on October 22, 2019 at the Pines at  Davidson Care Center and Hospice in Davidson, NC after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

She was born on June 24, 1928 in Tamms, Illinois. She graduated from Dupo High School in 1945. While still in school, she was the singer in a traveling 5-piece swing band with her sister, Vrene, called the "Three Aces an a Pair of Queens."

Despite never having a music lesson, she could also play the piano and Debussy's "Claire de Lune" was one of her favorite pieces. Music was important  and she could name the title of any song.

At age 18 she married her childhood sweetheart, Carl L. Dillow on December 22, 1946 in a double ceremony with her cousin, Paula (Miller) and Bill Eickelman in Tamms. IL. She and Carl were two months shy of 73 years of marriage. They had two children: Jeffrey and Carla Dillow.

They lived in Aurora, IL for 25 years. Galen worked while Carl attended college and graduate school. Jobs included: vet assistant, nurses' aide, and her final job was with the FAA at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, IL, as Secretary to the Chief of Operations.

When she retired, they moved to Tallahassee, FL for 28 years. She was very active in retirement and was a faithful Christian and a lifelong member of the Lutheran Church.

Her many interests included exercising, healthy eating, playing bridge, reading, crossword puzzles, and traveling.

She volunteered for 10 years working with Hospice, helping others and taking care of her home and family. She was a very generous, compassionate, kindhearted woman who always put others first.

She enjoyed hosting the holidays made special by her traditional Christmas Eve candlelight crab leg dinner. She was known to her grandkids as "Ya Ya', and showered them with gifts, hugs, kisses and delicious meals.

In 1917, they moved to Mooresville, NC due to her illness and to be closer to family.

She is preceded in death by a daughter and son-in-law, Carla (David) Smith. Galen is survived by her husband, of 72 years: Carl L. Dillow; son: Jeffrey (Diane) Dillow of Millingon, Il and a niece: Kelle (Jeffrey Forbes) Bess of Cahokia, IL; 3 grandchildren: Lindsey (Cory) Haigler and Maggie (Matthew) Etter ob Mooresville, NC and Abbey (Kyle) Vinansky of  Brooklyn, NY. 5 great-grandchildren: Beaux Smith, Macy and Lila Etter, Grey Haigler and Larson Vinansky.

A private Celebration of Life was held for her family. Cremation arrangements were by Cavin-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory of Mooresville, NC. Burial was at Valhalla Gardens of Belleville, Illinois.

Donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or Hospice of Charlotte, NC.

 


SCHMITT, Jerome Karl 'Jerry' - 81
 of Sugar Grove, Illinois, passed away on April 21, 2020

Jerry was born on July 17, 1938 in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. He graduated from St. Mary Springs Academy in Fond du Lac, WI in 1956 and joined the U.S. Air Force where he received the Air Force Commendation Medal, among other awards.

Jerry married Colleen on November 4, 1961.

He was employed as an Air Traffic Controller for the FAA and worked in Aurora, Illinois at the Chicago Air Traffic Control Center, in the North Wing area. Followed by a career in banking, including Vice President of Bank of North Aurora.

Jerry had a passion for cars and motorcycles and enjoyed playing golf. He was a longtime member of the North Aurora Lions, a Lion of Illinois Foundation Fellow and the 2006 Lion of the Year.

He loved the Green Bay Packers and attended may games with friends and family.

Jerry was a devout Catholic who loved fishing and traveling around the country and around the world. He enjoyed time on his computer with friends and family, as well as playing Cribbage and Sudoku.

Jerry and Colleen enjoyed Destin, Florida to escape the northern Winters.

He is survived by his wife, Colleen Jon (Murphy); brother John (Jan) Schmitt and sister Lois (Bob) Pflum all of Fond du Lac, WI; 3 daughters: Karen (Rob) Hollis of Batavia, IL; Susan (Brian) Arenkill of Milwaukee, WI, and Jennifer (Brett) Cline of South Barrington, IL; 5 grandchildren: Andrew (Liz) Arenkill and Samantha Arenkill, Danielle (Johnna) Hollis and Trevor Hollis, Carter Cline and one great-grandson, Asher Arenkill.

Private services and Mass will be held TBD at St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Sugar Grove, IL with interment at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL.
 


RUDD, Shirley J, 86,
 of North Aurora, Illinois, passed away on April 21,  2020 at McAuley Manor.

She was born on March 3, 1934 in Marquette, Michigan.

Her husband, Stanley Rudd worked in Aurora, Illinois at the Chicago Air Traffic Control Center, in the West Terminal area.

Shirley was an active member of the Annunciation Church for more than 50 years and was the secretary for the parish rectory for many years.

She is survived by her husband Stanley Rudd of North Aurora; and son: Jeffrey Rudd of Aurora, IL

A private funeral mass will be held on April 25, 2020, with burial at Marywood Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Shirley's memory to the National Shrine of St. Jude:  https://shrineofstjude.org

(NOTE: If anyone has any photos of Shirley or more information, please send them to me.)
 


SEYMOUR, Robert, 93
 of Aurora, Illinois passed away on Saturday March 28, 2020 at his home.

He was born in 1927.

He was employed with the FAA  as a Team Supervisor, at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Illinois.

                                                                                     

                            (When we see an obituary or have more information, we will post it here.)

Bob will be buried a Resurrection Cemetery in Geneva, IL at 10:00 AM, Thursday April 2, 2020.
 


YEPSEN, Lloyd H., 86
 of Yorkville, Illinois passed away on March 25, 2020 at Tillers Nursing Home in Oswego, Il. He was born on April 12, 1933 in Princeton, IL.

Lloyd served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was employed with  the FAA in the AF department, as an electrical supervisor, at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Illinois.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Pera (Wolf) Yepsen; daughter: Melanee (Jeremy) Bohr of Yorkville, IL; his former daughter-in-law: Jacqueline (Greg) Wickens; granddaughter: Brianna (Jake) Spraggon; 2 great-grandsons: Brantley and Porter and many nieces and nephews.    He was preceded in death by his son, Mark Yepsen in 1992.

Visitation will be at 10:00 AM and a Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday March 28, 2020 at the Nelson Funeral Home; 1617 North Bridge Street; Yorkville. Interment will follow in the Oswego Township Cemetery in Oswego.
 


BONNET, Scott William, 53,
of Yorkville, Illinois passed away on March 24, 2020 at his home after a 3 1/2 year battle with cancer.   He was born on August 26, 1966 in Freeport, IL.

Scott was a 1984 graduate of Lena-Winslow High School in Lena, IL. He served his country in the U.S. Army.    

Scott was employed for 29 years as an Air Traffic Controller with the FAA at the ARTCC in Aurora, IL. Scott woked in the Southeast area (former East Terminal - renamed).    He retired in 2017.     

He is survived by his wife of 28 years: Kristy K. Luchsinger; his children: Tyler Bonnet of South Carolina, and Haley Bonnet of Yorkville, IL.; his parents: Terry and Diane Bonnet of Lena, IL; and 5 nieces and 2 nephews.                                  

A Funeral Service will be held at Cross Lutheran Church in Yorkville, IL at a later date. A Celebration of Scott's Life will also take place in the future.

A memorial fund for Scott is being established by his family.  
 

 


NEIFERT, Duane L. 84, of Grapevine, Texas passed away pm September 5,
 2017.  He was born on July 24, 1933 in Pella, Iowa.

Duane was a Korean War Veteran serving in the U.S. Navy. He was an Air Traffic Controller at Kansas City Center and at ZAU. He retired from the FAA after transferring to the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City and later at ZFW.

He was a military and aviation enthusiast and loved to share his memories with others.

Duane was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Bobbi. He is survived by daughter: Diana Silva and husband Jim; son: Greg and wife Lisa; 3 grandchildren: Kacee Silva, Zakre Silva and Alexa Neifert.

Services were held at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Chapel, private interment at Dallas-Ft. Worth National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Alzheimer's Association.

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John Sibert and Duane hired in together in 1958, coming up from ZKC in the airspace transfer. He left ZAU for the Academy and then to ZFW.
 


PRESTON, Wayne, 89
 of St. George, Utah passed away on February 28, 2020. He was born on January 11, 1931 in Decatur, Illinois.                

He had a stroke on February 23, after 3 days in the hospital was brought home when he could not come out of a coma.

Wayne served with the U.S. Air Force and later was an Air Traffic Controller with the FAA at Chicago ARTCC in the North Wing until 1981 when he decided to change careers.

They moved to Washington City, Utah, where he became a member of the St. George "Dixie" Elks Lodge #1743. During his 25 years as an Elk, he served on many committees, chairing many of them and volunteering with many other functions at the Lodge. He was elected Exalted Ruler (President) for the 2002-2003 year. Awards  include: "Elk-of-the year", "Officer-of-the-year", and "Citizen-of-the year".

He and his wife, Dorma, were avid golfers and also devoted Bears and Cubs fans.

Wayne is survived by his wife of 68 years, Dorma and two sons: Randal and Gregg and one daughter: Jerri.

Services will be held at the Elks Lodge in St. George, Utah. Another service will be held in Decatur, IL at a later date.                         

(If anyone has any additional information and/or photos, please send them to me)
 


ANDERSON, Warren Dean, 88,
 of Delavan, Wisconsin passed away on February 21, 2020 at Harlingen Medical Center, near his winter home in San Benito, Texas.

He was bon on December 23, 1931.

Dean enjoyed with his family on Delevan Lake. He graduated in 1949 from Delevan High School, and was part of Comet golf, football, bowling, band and choir. he played drums in a dance band he started, and talked his sister, Betty, into singing with the band at the grand opening for their dad's new Anderson Chevrolet Garage.

Dean attended Carroll College and General Motors Institute and later served 4 years in the U.S. Air Force. He met Mary Nell Patterson at a USO dance at Lockbourne Air Base in Columbus, Ohio, and they were married in 1953.

He sold cars before he started working for the FAA at the Chicago Air Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Illinois. He retired from the FAA in 1982.

Dean and Mary Nell moved to Delevan, WI where he sold real estate with his mother at Anderson Agency.

They enjoyed traveling with their motorhome, including a trip to Alaska, and eventually settled into Fun-N-Sun RV Resort in San Benito, Texas where he enjoyed pitching horseshoes with his many Winter Texas Friends.

Dean was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Marry Nell; and his son Richard. He is survived by hiss son Timothy (Patricia) Anderson of Fort Collins, Colorado; and daughter Karen (Dan) Bernick of Long Grove, Iowa; 5 grandchildren: Brandon Anderson, Cudahy, WI; James Andreson, Longmont, CO; Brittney Anderson, Long Beach, CA; Jon Anderson, Guadalajara, Mexico, and Hope Bernick, Long Grove, Iowa.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday March 7, 2020 at First Baptist Church; 212 Main Street; Delevan, Wisconsin. Visiting hours from 9-11 AM before the service. A service will also be held at Fun-N-Sun at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Lauderdale Lakes Improvement Association Fish Committee, VIP Services or to the family for other tributes to be determined.

 


SALINAS, Adolph Jr., "Ace", 83,
 of Aurora, IL passed away on February 12, 2020.  He was born on September 13, 1936.               

 Ace was a Team Supervisor with the FAA at the Chicago ARTCC Center in Aurora, IL.

He is survived by his wife, Arlene Salinas (Hughes); 3 children: Michael (Dianna) Salinas, Jay (Donna) Salinas and Lisa Bryan; 4 grandchildren: Jonathan, Nicole, Matthew, and Luke; and 7 great-grandchildren.

       

Visitation will be held on Monday, February 17, 2020 from  3:00-7:00 PM, with a liturgical wake service at 6:00 PM, at the Daleiden Mortuary; 220 N. Lake St.; Aurora, IL.   (630) 631-5500

Funeral Service, from the Daleiden Mortuary, will be on Tuesday, February 18, 2020  at 10:00 AM to St. Rita of Cascia Church (750 Old Indian Trail, Aurora) at 10:30 AM. Fr. Robert Wilhitte will officiate with interment following at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery (Ellwood, IL) at 1:30 PM.

Condolences for Ace's family may be placed at the mortuary interactive website: www.daleidenmortuary.com


 


WIEST, Ronald E., 79,
 of Sarasota, Florida passed away on February 8, 2020.                                               

 Services will be held on Saturday, February 15 at 10:00 AM at Incarnation Catholic Church; 2901 Bee Ridge Rd; Sarasota, FL.

  
 


BROICH, Ruth Ann, 88
 of Aurora, Illinois, passed away on February 10, 2020.    She was born on August 29, 1931 in Ottumwa, Iowa, attended Northwest Missouri College, majoring in Physical Education with a minor in English.

She married her Husband Francis (Frank) Broich, an Air Traffic Controller with the FAA at Chicago ARTCC in Aurora. They were married for 66 years.

Ruth graduated from Northern Illinois University (Class of '79), and taught elementary school at St. Joseph Catholic School in Aurora.

She is survived by her husband, Francis of Aurora, son Francis Broich III of Chicago; daughter Phila and son-in-law: Brian Corse of Michigan; son Gordon Broich and daughter-in-law Tom of Naperville, IL; 3 grandchildren: Robert White, Brian White, and Lianna White, and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be on Thursday, February 13, 2020 from 3-6 PM, followed by a memorial service at 6 PM at the Healy Chapel; 332 W. Downer PL., Aurora, IL. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ruth's name to the Alzheimer's Association.
 


McCANN, Timothy J., 73
 of Big Rock, Illinois, passed away peacefully on January 26, 2020.    He was born on November 24, 1946 in Amherst, Ohio.

Tim served his country with the U.S. Navy from 1964-68, including 18 months in Vietnam. He married Darla Hoover from Amherst, OH on March 22, 1969. They lived in Ohio, Washington D.C., Virginia, Oklahoma and Florida. They moved to Big Rock, IL in 1978.

He worked at the Chicago ARTCC, in Aurora, IL as an Air Traffic Controller for the FAA, he was a Team Supervisor in the East Terminal area.

Tim volunteered at the Sugar Grove American Legion and served many terms as Commander. He also helped with abused women and children for many years.  He also coached his girl's softball teams and umpired many games. He was a Chicago Bears fan, but still rooted for his home town team: Cleveland Browns.

He is survived by his wife: Darla; daughters: Kelly (Daniel) Salazar, Erin (Rick) Novotny, Tara McCann; his son: Timothy J. McCann Jr.; 8 grandchildren: Ashley McCann, Ryan (Devon) Salazar, Justin Salazar, Elizabeth, Emily and Jake Novotny, Dakota and Beaux Brennan; Nathan Littlejohn; 5 Great-grandchildren: Mason and Madison McCann and Ryan Jr., Damon and Riley Salazar; 2 nephews: Jim McCann and Tim Malin; 2  nieces: Jennifer (Eric) Layfield and Julie McCann, all from Ohio.

Visitation will be held Thursday January 30, 2020 from 4:00-8:00 PM at the Healy Chapel; 370 Division Dr.; Sugar Grove, IL 60554.

Funeral services will take place on Friday January 31, 2020 at 10:30 AM, also at the Healy Chapel in Sugar Grove.  Interment will take place at West Big Rock Cemetery.

To sign their online guestbook, visit this website: www.healychapel.com.

(If anyone has any photos or more information about Tim, please send them to me.)
 


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HARPER, David Payson, 82
 of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, passed away on December 25,  2019 at Angels Grace Hospice in Oconomowoc.

Dave was born on September 22, 1937 in Oregon, WI. He graduated from Waupun High School in 1955 and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he was stationed in California for basic training.

He then began his career as an Air Traffic Controller at the Chicago Air Traffic Control Center in Aurora IL and retired as a Team Supervisor.

Spending time with his family and friends, David loved to travel and would tell stories of getting lost in Costa Rican rainforests, sailing down the Mississippi, diving for artifacts in the Caribbean, and jumping onto mail carrier planes in Australia.

Over the past 20 years, Dave spent his winters on Marco Island, FL and summers in Wisconsin, enjoying many visits from family members (especially grandchildren) and friends.

                         

He loved music, butterscotch candy and McDonalds coffee. He had a passion for astronomy, ginkgo trees and fossils and rock collecting.

David had a compassionate spirit and loved to help others, especially the elderly. He was a great listener who never asked for an audience, and always gave good advice when needed. He had a calming spirit, was tolerant and slow to anger, and taught us to always try to see things for the other person's point of view.

He is survived by his daughters: Valerie (Harper) White, and Stephanie (Harper) Benz (husband Dixon), 4 grandchildren: Paige and Elora White, and Tyler and Andrew Benz, and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be on January 9 from 10-11:30 AM with a funeral service (Celebration of Life) at 11:30 at Pagenkopf Funeral Home; 1165 Summit Ave; Oconomowoc, WI 53066. Lunch to follow at Schwefel's restaurant in Oconomowoc.

Graveside services for immediate family will be held on January 10th in Forest Mound Cemetery in Waupun, WI

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations made to Wilkenson Woods Assisted Living, who gave David fabulous care in his last year or Angels Grace Hospice in Oconomowoc.
 


McCOY, Jeffrey L. 'Jeff', 71
, of Sarasota, Florida and Crystal Lake, Illinois passed away on December 11,  2019, at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, IL due to complications related to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Jeff was born on January 2, 1948 in Portland, Oregon. He married Jeanne L. (Adams) McCoy on May 7, 1966.

Jeff worked for the FAA at the Chicago Air Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Illinois as an Air Traffic Controller, in the East Terminal area, also at O'Hare TRACON for 33 years, retiring in 2002.

He was an avid golfer and played at golf courses all over the country. He loved tennis, fishing, traveling and woodworking.

Jeff is survived by his wife of 53 years: Jeanne and 3 children: Jamie (Todd) Puffpaff, Tricia (Gerald) Perrine and Craig McCoy; 8 grandchildren: Emily (Eric) Calder, Alex Puffpaff, Jorie (Axel) Mozal, Max Perrine, Jake Perrine, Maggie McCoy, Kevin McCoy and David McCoy; 2 great-grandchildren: Addison and Owen Calder.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 from 2:00-6:00 PM at Laird Funeral Home in Elgin, IL.   A Celebration of Jeffrey's life will begin at 6:30 PM at the Walnut Inn Speak Easy in Elgin. Everyone is welcome to share in this celebration.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Jeffrey's name may be sent to the ALS Therapy Development Institute; 300 Technology Square - Suite 400; Cambridge, MA 02139.   www.ALS.net/donate

 


KINGERY, William Stanley "Bill", 80
 of Huntley, Illinois, and Hernando, Florida passed away on March 8,  2018.

Bill was born in Clinton, Indiana. He served in the U.S. Air Force and worked as a Air Traffic Controller - in the East Wing - at the Chicago Air Traffic Control Center in Aurora, IL.

Bill and his wife, Heike built a family home in Plano, IL where they lived for 30 years. He later worked at the Dresden Nuclear Power Plant and retired at age 56.

He was a great family man, avid fisherman, and enjoyed tennis, golf, sudoku, playing bridge, and cheering his grandson in sports. He was active with a project or a book towards improvement.

Bill is survived by his wife of 55 years, Heike; daughter: Heidi; grandson: Adam; nephews: Eric (Heidi) Knott of Seattle, WA and Jason (Hilary) Knott of Rock Island, IL and family in Germany.

No formal services were held.
 


PERRIN, Gerald, 86
 of Grand Rapids, Michigan, passed away on July 17,  2019. He was born on November 19, 1933.

Jerry served 4 years in the U.S. Air Force and worked for the FAA at the Chicago Air Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Illinois for 35 years, as an Air Traffic Controller, in the West Wing area.

After retirement, Jerry spent 18 years volunteering with the U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. He graduated from South High School.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Patricia; children: Don (Vicki) Perrin, Dana (Mark) Lindstrom, Dale Perrin, Richard Stewart, Lisa (Greg) Lockman; 8 grandchildren: Jodi (Anthony), Ellyn (Eric), James (Alexis), Heidi (Matthew), Justin (Danielle), Joshua, Michon, Nicholas, Jessica, Meredith; 5 great-grandchildren: Leo, Logan, Mikaela, Jaxon, and Avery.


ROBB, Roy Edward 'Robbie', 83
 of Aurora, Illinois, passed away on November 14,  2019 .

He was born on December 28, 1935 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Robbie served his country with the U.S. Marine Corp and was a member of the Oswego American Legion and AmVets. He was also a member of the Phoenix Club, Luxies Club and the Moose Lodge.

He was an Air Traffic Controller with the FAA in Aurora, Illinois at the Chicago Air Traffic Control Center, in the West Terminal area, and retired after 25 years in the Air Traffic Control Division.

Robbie had a zest for life and loved Nascar, golfing (and got a hole-in-one on #16 at Bliss Creek Golf Course0, bowling, playing pool, throwing darts, dancing playing cards, snowmobiling and many other activities. He was also a die-hard Chicago sports fan.

He also loved to travel to Treasure Island, Florida.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Eleanor "Ellie" Robb; daughter: Laura Robb Elan; step-children: Kathryn (Scott) Bogdan, Don Goldsberry; grandchildren: Ethan (Rachel Strauss) Robb Elan, Michael Goldsberry, Jared Bogdan and Ashley (Stephen) Johnson; 4 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation on Thursday, November 21 from 10:00 AM to Noon, at Dieterle Memorial Home; 1120 South Broadway; Montgomery, IL 60538. Memorial Service will be at 12:00 PM.

(NOTE: If anyone has any photos of Robbie or more information, please send them to me.)
 


BLACK, George R., 78
 - of Olathe, Kansas, passed away on September 20, 2019 at his home after a long struggle with dementia.   

George was born on November 25, 1940 in Kansas City, KS. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 6 years.

In 1961 He married Janet Ross.            

He was employed as an Air Traffic Controller in Aurora, Illinois at the Chicago Air Traffic Control Center for 39 years.

He enjoyed golfing, many card games, including cribbage and pinochle.

He is survived by his children: Richard (Joyce) Black, Kansas City; Suzette (Scott) Zolotor, Olathe; Shawn (Brandy) Black, Belton; Rusty (Katie) Black, Prairie Village; 11 grandchildren: Roqhelle, Keith, Jeanette, Ross, Atticus, Mae, Jordan, Gracie Amelia, Ashley and Corbin; and 6 great-grandchildren.

         

Memorials are suggested to the Hope House.

Services will be at Penwell-Gabel; Olathe Chapel; 14275 South Black Road; Olathe, KS 66062.
 


HERDMAN, Lee Alan, 73
 of Libertyville, Illinois, passed away on June 12,  2019 from Parkinson's complications which he had since he was around 50.

Lee was born on November 17, 1945 in Vinton, Iowa. He was a Vietnam Vet.

He worked in Aurora, Illinois at the Chicago Air Traffic Control Center, in the East Terminal area.

No obituary is available. He was buried at Arlington Memorial Park Cemetery at Rockford Illinois.

(NOTE: If anyone has any photos of Lee or more information, please send them to me.)
 


ZABEL, Wiley Kenneth, 78
 - recently passed away on Thursday September 19,  2019 at Asbury Gardens in hospice care in North Aurora, and the Grove of Fox Valley.

Wiley was born on December 5, 1940 in Johnson, Nebraska and grew up with 5 other siblings on the farm. He enjoyed his school years and participated in all the local sports. After high school he joined the U.S. Army and worked as a radar repair technician. After an honorable discharge he utilized his electrical experience as an electrician.

In 1963 Wiley married Sharon Bolly and they raised 3 sons: Ken, Paul and Doug.

He worked for the FAA at the Chicago Air Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Illinois. After 8 years of controlling airplanes, Wiley attended college courses and graduated from the University of Illinois - Chicago.

His education provided the tools he needed to practice in the State of Illinois as a licensed professional engineer. Eventually he founded his own firm: Zabel Engineering.

As a hobby he participated in Barbershop singing in America and was a longtime member of the Aurora Lamplighters Chorus because he loved to sing.

Wiley is survived by his sons: Paul and Doug, daughter-in-law: Kristen Zabel and 4 grandchildren: Kelsie, Avery, Lexi and Aubrey Zabel and his great-grandson: Aidan Zabel.

A "Celebration of Life" Memorial will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 1:00-4:00 PM. This special event will be held at the Aurora Country Club. (1548 Prairie St.; Aurora, IL)     Taps will be played, flag presented, and eulogy read at 1:30 PM. Food will be served and a cash bar will be available.
 


HUDSON, Kenneth Wayne, 61
 - of Butte, Montana, passed away in Las Vegas, NV on May 14, 2019 while vacationing with his wife and daughters.

Ken was born on August 8, 1957 in Butte, Montana.

After a long and successful career in Aurora, Illinois at Chicago Air Traffic Control Center, Ken was happy to retire back to his roots in Butte, MT with his family.

Gregarious and quick-witted, he was always the life of the party. An avid family man, Ken enjoyed spending time grilling, doing yard work, playing games or going for long drives in the country.

Ken is survived by his wife of 36 years, Ann Marie (Govednik) and his daughters: Lauren and Leigh Anna, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Per his request, no services will be conducted. A party will be held to celebrate his life, with no time and location yet determined.

In lieu of flowers, the family would be honored if donations were made to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association.
 


CNOTA, William 'Bill', 74
 - passed away on Saturday, August 3, 2019 of Naperville, Illinois. He  was born on July 31, 1945 in Chicago, IL.  He graduated from St. Patrick's High School in Chicago.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a Warrant Officer with the 281st Assault Helicopter Company. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal for his meritorious achievements during his service.

After he was honorably discharged, Bill served as a Chicago Police Officer from 1970 until 1973, when he began his career as an Air Traffic Controller with the FAA and served over 30 years at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, IL. He continued his involvement in the industry as a trainer at the Center after his retirement.

With a break in service in 1981, Bill came back and worked in West High Altitude, then Northwest area and retired out of the West area.

Bill was a longtime member of the Judd Kendall VFW Post #3873 in Naperville, IL.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years: Linda; his daughters: Rachel (Zach) Heuer of South Elgin, IL, and Sarah Cnota of Chicago; grandsons: Mason Kascher and Alexander Heuer, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and great friends.

Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project; P.O. Box 758517; Topeka, KS 66675 or to the Judd Kendall VFW Post #3873; 908 Jackson Avenue; Naperville, IL 60540.

A memorial visitation will take place on Thursday, August 8 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services; 44 S. Mill St.; Naperville, IL. A celebration of Bill's life will beheld at 7:00 PM at the funeral home. Interment will be private.
 


BOHM, Marvin Lloyd, 84
 - passed away on July 29, 2019 at Aurora, Illinois. He was born on October 4, 1934 in St. James, Minnesota. He graduated from St. James High School and attended St. Olaf College, in Northfield, MN.

He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1955, and graduated at the top of his class in the Air Traffic Control program.

Marvin married Merilyn France McKinney on April 26, 1958 in Tucumcari, New Mexico. They moved to Aurora, IL where Marvin worked as an Air Traffic Controller for the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center. He retired after 27 years and 7 months, and became a lead instructor at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City, OK.

He loved aviation and had a pilot's license and his own airplane.

He also loved music, especially barbershop music, and joined the SPEBSQSA Aurora Lamplighters Chorus in 1973. He was 'Barbershopper of the Year" in 1993. He could sing Tenor, Lead, Baritone and Bass, and sang in many Quartets. In 2007 his quartet "Mashed Potatoes and Gravy" won the Illinois District Senior Quartet Championship.

He and his wife Merilyn were avid hikers and trekked the Rocky Mountains and 150 miles along the Appalachian Trail. They were married 54 years until her passing in 2012.

Marvin was a regular at the Friday night trap shooting events at the Aurora Sportsmen's Club. He was a longtime member.

He also enjoyed driving and sailing. Others jobs were transporting aircraft and automobiles and delivering auto parts and working for Cargill Seed Company.

Marvin is preceded in death by his wife, Merilyn. He is survived by his daughter: Danette Young (Ron); son Dr. Martin Bohm (Dr. Karla Loken); 4 grandsons: Nicholas, Jackson, Benjamin and Payton, and many nieces and nephews.

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McMAHON, Michael John 'Mike', 84
- of Naperville, IL, formerly of Aurora, passed away on Tuesday June 7, 2019 at Edward Hospital in Naperville.

He was born May 20, 1935 in South Queensferry, Scotland, attended Queensferry Primary School, St. Nicholas R C Primary School, Broxburn and a trade school for carpenters in Edinburgh.

He worked in the shipyards before emigrating to the United States via Canada in 1958.

Mike served in the U.S. Air Force from 1959-64 (also played on the USAF soccer team) and after his honorable discharge worked for Motorola, Sears, before joining the FAA in 1970.

Mike worked at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center, in Aurora, IL in Airways Facilities (now Technical Operations) as a Systems Support Center (SSC) Manager.

His area of expertise was the old IBM 9020 mainframe computer, the old backup DARC computer and the TANDEM computer. As SSC Manager, he was supervisor of the ZAU Data/Comm unit. Responsibilities incled all radios, and VSCS position equipment all position voice recordings.

He was a member of St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Naperville, IL. He was also a member of Mensa and active with  the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include is wife Judy (nee Mondi); children: Michael (Laura) McMahon of Algonquin, IL; Stephen (Nancy) McMahon of Vienna, VA; Annette McMahon of Aurora, IL; Christopher (Dreama) McMahon of Los Angeles, CA and John McMahon of Chicago, IL.    Step-father of Regina (Dan) Lawrence of Nolensville, TN; Gregory Bohmann of Downers Grove, IL and Paul Bohmann of Naperville, IL.     Grandchildren: Kevin, Ryan, Andrew and Christina McMahon;    Brennagh Perkins and Hanalei McMahon and friends of many.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 4:00-8:00 PM at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services: 44 S. Mill Street Naperville, IL

Services will begin on Wednesday, June 12, at 9:45 AM from the funeral home and will proceed to a 10:30 AM Mass of Christian Burial at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church: 2220 Lisson Rd., Naperville. Interment will follow at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Naperville Responds to Our Veterans; 210 S. Washington St., Naperville, IL 60540.     (331) 684-7899    www.nrfov.org

 


MEADOR, Vernon Wayne, 81
- passed away on Friday, May 10, 2019 at Lake Monticello, Virginia, after enduring COPD and kidney disease for over 10 years.

He was born on February 27, 1938. Known as 'Wayne' by his family, he was the youngest of 11 children.

Vern graduated from Andrew Lewis High School in Salem, Virginia and served 8 years in the U.S. Air Force as an Air Traffic Controller. He then worked for the FAA as a controller for 23 years until his retirement in 1988 from the Chicago ARTCC in Aurora, IL.

Vern worked at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center, in Aurora, IL from 1982 to 1988.

He also worked at the Washington ARTCC , in Leesburg, VA from the late 1960's to 1974. Next he worked at Atlanta Center from 1974-76, then back to Washington ARTCC in Leesburg from 1976-82, and Chicago Center from 1982-1988.

After he retired, Vern and his wife, Ann, enjoyed traveling the USA, spending most of their time in Illinois, Tennessee, Florida and Virginia.

Vern enjoyed playing golf, reading, fishing and spending quiet time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Anna Duffell Meador; his children: Carol (Don) Conrad, Michael (Melinda) Meador and step-daughters: Joanna Dubberstine Peterson and Christina Dubberstine as well as 6 grandchildren, and one great-grandson.

At his request, there was no memorial.
 


VAN VUREN, Raymond John Jr., 86
- of La Plata, Maryland passed away on January 19,   2019. Former Michigan resident, Ray was born on June 19, 1932 in Lansing, Illinois.

He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and was trained as a military Air Traffic Controller. in 1953, he married his high school sweetheart, Winona Lavery.

Ray spent 40 years in public service with the FAA, first as an Air Traffic Controller and was later was named the National Director of Air Traffic Service. Ray was instrumental in the construction of the air traffic control system after the Air Traffic Controllers' Strike of 1981.

As the Director of Air Traffic Control, Ray and his team of senior managers planned to deal with the threatened PATCO strike. First they reduced flights to determine staffing at each facilities, then asked the airlines to cut their operations due the manpower percentages.

They also added ATC personnel by re-qualifying supervisory, managerial, regional and headquarters personnel back to their old positions.

Ray helped design an integrated ATC system and FAA Administrator Helms, helped draw the initial plans for what has evolved to Next Gen.

On March 27, 1975, Ray survived an airplane crash in Pennsylvania. The FAA DC-3 (N6) crashed on take-off. All 11 persons on board survived. More information may be found on this Website:      https://www.rwf2000.com/atc/ATC-Hist-08.htm

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Winona; son: William; daughter: Linda and 4 grandchildren: Dina, Andrew, Sarah and Gianna; and 4 Great-grandchildren: Aldan, Nora, Owen and Charlotte.

Visitation was held at Raymond Funeral Chapel in La Plata Maryland.
 


HOOK, Barbara J., 84
- passed away on Saturday, April 6,   2019 at the Kindred Hospital of Dekalb, Illinois. She was born in Aurora on April 1, 1935.

She graduated in 1953 from East Aurora High School, and worked at Valley National Bank for several years.

She worked for the FAA at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Il in the Flight Data section. She spent 25 years at the FAA, and retired in 2005.

Barbara was an avid bowler and won several trophies for her accomplishments at Valley Bowl. She also spent time with her family and adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She had many dogs and cats over the years.

She is survived by two daughters: Kimberly Hook (LeAndrew Tolliver) of Aurora and Andrea Hook of Dekalb, IL; 2 granddaughters: Alix (Josh) Cunningham and Ashley (Sebastian) Danilowski of Niles, IL and 2 great-grandchildren: Cadence and Jameson.

Private funeral services are  under the care of the Daleiden Mortuary of Dekalb, IL.

Memories and condolences for Barbara's family may be made on the interactive website: www.daleidenmortuary.com .


McLEAN, James 'Jim' Warren, 72
- passed away on Friday, February 22, 2019 at Aurora, Illinois. He was diagnosed with acute leukemia on Wednesday and died on Friday. Jim was born on July 19, 1946.

Jim worked at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center, in Aurora, IL as a Flow Controller and also in West High Altitude, until he made a decision (in 1981) to leave the FAA. 

His wife of 50 years, Pamela (Straits) McLean, preceded him in death on August 4, 2017.

Jim is survived by his children: Ryan (Jamie) McLean, Russell (Veronica) McLean; his mother: Marie Schrock and 4 grandchildren: Lucy, Grant, Arden, and Edith.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Dieterle Memorial Home; 1120 S. Broadway; Montgomery, IL 60538.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at lls.org.
 


LUNDY, James 'Jim', 74
- passed away on Tuesday January 8, 2019 at Warrenville, Illinois. He was born on February 7, 1944.

Jim worked at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center, in Aurora, IL in Airways Facilities (now Technical Operations) from 1980 to 2013.

He was an 'SE' (NAS Manager), at the SMMC (now SOC) on the control floor.

Jim was an expert on the old IBM 9020 main frame computer that provided flight data as well as radar data to the control floor.

He was an Army Veteran and communications specialist, and may have served in Vietnam.

Visitation is scheduled for Saturday, January 19,2019 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Williams-Kampp Funeral Home; 430 E. Roosevelt Rd.; Wheaton, IL 60187.

Burial will be at Assumption Cemetery; 15510 Winfield Rd.; Wheaton, IL 60189.

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BRANDIS, Richard J. 'Rick', 70
-  passed away on October 29, 2018 at Hines VA Hospital, Maywood, Illinois. He was born on May 5, 1948.

Rick made a decision, in 1981, to leave the FAA at Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center, in Aurora, IL where he was an Air Traffic Controller in the East High Altitude area.

 

 (Tower Home for funerals; 4007 Joliet Ave.; Lyons, Illinois 60534.)

 

(More information will be included here if we see an obituary)

 


BECKER, Roger, 82
, - of Oklahoma City Oklahoma passed away on November 2, 2018 due to heart failure.  

He was born in St. Louis, Missouri on October 22, 1936. He lived and worked in Illinois prior to retiring in Oklahoma City, OK.

Roger attended college in Missouri and Illinois and graduated from the FAA Air Traffic Control Academy in 1969. His career was with the FAA, as an Air Traffic Controller in the East High Altitude area at Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Illinois. He retired as an Area Manager at ZAU in 2000.

Post-Retirement, Roger continued to serve his country as a civilian contractor to the U.S. Navy and Air Force including assignments in Afghanistan totaling more than one year. Upon his return, he continued his extended career with Midwest Aviation in Overland Park, Kansas as an Air Traffic Control instructor and retired in 2008.

Roger enjoyed life to the fullest and enjoyed many ZAU parties.

He also was an avid golfer. He especially enjoyed golf with many of his Chicago friends at the Florida-Chicago Reunions.

      

Roger was a Master Mason in the Ancient Free & Accepted Masons, raised to this esteemed third degree of Masonry in 1952 at Beacon Lodge No. 3, in Hazelwood, Missouri. He later affiliated with Uriah Lodge No. 227 in Wheatland, Oklahoma and India Lodge No. 551 in Oklahoma City where he served as Worshipful Master in 2015. He continued his Masonic pursuits, attaining the thirty-second degree in the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, was a Shriner and active member of India Shrine and the Oriental Band unit as well as being an active member and leader within other affiliated organizations.

Roger is survived by his wife: Nancy; children: Mark, Paula, Angela, Georgia, Maria and Bill; 14 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Thursday, November 8, 2018, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Mercer-Adams Funeral Service: 3925 North Asbury Avenue; Bethany, Oklahoma 73008.

A Memorial Service will be at the Mercer-Adams Chapel at 2:00 PM on Friday November 9, 2018: 3925 N. Asbury; Bethany, OK 73008.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children.

To sign his guestbook, please visit this Website:

            http://www.mercer-adams.com/guestbook/roger-becker#guestbook     

 


BOYLAN, James M., 'Jim', 80
, - of North Aurora, Illinois passed away on October 27, 2018. Jim was born on November 8, 1937.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and had a passion for knowledge and reading. He loved his family.

Jim made a decision, in 1981, to leave the FAA at Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center, in Aurora, IL where he worked in the West Terminal area.

He is survived by his wife: Paula; 2 children: Susan and Timothy (Sue-Jolie); and his grandchildren: Christopher, Winter, Gabriel and Colleen.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project:              https://www.support.woundedwarriorproject.org  or to the Messenger Public Library of North Aurora; 113 Oak St.; North Aurora, IL 60542.
 


McLELLAND, Robert C. 'Bob', 83
, -of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, passed away on October 18, 2018. He was born on March 7, 1935 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and graduated from Creston High School in Grand Rapids.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1953 to 1957.

Bob had a career with the Federal Aviation Administration as an Air Traffic Controller, in Detroit (1957-63); in Chicago (ZAU) in Aurora, IL (1963-75); and in Minneapolis (ZMP) (1975-87) in Farmington, MN.

He married Judy Johnson on March 17, 1967. In 1994 they moved to Hot Springs Village where Bob was active and involved in volunteer work at St. Joe's and as a golf course marshall. He enjoyed playing golf with his buddies and in the MGA.

Bob is survived by his wife, of 51 years, Judy of Hot Springs Village; daughter: Kristin (Jay) Nelson of Edina, MN; daughter: Karin (Eric) Bjerke of Prior Lake, MN, nieces and nephews and many longtime friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 AM on Friday, October 26, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Hot Springs Village, AK. Bob will have full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations, in Bob's honor, to the American Lung Association www.lung.org . Guestbook may be signed at www.caruth-hale.com
 


THIELMAN, Casper Francis, 85
, - of Naples, Florida, formerly of Wheaton, Illinois, passed away on August 2, 2018. Hew was born on December 13, 1932 in Chicago, IL.

Casper was a Team Supervisor at Chicago Air Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Illinois. His entire career was with the FAA. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Eileen Therese (Zahour) Thielman; daughters: Ellen (Jay) Parker of Bonita Springs, FL; Leslie (Jack) Sorenson of Naperville, IL; Mary (John) Schraidt of Riverside, IL; and Michele (Richard) Calzaretta of Naples, FL; 8 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on August 8, 2018 at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Bonita Springs, FL, with burial in the memorial garden at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Naples.            

 

 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Franciscan Sister of Wheaton, Illinois
www.wheatonfranciscan.org

 


ROCKWOOD, Steven M., 58
, - of Des Plaines, Illinois passed away on June 17, 2018. Steve was born in 1959. He worked at the Air Traffic Control Center at Chicago ARTCC in Aurora, IL, in the Tech Ops area (formerly Airway Facilities) as a NAS Specialist.

Steve formerly worked at ORD as a radar tech and had been at ZAU for approximately 10 years. Steve was still working at the SOC (Systems Operation Center) formerly SMMC as a NAS Specialist..

He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Steve is survived by his wife of 38 years, Lesly (Ahuna) Rockwood; children: Samantha Rockwood and Sunni (Ryan) Baker; grandchildren: Donovan Rockwood, Ella and Kate Baker.

Visitation on Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 3:00-8:00 PM at G.L. Hills Funeral Home; 745 Graceland Ave.; Des Plaines, IL. Funeral on Friday, June 22 at 10:00 AM at the GLHills Funeral Home in Des Plaines.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to National Alliance of Mental Illness www.NAMI.org.

 


McCORMACK, William R., 'Bill', 81
, -  of Aurora, IL, passed away on Monday May 28, 2018 at Alden of Waterford. He was born on May 31, 1936 in Leavenworth, Kansas.

Bill served his country with the U.S. Air Force. He was An Air Traffic Controller at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, IL in the West High Altitude area.

He was a long-time member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Aurora, where he served as Deacon and Elder. Bill was very involved with scouting, officiating and other community activities. He was also a life-long East Aurora 'Tomcat' supporter.

Bill is survived by his wife Dorothy McCormack of Aurora; his children: Patrick (Briget) McCormack of Plano, IL; Janet (John) Avendano of Bourbonnais, IL; and Michael (Karen) McCormack of Peoria.

His 10 grandchildren: Paul (Deanna) Potts, Shawn McCormack, Samuel McCormack, Michael Avendano, Nikki Avendano, Marissa Avendano, Jeff (Kim) McCormack, Shauna McCormack, Kelly McCormack and Kacey McCormack.

And 5 great-grandchildren: Lake McCormack, Summer McCormack, Anthony (Peaches) McCormack, Zachary Larson, Mickey Larson and one great-great-grandchild: Hazel McCormack, plus many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Friday, June 1, 2018 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at the Healy Chapel; 332 W. Downer Pl; Aurora, IL 60506.

Funeral services will be held Saturday June 2, 2018 at 10:30 AM at Westminster Presbyterian Church; 10 N. Edgelawn Dr.; Aurora, IL 60506 with a luncheon to follow.

Interment will be private. For further information please call (630) 897-9291 or visit our website at www.healychapel.com to sign the online guestbook.

 


SHANNON, John, 82
, -  passed away on April 26, 2018. He was an Air Traffic Control at Chicago ARTCC in Aurora, IL, and worked in the East Wing area..

              No services planned - cremation was his choice.

(More information will be included here if we see an obituary)
 


DeSPLINTER, Vern, 77
, - of Houston, Texas passed away on April 6, 2018. He was born on December 26,1940.

He was an Air Traffic Control at Chicago ARTCC in Aurora, IL.

Interests include flying, amateur radio and golf.

He was also a Chiropractor and Truck Driver.

(More information will be included here if we see an obituary)
 


KLUGE, Kenneth Lee, 53
, - of Batavia, IL passed away on January 18, 2018. He was born on August 24, 1964 in Janesville, Wisconsin. He married Leigh Ann (Williams) on October 2, 1993.

Besides his family, Ken's 3 main loves were the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers, and anything aviation related. He attended the Oshkosh Airshow with his family and friends every year since age 8.

Ken retired in 2015 as an Air Traffic Controller at Chicago ARTCC where he had worked for nearly 30 years.

He is survived by his wife, Leigh Ann and their daughter, Ashleigh Kluge.

Visitation was held at Moss Family Funeral Home in Batavia.

Memorial contributions in Ken's memory can be directed to St. Jude's Children's Hospital at https://www.stjude.org

 

SALMON, Peter H., 73 - of Chicago, IL passed away on January 6, 2018.

He was born January 15, 1944.

He worked at Milwaukee Tower, O'Hare Tower, and Great Lakes Regional Office.

Pete also coached youth basketball at St. Gregory's for many years.

"Pete was formerly at ORD, we worked together when I was a Ops Officer then Deputy in 1973-76. He was an enormously popular guy and one great controller.   I retired from FAA Headquarters in 1993 after 38 years of government service.  I am sure that there are many of the Chicagoland crew who were close to him over the years and who will surely miss him. Hope had a peaceful 'Last Flight'."  -- Jim Burns

"Pete was in management at ORD and also worked at the Regional Office for a number of years. He was the Assistant Division Manager when I retired in 1997. We spent many days on the road together and he was a real good friend and a real character."     -- Dave Erickson

"Pete Salmon was a great Chief of O'Hare Air Traffic Control Tower. He kept a steady hand at the helm while he afforded his controllers unconditional trust and support in order to successfully perform their work to the best of their ability. He was respected and will be remembered by all of us."   -- Carol & Gerry Elliott

"My sincere condolence to the family of Pete Salmon. I worked for the FAA, both as a controller and in management. I knew and greatly admired Pete for the great person he was. He was fun to be around... a people person for sure. He always did what he thought was the right thing to do, both at work and after work.  He was a hero, once saving someone from drowning in Lake Michigan. Pete loved the business he was in and the people with whom he worked. Those who knew Pete, knew him as an honest, fun, straight-shooting guy who would do anything for anybody. This is a great loss to all of us, but especially his loving family. Pete will live on, forever, in ALL of our memories."  --Randy Z.

"So saddened to hear about this. Pete was a great guy. I knew him many years and he was always a bright spot in my day. Loved his quick wit and sense of humor. My sincere condolences to his entire family. My prayers are with you."  -- Shirley Reuss

"So sorry to hear of Pete's passing. Thoughts and prayers for Mary Beth and family. Pete and I graduated together from St. Gregory H.S. Many great memories and reunions. May he rest in peace."     -- Dianne (Rederer) Borrini

"Met Pete when I transferred from Green Bay Tower to ORD in the summer of 1976. He was friendly, helpful and supportive as I progressed through my training. So sorry to hear of his passing. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy."    -- Jim OConnor

 

"Pete is the first Air Traffic Manager I ever met in the FAA. I first met him when he called on me at an assembly at the FAA's Training Center in Oklahoma City. I thought I was in trouble my first week of employment (I earned that trouble honestly throughout my career) and meekly wandered up to the front of the stage and told them who I was.

Suddenly the voice of God (Pete) bellowed: 'Where the hell have you been? Your uncle John said to say hello! We were friends from that day forward and I always strived to be a man as good as him. A true great Air Traffic Manager. He even saved someone from drowning in Lake Michigan. I really hope he doesn't have a tie on when he enters heaven. He disliked them as much as I do."  -- Michael Hannigan

 

Peter is survived by his wife: Mary Beth (Molitor) and children: Peter (Leslie); Matthew, Mark, Luke, and Anna Marie and several nieces and nephews.

Mass was held on Thursday January 11th at St. Hilary Church; 5601 N. California Ave; Chicago, IL, and interment at Maryhill Cemetery.
 

BISHOP, Leonard E., 92 - of Sun City West, Arizona, formerly of Moline, Illinois, passed away on January 9, 2018.

He was born June 23, 1925 in Garfield Heights/Cuyahoga, Ohio. He married Mary Dudzik at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Moline. She preceded him in death in 2006.

Len was an Air Traffic Controller at Chicago Air Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Illinois and worked in the East Wing. He lived in Montgomery, IL.

"I knew Len real well. We both worked East Wing for a few years before I went to High. He was an unassuming kind of guy. Quiet, and was a good wood worker. Helped me put an addition on my house.      He also sold me an old Plymouth, that I remember so well. It was a stick shift, and came equipped with its own rope - tied to the clutch. When you depressed the clutch, it would stick and you have to retrieve it with the rope. And believe it or not, he did not charge me any extra for the rope.    I think he ran a fishing boat our of the harbor in Chicago too."       -- Harvey Keck

Leonard was a veteran serving in the U.S. Marine Corp as a Technical Sergeant during WWII.

He is survived by 3 daughters: Karen (James) Grande of Dousman, WI; Linda (Rich) Humm of South Lake, TX; Diane (Steve) Wright of Phoenix, AZ, 1 son: Daniel Andrew Bishop of Waukesha, WI; 11 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services were held on February 23, 2018 in Moline, IL followed by cremation rites. Interment was at the National Cemetery at the Rock Island Arsenal with military honors conducted by Moline American Legion Post 246.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
 


 


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