Oct 142019

I am saddened to report that Dennis Mattix, age 81 of Joliet, passed away May 2, 2019 at home with his family by his side. Born November 15, 1937 in St. Elmo, Illinois, Dennis was the son of George and Gladys (Yakel) Mattix. He graduated from St. Elmo High School in 1955, Illinois Wesleyan University in 1959 and later obtained a master’s degree in education. He devoted the next thirty-five years to teaching physical education, driver’s education and coaching basketball. He retired from Plainfield School District 202 in 1993. He was an active member of Hope United Methodist Church and his fraternity Phi Gamma Delta. Dennis was a golfer, sports enthusiast and lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan. Most of all, he was a husband, father and grandfather who cherished all of his days with his family. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Wanda; five children: Lori Mattix, Penny Mattix, Monty (Diana) Mattix, Lane Mattix and Blake ’91 (Julie) Mattix; nine grandchildren, a special niece, Karen and numerous other nieces and nephews.

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Oct 092019

I am saddened to announce the passing of James “J.C.” Moore ’48 on November 9th, 2017 with his family at his side. J.C. was born on January 22, 1925. He was a standout athlete in high school, and continued playing football and basketball at Illinois Wesleyan University. He married Joyce in 1949, and the two had three daughters while they taught and coached in central Illinois. After obtaining his Masters in Education from Eastern Illinois University, he and his family moved to Mattoon, where he became the head guidance counselor at the high school. J.C. was extremely proud of his children and grandchildren and they gave him tremendous amounts of joy throughout his life. He is survived by Joyce, his daughters, his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren.


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Oct 022019

Bill Labounty ’52 volunteers at McLean County Museum of History. Bill works with their publications, newsletter and Cemetery Walk program printing. He published a book of maps which is still for sale at the museum. He has worked at the museum since 1994. Bill was Director of Printing at ISU from 1970-1993. 

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Sep 302019

Harlan’s hobby of making “statuettes” of bocce players, dogs, tennis players, grand-kids, etc. has provided the funding for his wife (Jeannine) and him to travel extensively–mostly to national and state parks around the U.S.. As a new adjunct to this hobby, He has added “wine bottle art,” again all personalized with people’s photos and names.  With well over 1,000 wineries within 50 miles of their home in Rio Vista, CA, there are no problems getting free wine bottles for the newest hobby modification.  He thinks back to all the photo classes he took at IWU and he’s appreciative as old age has pushed him into new ventures.  He says that “Retirement can be fun!”

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Sep 242019

Unfortunately, Martha Swank McCloud Pusey ’49 passed away on September 1, 2019.  She graduated from Tiffin Columbian High School and Illinois Wesleyan University, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Throughout her left, Martha was a home economics teacher in the Anthony Wayne School District. She was a volunteer with Meals on Wheels, American Red Cross, James Episcopal Thursday Thrift Shop, and the Pardee Educational Center.  Martha was also a member of P.E.O. Sisterhood, and the Waterville United Methodist Church. She loved to travel, and several times hiked to the Mt. Pisgah summit. She is survived by three children and several grandchildren.

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Sep 242019

We are sorry to inform you that Bernadine Corinne LaForge Douglass ’43 passed away on September 12, 2019, remembered as peaceful person. She was born on March 4th, 1921 in Mesa, Arizona. At Illinois Wesleyan, where she earned her BM in music, she met Thomas Douglass and would later marry him. Throughout her life, she taught music at Southwestern University in Texas, sang in church, sang for marriages, sang for funerals, and was blessed to be a loving mother to three children. She is survived by her two sons and three grandchildren.

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Sep 232019

Unfortunately, Mary Plummer ’47 passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2019 as resident of Olney, Illinois. She was born on December 11, 1924. Read the full obituary here.

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Sep 172019

Carlton reports that he’s “still kickin'” at 92, and that he’s been watching football and baseball, participating in horse racing, spending time with family. He is a World War II Veteran, having fought in the war in the Pacific.

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