May 222018

We are sorry to inform you that Dr. Robert Harris Byler. Jr. (Bob Byler) ’52, passed away Saturday, April 28, succumbing to cancer.  He was 87. Byler was known the world over or his lifelong love of jazz, especially Dixieland. As a journalist, he wrote in The Mississippi Rag for decades and other publications and into his twilight years for the Venice Gondolier Sun as he followed the local jazz scene on the SunCoast.  

He will be deeply missed by all those whose lives he touched.

Read his full obituary here.

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Apr 062018

We are sorry to inform you that Lloyd R. Brackney ’59 died on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. After he received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and his Masters Degree from Loyola University in New Orleans, Lloyd directed Middle, Jr. High and High School bands during his career. While serving in the U.S. Army he directed the 113th Army training unit band. After teaching for 24 years at Roosevelt Middle School in Kenner, LA he retired in 1994. After retiring, he was active as a music adjudicator and clinician in Southeast Louisiana. He was a member of Music Educators National Convention, Louisiana Music Educators Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Kappa Delta Pi. He was also a past president of the Jefferson Parish Band Directors Association. Lloyd road in Mardi Gras as King Pygmalion I during its inaugural parade in 2000. He will miss the “Old Men’s Club” at Lakeside Shopping Center where they have for many years solved most of the world’s problems.

Read his full obituary here:

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Apr 052018

We are sorry to announce that Joseph L. Corsello  ’59  passed away Friday, January 26, 2018.

Joe’s time at IWU was put on pause as he left to serve in the U.S. Army at the conclusion of the Korean conflict. Following his honorable discharge, Joe returned to Illinois Wesleyan where he joined the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. It was then during his early teaching career that Joe earned his Master’s degree from the University of Illinois.

Mr. C., as his students fondly referred to him, began his teaching career at Morris Community High School in 1959. The same year that he married his college sweetheart, Norma Fisher. While teaching art and ceramics at MCHS, Joe served many times as a class sponsor, Director of Student activities, student council advisor, and a cheerleader coach. He also established the Delta Phi Art Club to foster his students’ love of art. In 1978, Joe was recognized as the Illinois State Teacher of the Year.

As he retired from MCHS, Joe began a new career as an art teacher at Immaculate Conception School where he taught for 22 years. During this time, Joe was awarded the Dolly Parton Chasing Rainbows Award. In the last years of his life, Morris Community High School honored Joe by naming him as an inaugural inductee to their Hall of Distinction, and the Morris Rotary Club recognized Joe with the Paul Harris Fellow Award. These last awards were bookends to numerous recognitions and awards Joe received for his generosity to his community, dedication to his profession, and love of his students.

Joe’s alter ego was St. Nick. He played Santa for 45 years, and often spent his Christmases bringing joy to the less fortunate. Joe was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, Knights of Columbus duPontaris Council, American Legion Post 294, and the Grundy County Historical Society. He was also a charter member of the Morris Kiwanis Club.

He will be dearly missed.

Read his full obituary here:

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Apr 022018

Tuesday, April 3rd is our day of giving at Illinois Wesleyan and this year’s theme is
Think Bigger!
Not only is today a day for giving, it’s a day to celebrate IWU and all of the things that make it special. The classes of the 40s and 50s have already made a significant impact! How can we #ThinkBigger this year?
Shall we make it a class competition this year? Let’s think bigger and surpass last year’s donors and dollars contributed! Please encourage your classmates to join you in being #AllInForWesleyan!

Click here to learn more and to donate on Tuesday, April 3rd.
Help spread the word using #AllInForWesleyan and take advantage of our social media toolkit.

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Mar 062018

We are sad to inform you that Ruth (Adams) Thornton ’45 passed away on February 28th, 2015 at the age of 91 in Tracy, CA after battling Alzheimer’s for nine years.

Ruth lived in Danville, Illinois from birth until 1963 when she moved to Anaheim, CA. The move to Anaheim was a huge sacrifice by Ruth and Chuck which was prompted by their strong desire to improve the education of their sons who were facing the prospects of many budget cuts in the Danville School District. Ruth was employed by the Anaheim Union High School District as a Media Specialist for 17 years. Prior to moving to Anaheim, she was an employee of Palmer American National Bank in Danville, IL for 8 years.

Her most important responsibility and the one she took the most pride in, was her job as a mom and grandma! Ruth was an avid sports fan. She was a long time season ticket holder of the Angels Baseball Team while residing in Southern California. She also stayed close to her roots by being a passionate football and basketball fan of the University of Illinois Fighting Illini. Her greatest enthusiasm was saved for the basketball teams her sons coached and all the teams that her grandkids played on. She was famous for being the first “fan” to arrive at almost every game her family members participated in. Ruth also cherished her many visits to Disneyland where her husband Chuck was employed for over 20 years. It brought her much joy throughout the years to share the Disney experience with her sons and grandchildren. She particularly enjoyed a once in a life-time family trip to Disney World in Orlando.

Read Ruth’s full obituary here.

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Mar 052018

We are deeply saddened to inform you that Helen Katrine Vercler, 92 of Chenoa, passed away at 7:30 pm, Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at her residence in Chenoa.

After graduating from Wisconsin Rapids High School, Helen moved to Central Illinois and entered the three-year Cadet Nurse program at Brokaw School of Nursing at IWU. Helen spent many years working in the nursing profession in a variety of settings including office nursing for Dr. R.L. Oyer in Chenoa; the Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community and several positions in hospitals in Urbana, Pontiac and Fairbury.

Helen enjoyed the written word and was a dedicated writer of family history and her own life experiences.  She was also an amateur artist having completed many paintings in oils and watercolor and enjoyed several types of craftwork. She also served as a member of the Chenoa United Methodist Church for over 60 years.

Helen will be missed by all those whose lives she touched.

Read her full obituary here.


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Mar 022018

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of John W. Remo M.D. on February 14th, 2018 at the age of 81.

John served as an officer in the United States Navy as a LTJG from 1962 to 1965 in both San Francisco and San Diego. He then went on to complete his medical internship and residency in radiology at the University of Michigan in 1971, becoming board certified in 1972. During this time he met his beloved wife, Jean, who was a nurse educator at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn Heights, MI. They were married  in St. Paul, MN and on completion of his residency, moved to West Lafayette in 1971.

Starting at the Arnett Clinic, in Lafayette, IN, John began his diagnostic radiology practice. He later moved to Home Hospital in Lafayette where he was a devoted practitioner for over 30 years. He attempted to retire in 2001, and admitting to have “flunked retirement,” returned to part time employment, beginning at Tipton County Memorial Hospital, and as of December 2017, was working at Logansport Memorial Hospital. It was his joy to apply his many gifts in selfless service to others. He was alsoan avid reader, crossword puzzle aficionado, loved to share his many life stories, and hada true passion for the wonder of cinema.

John was a longtime member on the Board of Trustees at Illinois Wesleyan University. He also loved to cook and shared his skills leading and serving on the Bereavement Meal Committee at Covenant Church. A member of Covenant for more than 40 years, John was actively involved in the Missions Committee for over a decade. During these years he developed a fondness for the Orucho Hills Worship Center in Western Kenya and it’s pastor Peter Onyango. This ministry serves 5 churches in a rural area and 16 small group Bible studies. Once John and Jean moved to Westminster Village, John became involved with the Vespers Committee where he had been joyfully serving for the last six years.

John will be dearly missed by all those whose lives he touched.

Read his full obituary here:

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Feb 272018

We remember the following alumni who have passed and celebrate their lives.

George Allison ’51 – 12/30/17, Robert Banta ’51 – 8/25/16, Nancy Carroll ’54 – 12/27/16, Rev. Richard Chrisman ’53 – 1/13/17, Franklyn Davis ’51 – 11/20/17, Earl Ehresman ’53 – 8/9/17, Robert Gipson, Sr. ’50 – 5/8/17, Kenneth Keene ’58 – 3/12/17, Leonard Kesl ’53 – 11/24/12, Roma (Doehring) Knuth ’53 – 12/19/17, Gordon Leinwand ’59 – 8/15/17, Raymond Lotz ’52 – 12/23/14, Joyce (Rieg) Luciani ’55 -11/18/16, Rose (Stock) Lundquist ’52 – 12/2/17, Patricia (Haner) Macdonald ’59 – 9/29/14, Elizabeth (Halfyard) McIntosh ’54 – 12/15/17, Harry Mehl ’50 – 8/22/17, Henry Mendenhall ’54 – 8/14/17, Roderick Myshrall ’52 – 2/2/13, Linda (Wulff) Norton ’59 -10/27/17, Carol (Kling) Preikschat ’52 – 5/11/17, Barbara (Scott) Price ’50 – 9/18/17,  Bissesssarnat Ramcharan ’54 – 3/3/15, Frank Rorabach ’59 – 2/16/15, James Schroeck ’57 – 1/21/15,  Catherine (Carson) Sherrard ’51 – 10/16/16, Rev. Mary (Logan) Siders ’57 – 5/6/17, Kenneth Single, D.D.S. ’55 – 11/30/16, Colonel James Swinney, U.S.M.C. Ret. ’53 – 9/12/17, Ronald Weeden ’56 – 9/22/16

If an obituary was found online, we have made an individual post to remember those alumni. You can search by name in the right of your class newsletter.

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