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OBITUARIES:  (published Sept. 14, 2017)

Clarence A. Beutel Jr.
Clarence A. “Larry” Beutel Jr., a lifelong Chicago area resident, businessman and Cubs fan, died Sept. 12, 2017 at age 90.
   Always full of vitality, he drove to his office on to a routine physical – then was hospitalized.  After a brief illness, Larry died peacefully at his Burr Ridge home, surrounded by his family.
   Larry was born to Clarence A. and Elna Beutel in 1927 in Chicago. His passion for baseball extended from forming sandlot teams as a child to being scouted by the Brooklyn Dodgers while at Culver Military Academy in Indiana, where he played baseball and football. After graduation he opted to join the U. S. Navy during World War II. Later he went on to Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.
   Larry began his business career in banking and helped organize the Midwest Bank and Trust Co., of which he was president. In 1968 he established his business brokerage firm, Beutel & Co. and serviced mergers and acquisitions for more than 50 years.
   He raised his family in Hinsdale, where he was a founding member of the Salt Creek Club and a member of Ruth Lake Country Club. He charmed everyone with his wit and kind words.    He loved to wax philosophical sitting around the kitchen table, discussing the issues of the day with children and their friends. In later years he loved attending sporting events and relating stories to his grandchildren.
   Larry was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara; his children, Susan Hartigan and Clarence A. Beutel III; and his sister, Joan (Ron) Christians Butterbaugh.
   He is survived by his second wife, Doris; his children, Sally Ruf and Lee Hintz, his sons- and daughters-in-law, Jack Ruf, Bill Hartigan, Kara Beutel and Scott Hintz; eight grandchildren; his brother, James (Ruth) Beutel; and many nieces and nephews.
   A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at Grace Episcopal Church, 120 E. First St., Hinsdale.
   Burial was private at Bronswood Cemetery in Oak Brook.
   Adolf Funeral Home in Willowbrook handled the arrangements.

Dr. Robert Ross Briney
Dr. Robert Ross Briney, 84, died Sept. 9, 2017, at his home in Hinsdale.
   Born and raised in the City of Chicago, he attended public primary and secondary schools. He studied pre-medicine at Wright Junior College and the University of Illinois at Navy Pier.       Upon his graduation from the University of Illinois College of Medicine, he did an internship and residency in internal medicine at Cook County Hospital, Chicago, from 1958-63. From 1963-68, he had a five-year fellowship in pulmonary disease at Hines Veteran’s Hospital in Maywood.
   Dr. Briney was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in both internal medicine and pulmonary disease. He was a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians.
   Dr. Briney entered the United States Army in 1968 and was assigned to the tuberculosis unit at Fitzsimons Army Hospital in Denver with the rank of lieutenant colonel. After being discharged from the Army in 1970, he settled in Hinsdale and began his practice of pulmonary disease and internal medicine, joining staffs of Suburban Hospital and Hinsdale Hospital. Dr. Briney practiced in the community for 40 years. In addition to his private practice, he was the medical director of Suburban Hospital and a number of long-term care facilities. Many of his colleagues recall him for his presidency of the Douglas Park Branch of the Chicago Medical Society. Dr. Briney maintained his avid interest in both the practice and science of medicine while in retirement.
   He was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Ann Fairhead.
   He is survived by his wife, Maria, nee Rivera; his daughters, Sunny (Ed) Minx and Mimi Briney; his grandchildren, Jessica and Jake; his brothers, Dr. William (Sue) Briney and Dr. Walter F. Briney Jr.; and many nieces and nephews.
   A memorial service was held Sept. 13 at Hinsdale United Methodist Church.
Inurnment is private at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood.
   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hinsdale United Methodist Church, 945 S. Garfield Ave., Hinsdale, IL 60521. 
   Hallowell & James Funeral Home in Countryside handled the arrangements.

Harry Johnson
Harry Johnson, 101, formerly of Hinsdale and Western Springs, passed away Sept. 8, 2017, at Park Pointe Healthcare Center in Morris.
   He was born in 1916 in Western Springs and was a retired sheet metal worker.
   Harry was a Navy veteran of the European Theater of Operations and the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II. He was proud to be selected as a Honor Flight participant to Washington, D.C.
   He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna, nee Lubbring; his sister, Eleanor Johnson-Zitzka; and his nephew, Carl.
   He is survived by his siblings, George Johnson, Emery Johnson, Earl Johnson, Florence Johnson, Helen Johnson and Ernest Johnson; his niece and nephews, Harry (Charlotte) Zitzka, Eleanor (the late Clifford) Zitzka-Siemer, Robert, Thomas and Gary Johnson, and George, Edward and Richard Zitzka; his great-nieces and -nephews, Janet Zitzka-Knutson, Wayne Zitzka, Ken Zitzka, Karen Siemer-Granger, Gail Siemer-Mesch, Lynn Siemer-Montemayor, Robert Siemer, Susan Zitzka-Pletsch, Greg Zitzka, Rick Zitzka, Michael Zitzka, Deanne Rizleris-Zitzka, Tom Zitzka, Becky Johnson-Brown, Brian Johnson, Alex Johnson and Lisa Lacher; 34 great-great-nieces and nephews; and 20 great-great-great-nieces and nephews.
   The funeral service and interment are private.
Brian Powell Funeral Directors of Hinsdale handled the arrangements.


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