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OBITUARIES:  (published Nov. 2, 2017)

Wilbur "Dan" Humphrey
Wilbur “Dan” Humphrey, 96, a former 68-year resident of Hinsdale, died Oct. 18, 2017.
Dan Humphrey was born in 1921 to Jesse and Rubena Humphrey in Moline. He was raised with his late sister, Juanita, in West Frankfort. Dan would always share stories and memories about his childhood years with his best friend, Rex Wesson.
   Dan married his high school sweetheart, Maurine Jones, and moved to Hinsdale in 1948. It was in Hinsdale that Dan and Maureen raised their two children, who remembered him as the best dad in the world.
   After graduating from high school, Dan was in the Army and held a desk job writing about World War II. Following his time in the Army, he went on to a career in journalism, working first for The Daily American Newspaper and then, becoming the editor of The Hinsdale Doings. Dan’s last job as a journalist was writing for Chain Store Age Publications and this led him to become an owner and salesman for SMI Inc., a national sales agency selling to drug chains throughout the country.
   Dan’s retirement years were especially busy and he was known for his involvement in the community. He was a hospice volunteer at Carol Stream Hospice and Burr Ridge Hospice, bringing patients much hope and joy. He was an active member of the Union Church of Hinsdale, where he attended weekly services and enjoyed his involvement in the men’s club and as a lay minister for the church. Dan especially enjoyed volunteering his time reading to first-graders at the Hinsdale schools, always selecting a wonderful book for them to enjoy. His last years were spent fondly in the company of his daughter. Sheri would visit him at King Bruwaert House in Burr Ridge to tell stories and bring him his favorite chocolate milk shake.
   He was preceded in death by his wife, Maurine, nee Jones, Humphrey; and his son, Barry Lee Humphrey.
   He is survived by his daughter, Sheri (the late Steven L.) Peterson.
   A private family interment was held at Bronswood Cemetery in Oak Brook.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made online to the Alzheimer’s Association at
   Sullivan Funeral Home in Hinsdale handled the arrangements.

Jean M. Pierson
Jean M. Pierson, 83, of Plainfield, formerly of Burr Ridge, died Oct. 25, 2017.
   She was born in 1934 to Edward and Florence Terch.
   Jean was an avid reader, loved animals and was a devoted member of Lyonsville Congregational Church.
   She was preceded in death by her son, David John (Diane) Pierson; her sister, Arlene Skyrm.
   She is survived by her sons, Dale (Loretta) of Hinsdale and Drew (Barbara); her grandchildren, Michael (Jessica) Pierson, Jennifer (Mike) Platt, Matt Pierson, Lauren (Nick) Castner and Shelly Pierson; her great-grandchildren, Crista Pierson, Zach and Katie Platt; her nephew, Scott Skyrm; and her great-niece and -nephews, Paige, Harrison and Spencer Skyrm.
   A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at Lyonsville Congregational United Church of Christ, 6871 Joliet Road, Indian Head Park.
   Interment is private.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization, 135 S. LaSalle St., No. 2000, Chicago, IL 60603; or to the Lyonsville Congregational Church, 6871 Joliet Road, Indian Head Park, IL 60525.
   Hallowell & James Funeral Home in Countryside handled the arrangements.

Charles Willaim Russell
Charles William Russell, 86, a 79-year resident of Hinsdale, died peacefully Oct. 26, 2017, at Oak Trace in Downers Grove, surrounded by his family.
   Chuck was born in 1931 in Chicago to Charles and Helen Russell.
   He was the oldest of three boys and his cousin, Kay Swanson, who grew up with him. He graduated from Fenwick High School and attended St. Ambrose University as well as seminary school before serving in the Korean War as a Navy pilot.
   He married the love of his life, whom he met in first grade, Jackie (Urann) in 1954 and enjoyed a career as a pilot with American Airlines for 35 years. Capt. Russell loved to fly. Among the thousands of flights he flew all over the world was the inaugural flight of American Airlines to Frankfort, Germany.
   Chuck was a faith-filled man, devoted to his family, friends and community. Much of his volunteer work was through his lifetime parish church, St. Isaac Jogues. He started as an altar boy and later continued as lector, Eucharistic minister, chairman of the church’s capital campaign, member of the Resurrection Choir and mentor in the transitional housing ministry. He also volunteered throughout his life in various other ministries, such as St. Thomas Hospice and Metropolitan Family services and served as president and board member for the Adult Day Care center in Downers Grove. Chuck was also a volunteer firefighter. He was passionate about helping people and was unafraid to not only take a stand, but to take action for what he believed in. He always found a way to “make it work” for the cause or person for whom he was advocating.
   Parkinson’s Disease took Chuck’s health from him over the past six years, but he accepted it gracefully and without complaining. He never lost his spirit, which was shown by the way he continued to touch the lives of the staff and residents of the nursing home where he lived, where he was always ready with his contagious smile.
   He was preceded in death by his siblings, John, Bill and Kay.
Chuck is survived by his wife of 63 years, Jackie; his six children, Tim (Karen), Pat (Ginny), Annie (Mark), Jim (Susan), Cathy (Ken) and Jane (Mike); his 19 grandchildren; several brothers- and sisters-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews.
   Visitation will be held from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, at Oak Trace, 200 Village Drive, Downers Grove.
   Family and friends will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, for a Mass of Christian burial at St. Isaac Jogues Church, 306 W. Fourth St., Hinsdale.
Memorials may be made to Amita Health Adventist St. Thomas Hospice c/o Hinsdale Hospital Foundation, P.O Box 130, Hinsdale, IL 60522-0130.
   Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book at
   Brian Powell Funeral Directors of Hinsdale handled the arrangements.



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