In Memory


GRACE POTTKER ’31, March 31, Peoria. She was a photographic retoucher and colorist for Burchett Studios and Delayne Color Lab. She was 102. Grace was named the oldest living Bradley basketball fan when she turned 100.

WILLIAM KANNAPEL ’35, March 21, Danville. He was chief of medicine for Veteran’s Administration hospitals in Dwight and Danville for 24 years, followed by 16 years as chief of staff in Danville. A World War II Army Medical Corps veteran, Bill was president of the school board in Dwight, as well as other organizations including the Audubon Society, Lions Club, and Outdoor Heritage Foundation. He was instrumental in starting the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Champaign. Surviving are his wife BETTY FOX KANNAPEL ’39, two daughters, and five grandchildren.

LYLE PAPENDICK ’35, Jan. 12, Red Bluff, Calif. He was CEO of S.C. Bartlett Co. until selling the company in 1984. Active in Masonic work, he held the top Eastern Star office in Illinois in 1982. Three sons including DAVID PAPENDICK ’65, 13 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren survive.

JEAN BICKERMAN BEST ’39, Feb. 25, Peoria. A member of Chi Omega, she was involved with the Peoria Medical Society Alliance for many years. She also was active in the Easter Seals Auxiliary. Surviving are two sons, several grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

NELLIE VINSON LUDWIG ’39, March 3, Hoopeston. She was office manager for a plumbing and heating firm for 26 years. Nellie sang in her church choir. Her daughter, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren survive.

ROBERT WHITCOMB ’39, Feb. 4, Peoria. He was credit manager for Sears Roebuck. Bob was a member of Sigma Phi and was active in Bradley alumni organizations. An avid golfer, he also was a World War II Army veteran. Four children including SHARON WHITCOMB BURKLUND ’63, nine grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren survive.


CLAYTON CHANCE ’43, Dec. 17, 2010, Cottonwood, Ariz. He was a professor emeritus of engineering technology at Northern Arizona University where he taught for 18 years. Previously he taught for 13 years at the University of Texas, where he earned his master’s and doctoral degrees. A World War II Army veteran, Clayton was active in his church. Three sons, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren survive. His wife Rose died on February 2.

LOUIS PAPE ’43, Feb. 18, 2010, New Braunfels, Texas. He farmed for 48 years in Illinois. He was active in Masonic work and his church. A World War II Army Air Corps veteran, he was shot down and held in a POW camp. Survivors include his wife Virginia, his daughter CHERYL PAPE DENSLOW ’70, two grandsons, and three great-grandchildren.

KEN McMULLEN ’44, Sept. 17, 2010, Oceanside, Calif. A World War II Navy veteran, he also attended Harvard Business School. Ken worked at Lockheed Martin. He was an avid golfer.

HERBERT ROSZELL JR. ’44, Feb. 1, Decatur. He worked at A.E. Staley Manufacturing Co. for 36 years, retiring as a director of the protein division. A World War II Naval aviator, he held a degree from the University of Illinois. His wife OPAL MIRIAM BACKES ROSZELL ’43 survives.

WILLIAM BOESCH ’46, Jan. 9, Utica, N.Y. Employed by Special Metals Corp. for 25 years, he was named inventor of the year in 1986 for contributions to metal and alloy advancement. Bill was a World War II Army veteran. Surviving are his wife Mary, two children, and five grandchildren.

JEAN ROELFS DACE ’46, March 15, Peoria. Jean was instrumental in starting the Institute for Learning in Retirement (now the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at Bradley. In Milwaukee and Springfield she worked in public relations and fundraising for organizations such as Boys Club of America, Aid to Retarded Citizens, and Goodwill. Her two children and a granddaughter survive.

LEONARD RICH ’46, Feb. 5, Bloomington. A graduate of the University of Illinois Chicago Dental School, he practiced dentistry in Gridley until 1997. Leonard also headed the dental department of the Illinois Department of Corrections for 30 years. He announced football games for Gridley High School for four decades. He was a Korean War Navy veteran. Survivors include his wife Mary, three children, and a grandson.

WILLIAM HANNA ’47, Jan. 15, Rockville, Md. Bill served four terms as mayor of Rockville and also served as president of the Montgomery County Council. He held a master’s degree in economics from George Washington University. His civil service career was with NASA and the Social Security Administration. Bill was a World War II Army veteran and served in the Air Force Reserves. Survivors include his wife Annette, seven daughters, 15 grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters.

SALLIE LUKE JOHNSTON ’47, March 13, Peoria. She was a teacher at Dunlap Grade School for more than 20 years until retiring in 1984. Sallie was a member of Sigma Kappa. Three sons, 10 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren survive.

ROBERT “BO” OSSENBECK ’48, Jan.13, Peoria. He worked for Caterpillar for 37 years in Peoria, California, and Switzerland. He retired in 1985. He was an active volunteer and a World War II Army Air Corps veteran. Survivors include his wife AVA CLEARY OSSENBECK ’49, five children, four grandchildren, and his sister RUTH OSSENBECK McAVOY ’49.

HENRY B. BROWN ’49, Jan. 6, Rockford. He was an engineer at Rehnberg-Jacobson Manufacturing. His wife Linnea survives.

HOWARD LYKINS ’49, March 1, East Peoria. He was a service engineer at Caterpillar, retiring in 1986. A World War II Army Air Corps veteran, Howard also served in the Air National Guard. He enjoyed gardening and woodworking. Surviving are his wife Runell, two children including DEBORAH LYKINS KAMP ’74, two grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.


ALVIN ARONOVSKY ’50, Feb. 24, Columbus, Ohio. He was a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force. Five children, eight grandchildren, and a great-grandson survive.

JAMES GARLS ’50, July 9, 2010, Pekin. He was an electrical engineer for Caterpillar for 25 years, retiring in 1972. Jim served in the Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean War. An amateur radio operator, he also enjoyed golf.

GEORGE HOGBERG ’50, Feb. 15, Rockford. He retired from Borg Warner in 1988. Earlier he worked at Rockford Machine Tool and Mechanics Universal Joint. He enjoyed fishing and restoring automobiles with his son. George was a World War II Army Air Force veteran.

LOUIS “PAUL” LECOUR ’50, Jan. 11, Kankakee. He operated several businesses on Main Street in Peoria. His Toyota dealership was one of the first in the state. Paul was a World War II Navy veteran. His wife Peggy and one daughter survive.

MARGARET ELLIS MILLER ’50, Dec. 29, 2010, Cambridge, Mass. She was a guidance counselor at the Escola Americana in Rio de Janeiro and the United Nations International School in New York City. Awarded an honorary doctorate from Marymount Manhattan College, she pioneered the teaching of psychology in high schools. She later worked as a property manager. Survivors include three children, her sister ALMA ELLIS PARRISH ’61, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

EDWARD MORGAN ’50, March 15, Wheaton. As an executive vice president with ServiceMaster, he helped launch overseas operations. He was instrumental in the founding of Central DuPage Hospital, serving on its board and two local school boards. In 2010 he received the first Leadership Circle Award from Wheaton Academy. He was a World War II Marine Corps veteran. Surviving are his wife Sally, seven children, 15 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

FLOYD PINGREE ’50, Feb. 9, Glendale Heights. He served two terms as an alderman in St. Charles. Floyd was a Marine Corps veteran. Survivors include his wife Mildred, three children, two stepchildren, and eight grandchildren.

CHESTER TRIM ’50, Aug. 2, 2010, San Antonio. He ran the southern district of the Inter-American Geodetic Survey. Chet was a member of Rho Delta at Bradley. His children survive.

THOMAS ATKINSON ’51, Jan. 10, Seattle. He began working for Boeing in 1951. A World War II Navy veteran, Tom was hospitalized in the Panama Canal Zone and was the first member of the armed services to be given penicillin. Tom enjoyed fishing and hunting. Survivors include his wife Merla, two children, and two grandsons.

BENO ECHERD ’51, March 9, Morton. A World War II Army veteran, he was a test engineer at Caterpillar for 33 years. He enjoyed outdoor sports. Surviving are his wife Ruth, two daughters, five grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

RUSSELL MOORE ’51 MS ’55, March 22, East Peoria. He was superintendent of schools in East Peoria for 20 years after teaching and coaching at high schools in East Peoria and Piper City. He served on the Fondulac Park Board and was a Marine Corps veteran. A Bradley football player, he was a member of the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame. His wife Barbara, four children, and eight grandsons survive.

HENRY NIESCHLAG, MS ’51, March 15, Metamora. He was a research chemist at the USDA Northern Regional Laboratory in Peoria. A World War II Army veteran, Henry was the organist at Christian Union Church for 40 years. Survivors include his wife Peggy, their children RUSSELL NIESCHLAG ’81 and ANITA NIESCHLAG O’NEILL ’85, and four grandchildren.

RALPH SCHIMMEL ’51, Jan. 17, Hagerstown, Md. He was a mechanical engineer for Mack Trucks. Ralph was a World War II Navy veteran. His wife Bertha survives, along with two children and two grandchildren.

JACK HART ’52, Jan. 13, Glenview. He retired in 1990 after 37 years with CNA Insurance. He was an active Christian Scientist and enjoyed biking. Jack was a World War II Army veteran. Surviving are his wife Irma, a son, and two grandchildren.

FRANCES MYERS MATHIS ’53, Jan. 8, Henry. She had worked at the public library. Survivors include her husband Edward, three children, seven grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

BETTY HILL McCLINTICK ’53, Feb. 22, Peoria. A member of Gamma Phi Beta, she was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband Tom and their two sons.

ROBERT SONGER ’53, March 19, Peoria. In 1997 Bob retired as a casualty claims specialist after a 25-year career with American Family Insurance. He was an Army and Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War. Bob was a member of Theta Xi. Two children and two grandchildren survive.

JOYCE LERMAN STRULL ’53, Feb. 16, Las Vegas. She and her husband Donald owned Paul’s Liquor & Pipe Shop for 28 years before moving to San Diego and then Las Vegas. He survives, along with four children and six grandchildren.

RICHARD WASHBURN ’53 MA ’53, Feb. 12, Springfield. He was a sales rep for Standard Oil, Burroughs Corp., and Standard Register, retiring in 1990. He was a World War II Navy veteran. Dick was active in his church and Shrine activities. His wife Lois survives, along with their four daughters and four grandchildren.

LAWRENCE BASS ’54, Oct. 1, 2010, Arlington, Texas. He was an engineer with the FAA and later worked as a consultant in aeronautics. He was also a private pilot. He enjoyed genealogy and RV travel. His wife Mary Alice survives.

GERALD HITT ’54, Aug. 12, 2010, Albuquerque, N.M. He served in the Air Force for 22 years, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. Jerry held a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Oklahoma. For 15 years he published a monthly newsletter about White Pine, Colorado, a mining town where he owned a cabin. Surviving are his wife Lois, two sons, and two grandchildren.

RONALD PILON ’54, March 18, Salem, S.C. He worked in marketing for Caterpillar for 37 years, retiring in 1992. He was involved in Peoria-area theater for 45 years. An Air Force veteran, Ron was a member of Sigma Chi. Survivors include his wife Marilyn, three children, and six grandchildren.

VIRGINIA VAN DER MUELEN BURNS ’55, Dec. 27, 2010, St. Charles. She was a member of Sigma Kappa. Two daughters and six grandchildren survive.

ROBERT LUBKEMAN ’56, Feb. 5, Antioch. He was national facilities manager of A.C. Nielsen Co. and also operated Lake Region Home Design. An Army veteran, Bob also served in the Reserves. He was the first president of the local Jaycees, and Rotary had honored him as a Paul Harris Fellow. Bob enjoyed beekeeping. He was a member of Theta Chi at Bradley. Surviving are his wife ANNETTE ERICKSON LUBKEMAN ’56, two sons including MATTHEW LUBKEMAN ’85, and three granddaughters.

LEE MARZOLO ’56, Jan. 6, Laguna Woods, Calif. He was a freelance artist. A member of Theta Chi, Lee enjoyed singing in barbershop groups. His wife Ann and their children survive.

ROBERT POINDEXTER ’56 MA ’62, Jan. 6, East Peoria. Bob was principal of Leroy High School. He was a veteran.

RAY WYKES ’56, Jan. 10, Cerritos, Calif. He worked for Rockwell International for 35 years. In 1968 he was awarded a patent for a space and reentry vehicle. Ray was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. His twin DON WYKES ’56 survives.

GERALD GROGG ’57, Jan. 14, Morton. A Korean War veteran, he worked in financial services, retiring in 1994. Survivors include his wife Shirley, four children, nine grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

LEE RATTRAY ’57, Jan. 6, Algonquin. He built subdivisions of homes and apartments until retiring in 2003. Lee was the owner of Stop and Store Inc., a self-storage facility. For the past 25 years he bred and sold thoroughbred racehorses. Surviving are his wife Marilyn, three daughters, two stepchildren, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

RICHARD SCHWEICKERT ’59, Feb. 24, Morris. He was the city engineer for almost 50 years and was active in the community. Dick had owned Nettle Creek Golf Course. Survivors include his wife Judy, three children, six grandchildren, and four brothers including WILLIAM SCHWEICKERT ’65 and DOUG SCHWEICKERT ’73.


JOHN AYMER ’60 MBA ’80, July 22, 2010, Marshalltown, Iowa. He was vice president of operations for Russell Pump & Engineering, and previously had worked for MEPCO Pumps. A 33rd degree Mason, he was also active in the Lincoln Trails Boy Scout Council and Kiwanis. John was a Korean War Air Force veteran. Surviving are his wife Shirley, three children, his mother, six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

RON BROUD ’60, Feb. 1, New Lenox. He was president of Stannard Power Equipment. Ron was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. Survivors include his wife Judy, two children, three stepchildren, and eight grandchildren.

SAM PENDOLA ’60 MA ’65, March 6, Lockport. He taught P.E. and coached cross country and track at Romeoville High School from 1971 to 1993. Earlier he taught in Lockport and Bellevue. His wife Sandra survives, along with two children and three grandchildren.

RAYMOND MERLE DICKEY ’61, Aug. 20, 2010, Metamora. He was an engineer for IDOT for 35 years, retiring in 1997. Merle was active in his church, and served 28 years on the Metamora Grade School Board. He was a Navy veteran and ran in local races. Survivors include his wife Gretta, two children, and two granddaughters.

GLENN ROBERSON, MA ’62, March 10, Peoria. He was vice president of student services at Illinois Central College, and also had been vice president of school and state relations. He began his career as a teacher at Irving Grade School. Surviving are his wife Nickie Roberson, Bradley’s executive director of enrollment management office operations, sons LANCE ROBERSON ’87, ERIC M. ROBERSON ’88, and KEITH ROBERSON ’89, and two grandsons.

JOHN FAUSER ’64, Feb. 17, Morton. He worked at Klaus Radio and then as a regional sales rep for a plumbing firm, retiring in 2009. He played baseball at Bradley, and was a softball pitching coach for 30 years. Survivors include his wife Penny, five children, his mother, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

JEANNINE DeROSE IHRIG ’65, Jan. 21, River Forest. She worked in special education at Oak Park River Forest High School, then as a school psychologist, and later as a dean. Survivors include her husband James, three children, and four grandchildren.

MARJORIE STEVER ’68, Feb. 10, Peoria. She taught at Pleasant Valley School for 20 years. Surviving are four children including RONALD STEVER ’68 and JAY STEVER, MS ’71, 11 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.


CATHY TAYLOR WISE ’70, Nov. 25, 2010, Crystal Lake.

SCOTT DANER ’75, Jan. 20, Wilmington, Del. Scott had been employed by the state of Delaware and the state of New Jersey. He enjoyed music. His wife Phyllis survives.

BRISEIDA DeLEON NORTHRUP ’75 MS ’77, July 3, 2010, Richardson, Texas. She was a clinical audiologist at the University of Texas, Dallas. Survivors include her husband William, her parents, two children, a stepdaughter, and two granddaughters.


MARK CLAUSEN ’84, Dec. 25, 2010, Shorewood. Mark was an engineer technician at Solvair Industries. He was a Boy Scout leader and was active in 4-H. Survivors include his wife Jackie, two sons, two stepchildren, and two step-grandchildren.


JOHN L. SULLIVAN ’90, Dec. 24, 2010, Peoria. He worked for Albanese Development at various hotels. John retired from Proctor Endowment Home in 2005. He was a Marine Corps veteran. Five children including DAN SULLIVAN ’95, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren survive.

CHRISTY BUMP PICTON ’91, Feb. 6, Lewistown. She had been an RN at Methodist Medical Center. An Army veteran, she was active in 4-H. Two daughters, her mother, and four grandchildren survive.

JENNIFER OSIOL HAENLE ’95, Feb. 2, Vernon Hills. Survivors include her husband Mark, two children, and her mother, sister, and brother THOMAS OSIOL ’99.

PAULLA HOEHNE ’97, Jan. 10, Peoria. She retired from teaching at Pleasant Valley School and in School District 150. Her husband Stephen, two sons, and four grandchildren survive.

TINA DUNCAN LARSON ’98, March 1, Peoria. Tina was an active member of St. Thomas Catholic Church. She enjoyed golf. Survivors include her husband Steve, and her daughter, parents, and grandson.