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March 2018

Peter Ketchum '61
John Leys '87
Steven Milke '80
James Jones '67

Peter Ketchum - Class '61
Peter Ketchum, 74, of Bluffton, SC, died Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, at Memorial Medical University Hospital, Savannah. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 31 at Sauls Funeral Home, Bluffton, with a memorial service to follow.

Published in The Island Packet on Feb. 26, 2018

John Leys - Class '87

John A. Leys, age 48; beloved husband of Jean, nee Worth-Klimek; loving father of Chelsey; dear step-father of James A. and Kelsey J. Klimek; devoted son of Jeanette Leys and Rodger (Susan) Leys; fond brother of Eric (Jerrod) and the late Paul Leys; dear step-brother of Shari (Garland) Munger; also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Visitation Sat., Mar. 3, 2018, 1-5 PM with a service at 4 PM at Matz Funeral Home, 410 E. Rand Rd., Mt. Prospect. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Cancer Society or Willow Creek Community Church appreciated. 847/394-2336.

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Mar. 2, 2018

Steven Milke - Class '80
Steven Arthur Milke, age 56 of Aurora, formerly of Naperville, Arlington Heights and Des Plaines, IL. He passed away peacefully, Sunday, March 4, 2018 at Journey Care Hospice facility of Barrington, IL after a courageous 18 year battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was born January 7, 1962 in Chicago to his loving late parents, Edward and Jane Milke. Cherished husband of Carol Milke, nee Church, wedded on May 12, 1990. Beloved father of Nicholas and Timothy Milke of Aurora. Dearest brother of Thomas (Helga) Milke and Martin Milke. Dearest brother-in-law of Mary (Sam) DiCarlo and Bill (Jana) Church. Dearest uncle of Vanessa (Jorge) Dominguez, Andrew Milke, Santo DiCarlo, Erik Church, Mario DiCarlo, Alex Church and Stephanie Milke. Great-uncle of Christian and Sebastian Dominguez, and Mia Milke. Steve was a 1980 graduate of Maine West High School, Des Plaines. He was a long time dedicated employee of ITW Brands. He loved sports cars, music, racquet ball and was a die-hard Cubs Fan!  In lieu of flowers, memorials in Steven’s name to American Parkinson’s Association, 1800 N. Main Street, Suite 215, Wheaton, IL 60187.  Visitation: Wednesday, March 7th 3:00-8:00 PM at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill St., Naperville, IL 60540.  Additional Visitation: Thursday, March 8th 10:00-11:00 AM at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 815 S. Washington Street, Naperville, IL 60540.  Funeral Service to follow at 11:00 AM at Church.  Interment will be private. For more information, please call 630-355-0213 or

James Jones - Class '67
Beloved husband, brother, uncle, and friend James J. Jones was called home by our Lord on March 2, 2018.  He passed peacefully into eternal rest with his loving wife by his side. James was born to  AJ and Peggy (Bond) on November 10, 1948 and raised in Des Plaines, IL. He graduated from Maine West High School and attended college in Southern Illinois. Over the years he held many jobs, from selling insurance, to a teamster delivery driver for United Roofing Supply in Chicago, IL, to most recent as a School Bus driver for Durham Bus Company. He was a long time member of Korpens Yacht Club, and a member of the local Coast Guard Auxiliary. James played a large part in the Fox Lake Chamber of Commerce Holiday parade, from playing Santa for more than 30 years to driving floats on the parade route. Most of all James was a faithful Lutheran who loved the Lord. He was a hard-working, loving, and generous person that was adored by his family and friends. He appreciated a good laugh and was always helping others in need. He was an avid lover of bowling, Blackjack, Pinochle, cars, and boating. James is survived by his wife Therese (Hinkle), Step-sisters  Mary Jo (Roger), Vickie (Larry) and Step-brother Harold (Shelly).He is also survived by many nieces and nephews who loved and adored him. He was preceded in death by his parents A.J and Peggy (Bond),  his beloved wife Susan, Aunt Peach and Uncle Joe Parfitt, and his half-brother Eisley (Bud) Jacobus. Visitation will be held from 10 AM until 12 Noon Thursday March 8, 2018 at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 24300 W. Grass Lake Rd. Antioch, IL 60002, with Funeral Services commencing at 12 Noon. Arrangements were entrusted to the Strang Funeral Home of Antioch. Interment will be at 11:00 AM Friday, March 9, 2018 at Rosehill Cemetery 5800 North Ravenswood Ave. Chicago, IL. In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Heart Association or Faith Lutheran Church, are appreciated in James memory.




Christie Wuertemburg Cotton - Class '77
Christie Lynn Cotton was a woman loved by everybody she came into contact with. She was caring, sweet, funny, and she was the highlight of any event she was a part of. She is survived by her husband Dennis, her sons James & Billy, daughter in law Heather, and her two grandsons Phoenix & James Jr. Christie and Dennis currently own 8 Australian Shepard dogs. She loved to show & breed her aussies. She loved spending time with her boys daughter in law; Family meant the world to her. She was the kind of person to offer help to anybody who needed it at any time. She loved nature and animals. She was an extremely spirtual woman and was heavy in Christian faith. She took great pride in the life she had worked very hard for. After losing her own mother months before, during the early morning of February 16th 2018 at 59 years old she left us here on earth and was able to finally be at peace and no longer be in pain and suffering due to her illnesses. She no longer has to struggle every day.