Stephan L. Gonder (1953-2017)

Stephen L. Gonder, 63, a resident of Wildwood, passed away on Monday, February 20, 2017 in Green Bay, WI. He was born December 5, 1953 in Washington D.C. to Ivan and Kathryn Gonder. Stephen was retired, but had worked for Shogren Fencing Company for over 20 years. He was a member of the American Legion in Gurnee. - See more at:

James Wesley Holst (1929-2017)

James Wesley Holst, 87, of Gurnee, passed away Feb. 17, 2017 at home. He was born Feb. 19, 1929 in Waukegan. Jim graduated from Warren Township High School in 1946, and in 1947 became a member of IBEW L. U. 150 as an electrician. On April 14, 1956 in Kenosha, WI, Jim married the love of his life, Marion C. Scholler. He was a US Army Veteran from Feb. 1951 to Jan. 1953, serving in the Korean War, US Army 2nd Infantry Company K, and a member of the Honor Guard. Jim was proud of his Danish Heritage, enjoyed golfing, playing horseshoes, hunting, gardening, and especially taking care of his fruit trees. He was a member of the Gurnee American Legion Post 771 - See more at:

Howard "Bud" McCann (1923-2017)

Howard 'Bud' McCann, age 93, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on February 19, 2017. He was born in 1923 in Lake Villa to Hugh and Elizabeth McCann. He moved to Gurnee in 1933 and lived in the renowned Mother Rudd Home. Bud graduated from Warren High School in 1941. After graduation he joined the US Navy where he honorably served his country in Cuba on the aircraft carrier USS Princeton. On June 27, 1953, he married Elaine Amundson. In 1948 Bud opened his own barbershop located one block from the Mother Rudd Home in Gurnee, IL, where he worked until he retired in 1986. As an avid sports fan, Bud will be remembered for the years he coached and sponsored numerous local teams. His favorite teams were the White Sox and Chicago Bears. He served as President of the Warren Athletic Booster Club and was a long time member of Gurnee American Legion Post 771.

Scott Miller

Harry R. Nehls, Jr. (1926-2016)

Harry R. Nehls, Jr. of Gurnee, IL died on June 26, 2016 at Advocate Condell Hospital in Libertyville after an extended illness. Harry was born in Geneva, IL on April 19, 1926 but lived nearly his whole life in Waukegan and Gurnee. Harry was married to Anne L. Quist Nehls for 51 years. He served his country in the United States Navy during WWII. He worked as a purchasing agent for Benson Electric and other electrical supply houses. He retired in 1991.

After his retirement, Harry began making his “rounds” every day. He visited Gungler’s Pharmacy, Welton’s Grocery, the Post Office, the Jewel-Osco, Ace Hardware, the Friends of the Library, the Chaplains book store and every yard sale in between. He befriended everyone! As his health declined, he visited doctors and hospitals more often where he knew the names of all his nurses, their kids, their dogs…he genuinely cared about others. People always say he was “such a sweet man”.


Arthur Leable (1930-2016)

Art died peacefully Saturday, February 27, 2016 at Advocate Condell Medical Center, Libertyville, IL. Born in Wadsworth, IL March 31, 1930, the son of the late Edward and Laura (Strahan) Leable. On December 14, 1952, Art married Doris Mae Callanan in Gurnee. He served in the U.S. Navy (1951-1955), and after his discharge, Art and two of his brothers started a construction business called Leable Bros. Later, Art began his own business, Arthur W. Leable Construction. He also worked as the building inspector for Wadsworth, retiring last year after 32 years. He is survived by his wife, Doris; their children Sandy Stephens of Winthrop Harbor, IL, Edward (Deborah) Leable of Kenosha, WI, and Brad Leable of Wadsworth, IL; nine grandchildren: Brian Jones, Mike (Christine) Jones, Jimmy Stephens, Joe (Allison) Bland, Erik Leable, Brent Leable, Emily Leable, Brittany (Keith) Soderstrom, and Tiegen Leable; and four great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Art was preceded in death by three brothers: Avery (Doris) Leable, Kenneth (Helen) Leable, and Lloyd (Dorothy) Leable. Visitation 4-8PM Thursday, March 3, 2016 at STRANG FUNERAL HOME OF ANTIOCH, 1055 Main St. (Rte. 83). Funeral 10:00AM Friday, March 4, 2016 at the funeral home. Interment with military honors will follow in Mt. Rest Cemetery, Newport Twsp., IL. INFO 847-395-4000

Lemuel Parks "Parky" Becker (1926-2106)

Lemuel Parks 'Parky' Becker, 89, of Waukegan passed away peacefully at home on January 31, 2016. Known as Parky to his family and friends, he was born on March 13, 1926 in Crystal Lake IL, was in the first graduating class of Crystal Lake High School. Parky married Shirley Lynn Smith on March 5,1955 in Crystal Lake. He entered the Navy shortly after graduating, achieved the rank of E9 HTCM Master Chief, and his 30 year career took him around the world starting 1944-1974. Parky was a veteran of WWII, the Korean conflict and Vietnam. Parky was a member of Faith United Methodist Church, Waukegan, the VFW, Tiny Social Club in North Chicago, Zion Benton Moose Lodge and the Gurnee American Legion.

Richard " Dick" Nelson Sr. (1930-2016)

Jay W. Nordberg (1926-2014)

Daniel R. Nerstrom (1984-2015)


  • BORN: February 26, 1984
  • DIED: March 13, 2015
  • LOCATION: Green Oaks, Illinois

Sgt. Daniel R. Nerstrom, 31 passed away on Friday, March 13, 2015 in Libertyville. He was born Feb. 26, 1984 in Lake Forest, IL and was a graduate of Oak Grove School and Libertyville High School in 2002. He enlisted in the US Army on Sept. 15, 2003, served his basic training at Fort Knox, KY and was a member of the 3rd ACR, Brave Rifles, 3rd Platoon, Killer Troop, 3rd Squadron at Fort Carson, CO. They left for the Iraq war in Feb. 2005, returned Feb. 2006 and were in Southern Baghdad during that deployment. He was medically retired on Feb. 5, 2013 and became a member of the Gurnee American Legion Post. Surviving are his parents, Douglas and Kim (nee Mitchell) Nerstrom; sister Kelli (Mike) Luna; grandmother Carol Mitchell; his girlfriend Amanda Tiffany and her son Austin, who Dan always considered to be his son. He was also the dear nephew of Peter Nerstrom, Susan (Paul) Andrews, Mark Mitchell and Kelly (Kevin) McCormack. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, LeRoy and Gloria Nerstrom and Roger Mitchell. Visitation will be from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, March 20 at the Burnett-Dane Funeral Home Ltd., 120 W. Park Ave. (Route 176, one block west of Milwaukee Ave.), Libertyville. Funeral services with military honors will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 21 at the funeral home. 


Daniel Moline (1924-2014)

John Randell Shaw Sr. (1929-2014)

William D. "Bill" Bond (1953-2013)

Charles H. Brubeck (1941-2013)

Charles H. Brubeck of Wildwood in Grayslake, IL was born June 4, 1941 in Charleston, West Virginia to the late Hatfield (Zip) and Louise (nee Lewis) Brubeck and passed away August 9, 2013 at Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, IL surrounded by his loving family. Charles was raised in very rural Wayne County, West Virginia and described it as a "young man's paradise" where he worked on local farms and hunted in the fall, often starting at the kitchen door. He graduated from Marshall High School and attended Marshall College (now Marshall University) for two years. He then joined the United States Navy where he spent the next 27 years as an electronics technician. He served all over the world with 15 years overseas including 3 tours in Vietnam. While in the Navy, he furthered his education by graduating from several colleges, Big Bend Community College (Associates Degree), University of New York (Bachelor's Degree), Southern Illinois University (Bachelor's Degree - Summa Cum Laude) and Northern Illinois University (Masters Degree). He retired from the Navy as a Master Chief Electronics Technician (E-9). After the Navy, he taught Electronics Repair, Industrial Systems Repair and Computer Repair at the Lake County Area Vocational Center for 13 years retiring in 2005. Visitation will be Tuesday August 13, 2013 from 3-8 PM at Marsh Funeral Home 305 Cemetery Road Gurnee and on Wednesday August 14 from 10:00 AM until time of funeral service 11:00 A M at Wildwood Presbyterian Church 18630 Old Gages Lake Road in Grayslake. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia

Harold Richard Eckerstrom (1918-2013)

Eckerstrom, Harold Richard Age 95, born to Charles and Lena Eckerstrom on March 4, 1918 in Waukegan, passed away on August 7, 2013 at home. Harold was a WW2 Veteran serving in the Pacific as a Navy Seabee. Retired from Amco Tools in North Chicago. Member of American Legion in Gurnee, and VFW Waukegan. He married Mildred (Bell) on December 29, 1956 in Crown Point, Indiana.Harold had wonderful care with his family at home from Mildred, Katherine, and John as well as James A. Lovell Veterans Hospital home health care team, his Star Hospice team of Waukegan, and Vista Hospital 5th floor staff. Special thank you to Dr. Bhalala of Zion. A memorial service will be held Thursday, August, 15, 2013 at 6:30 at Biblical Baptist Church, 39236 N. Greenbay Rd. Beach Park, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Biblical Baptist Church

C.W. "Skip" Fentress (1944-2012)

C.W. "Skip" Fentress 3/30/1944 to 11/11/2012  Skip was a tireless advocate for the veterans of Lake County, IL. He was a "doer", not a "talker" He was involved in many of the important activities of an American Legion Post. He was the chairperson of the post-Americanism program which reached out to local schools and encouraged the education of our youth about American values and patriotism. He was past area Commander for the SAL. Currently, he was the liaison to the Veterans Assistance Commission (VAC) of Lake County and just successfully organized a first of its kind food distribution to local veterans in need. C.W. "Skip" Fentress will be missed by his comrades of Gurnee Legion Post 771, VAC and all the veterans and youth his efforts touched

Wilmar (Bill) Krueger