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Duke Gibbon, 67, RF banker, CPA and Fighting Irish fan
Duke P. Gibbon, 67, a banker and certified public accountant for more than 40 years as well as a University of Notre Dame alumni and a lifelong Fighting Irish fan, died of heart failure in his sleep in his River Forest home on May 28, 2005.

"He was really a true gentleman of his generation and a dapper dresser who had an infectious smile with a twinkle of mischievous humor," said his daughter, Ellen Gibbon Hay, a stage manager who recently left the Goodman Theatre.

"His priorities were God, family, country and Notre Dame," said Connie, his wife of 38 years. "He went back every year and was proud of the school's accomplishments?#34;academic and athletic. He was also very proud to have his son, Phil, graduate from there." Gibbon graduated from Notre Dame in 1959 with a bachelor's degree in commerce.

For 42 years, Gibbon climbed the ladder in his profession, working in Chicago and suburban banks, including American National Bank and Trust Company, Evanston National Bank, Capitol Bank and Oak Park's Avenue Bank. In 2002, he retired from Banco Popular.

Gibbon was born and raised in Oak Park. He graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School and the former Emerson Elementary School (now Brooks Middle School). More than 20 years ago, the family moved to neighboring River Forest. Gibbon served in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1968 where he achieved the rank of sergeant and served as a Catholic chaplain's assistant. Later, he received his master's degree in business from the University of Chicago.

But his wife and children were the center of his world. "Everyday at lunch, either I would call Duke or he would call me to say, 'I love you,'" said his wife, a librarian at Weiss Memorial Hospital. "It was a lovely tradition."

He was an avid reader and self-taught expert on the Civil War, but was equally comfortable discussing red wine or Harry Potter. He was a member of the Sunday Collection Counting Team at St. Luke Church in River Forest as well as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois Certified Public Accountant Society.

He is survived by his wife, Connie; daughters, Elizabeth Gibbon (Bryan) Piper and Ellen Gibbon (David) Hay; his sons, Philip (Janice); his two grandchildren, Katie Piper and Alex Gibbon; his sister, Nancy Gibbon (the late John H.) Ross; and many nieces and nephews. He was the son of the late Katherine J. and Walter A. Gibbon of Oak Park.

Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Luke Church, followed by internment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside. The family requests donations go to the St. Luke School Endowment Fund, 519 Ashland Ave., River Forest 60305.
?#34; David Hay

Thomas Devlin, 90, resident of Oak Park
Thomas M. Devlin, 90, of Oak Park, died. He was the husband of the late Mary C. Devlin; the father of Peter (Maria) of Oak Park, Mary Paula, Mark, Thomas (Anne), and Ellen (Laurence) Cray; the brother of Frances and Joseph Devlin; the grandfather of 10 and the great-grandfather of 1. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Eleanor Boyle, Mary Scannell, Louise Devlin and James Devlin.

Funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m., June 4, at St. Joseph Church in Needham, Mass., followed by interment at St. Mary's Cemetery in Needham.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Boston College High School, 150 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, Mass. 02125.

Arrangements were handled by Sciaraffa Funeral Directors.

J. Richard Hill, 89, WWII Army medic, Eberhard Faber sales rep
J. Richard Hill, 89, a lifelong resident of Oak Park, died in his home on June 3, 2005. Born on July 20, 1915 to Duke and Gertrude Hill, he graduated from Holmes Elementary and Oak Park and River Forest High School.

Mr. Hill served as an Army medic in the Philippines during WWII and entered Tokyo with General MacArthur at the end of the war.

He returned to Oak Park and met June Clark at First Methodist Church. They married in 1948. Mr. Hill worked for Eberhard Faber Co. as a sales rep in the Chicago area, retiring in 1980.

His family described him as "an old-fashioned gentleman, who loved and served his family and the Lord."

Mr. Hill was the husband of June; the father of Barbara (Platt) Hill, Marjie (Ken) Kremer, and Carolyn Casey; and the grandfather of 6.

Visitation was held June 6, with the funeral service at 1 p.m., followed by private interment at Forest Home Cemetery in Forest Park.

Memorials to the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Chicago, 4709 Golf Rd., Suite 1015, Skokie 60076 are appreciated. Arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home.

Robert Toll, Jr., 74, owned and operated Toll Brothers Corp.
Robert Toll, Jr., 74, a lifelong resident of River Forest and Oak Park, died June 2, 2005, at West Suburban Medical Center. Mr. Toll was born in Chicago on Aug. 16, 1930 to Robert and Dorothy Toll. He graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School and earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University. After college, he served in the Air Force.

With his wife, Margie, Mr. Toll owned and operated Toll Brothers Corp. in Chicago.

He is survived by his wife, Margarita (Roche); his children, Susan, Michael (Michelle), and Karen (Dale) Parker; and his grandchildren, Michelle Toll, Christine and Timothy Machroli, and Jessice Parker. He is also survived by his former wife, Nancy Toll.

Visitation was held June 6 and the funeral service June 7 at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, followed by interment at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Hillside.

Lauretta Boale, 81, WWII civilian administrator, member of St. Edmund
Lauretta J. Boale, 81, a 60-year resident of Oak Park, died May 21, 2005. Born in Princeton on June 26, 1923, Mrs. Boale was a civilian administrator for the War Department during WWII. She was a longtime member of St. Edmund Church.

Mrs. Boale is survived by her son, Richard; her daughter, Dana Hall; and her grandchildren, Hadley Hall of Oak Park, and Hillary Boale. She was preceded in death by her six brothers and sisters.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

William Crowley Jr., 46, trader and lifelong resident of Oak Park
William J. Crowley, Jr., 46, a lifelong resident of Oak Park died at home on May 31, 2005. After attending Montini High School and Regis University, he became a trader with the Mid-America Commodity Exchange. He loved a good cigar and his golden retriever, Harry.

William Crowley is survived by his siblings, Julie, Peggy (Kenneth) Knight and Maureen Kelly Crowley.

Memorials may be sent to the Lions Club of Oak Park and River Forest, 520 S. Maple, Oak Park 60304.

Arrangements were handled by Conboy-Westchester Funeral Home.

John Cadwell, 50, attorney
John G. Cadwell, 50, of Oak Park, died at Loyola Hospital May 24, 2005. Born Oct. 18, 1954, he was an attorney, practicing general law.

Mr. Cadwell was the husband of Nikoleta, the father of Mary and Peter, and the son of Mary (Gene) Rogers and the late Richard Cadwell.

Visitation was held at Hursen Funeral Home in Hillside. Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Bernardine Church on May 28, followed by interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

Victor Taglia, 77, chemist, teacher
Victor Taglia, 77, a resident of Burr Ridge and formerly a 50-year resident of Oak Park, died May 17, 2005. Born April 12, 1928 in Chicago to Dr. V.A.D. and Lena (Riccio) Taglia, he attended St. Mel High School and St. Mary's University in Winona, Minn., where he earned a degree in chemistry.

Mr. Taglia began his career teaching biology and chemistry in the Chicago area?#34;at DePaul University among other schools. In the 1960s, he worked at Swift & Company in Oak Brook with the Chemicals for Industry division. When that division closed, he formed his own company, Pro-Chem-Co., Inc., to supply Swift's former customers. The company continues to be family-owned and operated in Lake Station, Ind. Mr. Taglia actively participated in the company's operations until the time of his death.

Victor Taglia is survived by his wife, Virginia (Jensen) Taglia; his children, Gina (Taglia) Helle, Thomas and James; his grandchildren, Annika and Victoria, Victor "Duke" and Anthony, and Victor Vincent, Virginia, Jean, Elyse, and Dominic.

Visitation was held May 19 at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was celebrated May 20 at St. Giles Church in Oak Park, followed by interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hephzibah Children's Association in Oak Park.

?#34;compiled by Ken Trainor

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