Robert Glenn Simpson, 89, of Grand Rapids, Mich., formerly of Oak Park, died on Aug. 4, 2013. Born on the South Side of Chicago on May 6, 1924, he attended St. Ignatius High School, then was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving in the 45th Division, 157th Regiment, 1st Battalion, Company A. The 45th saw 540 days of frontline combat, more than any other division during World War II.
David M. Cook M.D., 75, of Portland, Ore., formerly of River Forest, died peacefully on July 20, 2013, surrounded by family. Born in Chicago and raised in River Forest, he attended St. Vincent Ferrer Grade School and Fenwick High School where he competed on the swim team all four years.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, Aug. 11 for Donald Rehkopf, who taught English at Oak Park and River Forest High School for more than 30 years. Mr. Rehkopf died in February after suffering a broken hip last October. According to an obituary which ran in the Journal at the time of his death, Mr. Rehkopf loved Wordsworth, Keats and Thomas Traherne, and called himself "an adherer to the high promise of Christian religious faith."
Rev. Cornelius (Neil) Van Dyke, 72, died suddenly on July 7, 2013 at his home in Stickney. Born on Dec. 10, 1940 in Oak Park, he graduated from St. Angela Catholic School and Austin High School and had a long career in the plumbing and public works profession. His career included supervising staff, developing programs and negotiating union contracts as director of Public Works in Riverside.
Edward G. "Jerry" Jeep, 86, of River Forest, died on May 28, 2013, following his battle with cancer. Born in St. Louis, Mo. on March 12, 1927, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy after high school and was being prepared for duties as a hospital corpsman for the expected invasion of Japan when World War II ended.
Armand Lavalle Andry, 63, of Oak Park, died on June 6, 2013, after his battle with multiple myeloma cancer. Born in Chicago on Sept. 25, 1949 to Virgil and Charlotte Andry, he was raised on the West Side of Chicago. When he was 11, his father died, leaving the family in challenging circumstances. They rose to those challenges, thanks to the determination of his mother.
Alison O'Hara Barasa, 50 of Glenview died on July 20, 2013 of complications from breast cancer. Born in Oak Park on May 9, 1963, she graduated from OPRF, Colorado College, and received a Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado Law School. She was the Chairwoman of the Board of Follett Corporation, a family-owned company based in River Grove.
Damani Eugene Henard, 14, of Oak Park, died July 3, after being shot and killed in Chicago on his bicycle while riding home. He was born April 28, 1999 in Chicago and was a true blessing to his parents.