Robert M. Nicholas, 64, a lifelong resident of River Forest, died on April 16, 2013, at West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park. Born on June 28, 1948, to the late Everett E., M.D. and Lois Myers Nicholas, he graduated from Grace Lutheran School in River Forest and Oak Park and River Forest High School.
John Henry "Jack" Wirtz, 78, died on March 12, 2013 at his home in Ottawa. Born on August 20, 1934 in Chicago to Anthony J. and Alida (Freund) Wirtz, he grew up in McHenry and attended McHenry High School, where he earned an Eagle Scout Badge.
Leo J. Harmon Sr., 80, a longtime River Forest resident, died on April 13, 2013 after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis. A native of Chicago's Austin neighborhood, he was the youngest of six children born to James and Marion Harmon.
Donald J. Taylor, 80, of Oak Park, died on March 20, 3013. Born in Alton, he worked for the Social Security Administration for 30 years and then at Spitzer, Addis, Susman and Krull Law Firm. He was an active and dedicated member of the Euclid Avenue Methodist Church in Oak Park and enjoyed fishing, camping, the Cubs, and ice cream.
Vaile Scott, 87, formerly of Oak Park and River Forest, died on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013 in Valparaiso, Ind. He and his wife, Mary, lived here prior to moving to Valparaiso and Sarasota, Fla. All six of the Scott children went to Oak Park and River Forest High School.
The first village manager hired in Oak Park back in 1953 was 34-year-old Mark Keane. It was his job to change the culture of local government, a task he pioneered during his 10-year tenure as village manager. Mr. Keane died on April 12, 2013, surrounded by his large family at his home in Sedona, Ariz. He was 93.