Rosemary McVean, 90, of Ft. Myers, Fla., died on Nov. 8, 2011, after a brief illness. A resident of River Forest for over 70 years, she attended Oak Park and River Forest High School and Rosary College.
Gerald G. Amen, 74, of Oak Park, died on Nov. 29, 2011, in his home. Born on Feb. 25, 1937 in Chicago to Harvey J. and Edna C. (nee Waalk, born Waack), he grew up at Lexington and Kilpatrick avenues on the West Side, attended May School and was a 1956 graduate of Austin High School.
Robert E. Zak of Brookfield, formerly of Oak Park, died on Nov. 24, 2011. Born on June 5, 1922, he grew up in Forest Park, flew airplanes out of the airport in Westchester in the early 1940s and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He assisted in the rescue of his brother, George, after he escaped from a prisoner-of-war camp in Germany near the end of the war.
Robert W. Gordon, a longtime resident of River Forest, died on Nov. 24, 2011 at home. A graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School and Beloit College in Beloit, Wis., he spent his entire working career in the energy business with Consolidated Coal Company/CONSOL Energy, Inc.
Barbara Ann Emmick Rank, formerly of Oak Park, died in Vinaros, Spain, on Oct. 16, 2011. She was born in 1937 and, after graduating (magna cum laude) from Hope College in 1960 and doing graduate work in Spanish at the University of Wisconsin, she and her husband spent a year in Madrid, Spain as Fulbright Scholars.
Larry Mims, 58, died on Oct. 26, 2011. Born on Dec. 18, 1952 in Doddsville, Miss., to Henry Sr. and Williese Mims, he graduated from John Marshall Metro High School in Chicago and attended Huston-Tillotson University, a historically black college in Austin, Texas.
James R. Horn, 73, of Huntley, formerly of River Forest, died suddenly on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011 in his home, due to a fire. He was a member of the Fenwick High School class of 1956 and the John Carroll University Class of 1960.