‘Chicago’s best barman’ Donnie Kruse connected thousands of people, creating good times at his place, Stanley’s Kitchen and Tap, 1970 N. Lincoln Ave.
Brian Oldfield, an Olympic shot-putter who fell from renown to hard times, died Sunday in his native Elgin at 71.
Jim Roetheli, who spent 35 Christmas seasons as a Santa on State Street in downtown Chicago for Macy’s and Marshall Field’s, has died at 69.
Elaine Hofer-Hermanson, dead at 82, wanted her ashes scattered in Lake Michigan — a fitting finale for a pioneering commodore with the Coast Guard.
Artists Skip Williamson and Jay Lynch — two seminal figures in the underground comics movement, both with strong ties to Chicago — have died.
Jeffrey Walker, an assistant Cook County public defender with a “burning desire to fight for the underdog,” has died at 59.
Ralph Otwell, who died March 8 at 90, was a top Chicago Sun-Times editor from 1968 to 1984, during which the paper won six Pulitzer Prizes.