Jay L. Gray ’48 entered Chapter Eternal on May 1, 2015. After a successful career with Carrier Corp. and Air Comfort Corp., Jay and his wife ran Blair House Gifts and Accessories for eight years with their dog, Abbie. Jay is survived and dearly missed by his wife of 56 years, Shirley; his sister, Dana; and his two nieces.
George W. Pape ’49 entered Chapter Eternal on August 14, 2015. George was instrumental in the founding of the Alpha Sigma Chapter. He had a long and rewarding career in education as a coach, educator, and administrator. George was active in several civic groups, was an avid Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs fan, and participated in many community service activities. He is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy; their children, Georgia, Clay, and Scott; and grandchildren, Annalee and Sally.
James B. Conklin ’51 entered Chapter Eternal peacefully in his sleep on December 5, ’15. He was a gifted trumpet player and played in a jazz band circuit in Chicago clubs. In ’43, James joined the Army to support his family after his father’s death. After the war, he graduated from college and returned home to Chicago, where he accepted a job with Doty & Doty Accounting Firm auditing large Chicago firms. James married Joanne Urban on April 9, ’60, and they settled in Park Ridge, Ill., in ’63, where they raised their family. After Doty & Doty Accounting, he worked for F&F Laboratories, where he worked his way up to vice president of finance/ comptroller. James retired in ’88 to Sturgeon Bay, Wis., and spent winters in Marco Island, Fla. He loved his family and friends dearly and enjoyed celebrating the goodness of life with them. James also loved golfing and boating. He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, nieces, a nephew, and great-nieces and great-nephews.
Charles “Chuck” E. Skillman ’53 entered Chapter Eternal on October 16, ’15. He is survived by his two sons and two grandchildren, as well as a host of extended family and friends.
William J. Grogan ’58 entered Chapter Eternal on February 17, ’15. He was engaged in farming for 30 years and later owned JJ’s Package Store in Fairfield, Ill. He is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy, who is a ’59 graduate from Bradly University; their two children, Bill, who graduated from Bradley in ’84, and Patricia; and three grandchildren
Russell Dean Carll ’59, a native of Chicago, Ill., and a resident of New Orleans for more than 50 years, entered Chapter Eternal on September 25, 2015. Russ was devoted to his family and especially thrilled by his “perfect grandchildren.” Russ enjoyed traveling, fishing, playing golf, and owning a guest house.
Bill Hackel ’77 passed into Chapter Eternal on May 3, 2018.
Nathan Tutko ’04 entered Chapter Eternal on February 15, 2015, due to an automobile accident. He worked for State Farm Insurance in the Bloomington, Ill., area and played the drums during his free time. He is survived by his parents, Daniel and Janet, his three sisters, and one brother, all of whom miss him dearly.