Memories of SPRINGFIELD'S SPEEDWAY

Joe Shaheen's Little Springfield

 

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Fans or Anyone that was a Part of Springfield's Speedway History

from 1947 to 1987

 

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Recent Entries Include :

Mary Lee Standridge of Springfield, Illinois

Clarence Anders of Springfield Illinois

John McMillian of Mt. Vernon Illinois

Gene Henson of Paris Illinois

 

 

 
 
 
 
 Al Baker - Driver of #29 Late Model
 Alan Westbrooke
 Allen "CannonBall "Crowe ~ Driver - Birthplace: York, Illinois - Born on November 12, 1928 and Passed on June 2, 1963
 Art Zellers ~ Driver
 Bob Carrigan ~ Driver
 Bob Dunn Jr.

Bob Griffith

Bob Sager - Driver

My grandpa raced from 1947 to 1963 and then agian in 1981 he was a great man his best friend was dick standridge also my great uncle raced his name was art zellers they are loved and missed. this ones for you grandpa love , your grandson robbie troesch 7 diveded forever

 Bob Tattersall ~ Driver ` Steator Illinois

Bud Pauley

Chuck Amati ~ Driver ~ Passed on 11/18/2008

Obituary

Freeman Spur- CHUCK A. AMATI, age 68, of Herrin, passed away at 8:46am on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at Herrin Hospital.

Chuck was born in Freeman Spur on November 16, 1940, the son of Tony and Minnie (Barnett) Amati. He married Debbie Riley and together they shared thirty-one years. She survives in West Plains, Missouri.
Chuck had tremendous success as a sprint car driver in a career that spanned six decades, from 1959 to 2002, and included hundreds of race victories. His nicknames included “The One-Armed Bandit” (earned when he raced with his right arm in a sling in 1964 after crashing through a board fence) and “The Rhinestone Cowboy,” reflecting his colorful personality and style. His career began at Murfreesboro, Ill. in 1959, and by 1962 Chuck began to travel to a wide variety of tracks throughout the region. In 1967 he moved to Greenfield, Tenn. to drive the Hil-Bilt racer owned by Les Hill and maintained by famed racing craftsman Jack Elam, and together they won dozens of races throughout the southeastern U.S. In 1971 he teamed with car owner M.A. Brown and extended his travels to include nearly every region of the U.S., including a third-place finish in the prestigious Little 500 in Anderson, Ind. In 1972 Chuck finished a close second in the national IMCA sprint car standings. This was a pivotal time for Chuck, and for sprint car racing. He, along with Rick Ferkel and Bobby Allen, are widely credited as the “original Outlaws” who proved a competitor could be successful by racing an itinerant schedule outside of formal sanctions such as USAC. He returned to the Freeman Spur area in 1973 and raced several different local cars, winning often at area tracks. In 1976 he teamed with car owners Sam and Richard Short of Marion, Ill., and the trio posted nearly 50 feature wins that season alone. The following year Chuck posted 30 more victories before being sidelined with an arm injury midway through the season. In early 1988 Chuck teamed with longtime friend and mechanic Darryl Tate and began racing throughout Indiana, winning more than 60 feature races over the next three seasons. They captured the Indiana Sprint Week title in 1989 and ’90, and won track championships at Bloomington Speedway (1989) and Paragon Speedway (1989, ’90). Chuck curtailed his driving following the 1991 season, and made a brief return to the cockpit in 2001 and 2002. That autumnal period marked the only two seasons of his long career in which he did not win at least one feature race.
In recent years Chuck returned to racing in a different role, as he served as mechanic and coach for his grandson Shane Wade as they raced throughout the Midwest. Chuck’s influence on sprint car racing is significant, as his free-spirited style captivated three generations of race fans. Known for his outgoing, fan-friendly personality, Amati amassed a loyal following that stretched literally into all corners of the U.S. His racing laurels included induction into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Iowa in 2004 and the Hoosier Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2003.

Survivors include one daughter- Debra and Marc Wade of Carterville, IL
One son- Tony Amati of Las Vegas, NV
Lifelong Companion- Debbie (Riley) Amati of West Plains, MO
Step-children- Toni and Chris Baker of Toone, TN
Andy and Tracy Mclure of Olive Branch, MS
Jody and Dee Mclure of Oakland, TN
Grandchildren- Sean and Jennifer Wade of Marion, IL
Shane and Andrea Wade of Herrin, IL
Falon Mclure , Andy Mclure, Jr., Jace Baker, Pace Baker, Dylan Mclure, Ethan Mclure
Two great grandsons- Conner and Hudson Wade
One great grandson on the way- Jackson Wade
Brother-in-law- Ruel and Jean young of West Frankfort, IL
Nieces and Nephews- Pam and Courtney Hughes of Carbondale, IL and their son- Sean
Dr. Tony and Charlie Norman of Marion, IL
Lisa and Bob Brewer of San Diego, CA and their children- Beau and Max
Jimmy Kittila of Louisville, KY
Sidney Kittila and partner Kerry Runyon of Ft. Myers, FL
Beloved dog- Sassy
Many cherished friends and fans

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters- JoAnn Kittila and Felicia Young.

As per Chuck’s wishes, his body will be cremated. A memorial service will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday,

November 22, 2008 at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin with Rev. Don Colson officiating.

A time of gathering will be held from 5-8pm on Friday, November 21, 2008 at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home.

For those who prefer, memorial donations may be made to the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame or the American Heart Association.

Envelopes will be available and accepted at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home; 201 S. 13th Street; Herrin, IL 62948.

For more information, or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit www.hughesfuneralhomes.com

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Chuck Amati: Heart attack ends life
By
Nancy Knapp Schilke - Motorsport.com
Legendary sprint car racer, Charles A. Amati, died Tuesday, November 18, 2008. While it was listed as a one-vehicle crash on Park Avenue in Herrin, Illinois, preliminary investigation reports have indicated that he might have had a medical problem just prior to leaving the roadway and striking a light pole.

"The one-armed bandit" from nearby by Freeman Spur, was transported to Herrin Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival around 8:00am EST at the age of 68.

Amati was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2004, two years after he had taken off his racing gloves and hung up his helmet. The hall of fame is located in Knoxville, Iowa, near the track that is known for its hard racing and flips. There is not one sprint car driver that does not want to notch the Knoxville Nationals victory.

This year, the World of Outlaws (WoO) celebrated 30 years of racing, Amati had already won numerous races over more than 10 years before the new series even formed. Amati's first race as an "official outlaw" was at the famous Devil's Bowl in Mesquite, Texas in 1978.

During WoO's 2008 anniversary celebration, they chatted with Amati. "The thing I remember most about Devil's Bowl, is that it was a flat-foot, flat-out track. It was tacky as glue and you could run it as hard as you wanted to run it. The competition was just as tough then as it is now and you were lucky to make the show," he recalled earlier this year in March.

One of his competitors in WoO's inaugural season was a young kid. Later that year at Paragon Speedway in Indiana, Amati finished second and the kid, Steve Kinser, was the winner.

Sprint cars are a mixed bred -- both in racing machines and drivers -- they travel from track-to-track, racing nearly year long. Like a race club within multiple sanctioning bodies from USAC to WoO to ASCS, many of the drivers and teams easily switch from winged to non-winged sprint cars to the the sprint supermodifieds and several switch over to midgets -- all on the same night, weekend or week -- in a very competitive style of racing which rarely saw domination by just one driver.

"The idea of traveling all over was probably the biggest challenge, though for me I was used to it. Most of the races I ran were all over, so it didn't really affect me," said Amati in March. "I was thrilled to death to be able to run with the organization when they formed the World of Outlaws."

Amati was one such racer and during an 18 year span, from 1969 to 1986, he earned at least one victory in WoO competition. The legend will be missed by those he raced against, those who came into the sport after he retired and the many sprint car racing fans.

In his interview with WoO, he reflected on the past days of racing, "As far as I was concerned, the three original 'Outlaws' were: myself, Rick Ferkel and Bobby Allen. The reason I truly say that is because before the World of Outlaws existed, we three were always racing all over the place. We may be in Mississippi tonight, tomorrow night we may be in Missouri and the following night we may be in Ohio. We would just show up whenever we wanted to and wherever we wanted to."

He was, without a doubt, one of the racers who help to build the popularity of sprint/midget car racing in the United States. His nickname "the one-armed bandit" came about on a night that he injured his right arm. He did not want to bail out so he made his own harness using whatever he could find; it would not be a surprise to learn that duct tape was used. The harness held up and he was able to race the event using his left arm.

This past April, he served as the Grand Marshal at I-55 Speedway. Amati was honored to have been asked and had a delightful time sharing his memories with the current crop of young racers, his former competitors and the WoO fans. Shane Carson, WoO Industry Relations director and himself a Hall of Fame member was involved in Amati being asked as the grand marshal for the event in Pevely, Missouri.

"Chuck was a good friend, a great racer and brought a smile to everyone's face when he showed up," said Carson. "Chuck was a true showman in our sport, way before it's time. Having him at Pevely this year as the Grand Marshall for the Outlaws show was quite an honor for me and all that were there. When he talked to the fans, he just lit up. It was a great night. He will be missed." Funeral services are pending and will be announced at a later date.

Editor's note:
It has been confirmed that Amati had a massive heart attack prior to the accident.

 Chuck Hubbard

 Chuck Kornewald - Driver - #5

 Passed on November 22, 2005

 Chuck was put to Rest at the Mt. Zion Cemetery - Mt. Zion, Illinois.

  Chuck Rodee ~ Driver

Clarence E. Anders ~ Driver

SPRINGFIELD - Clarence E. Anders, 87, of Springfield, died at 10:36 a.m. on Friday, August 26, 2011 at Lewis Memorial Christian Village.

Clarence was born on December 28, 1923, the son of Thomas William and Effie Davidson Anders. He married Rose Luparell on

January 15, 1943 in St. Charles, MO. She preceded him in death on February 27, 2010.

Clarence was a union roofer for most of his life and a member of the Roofers Local Union #112. He was also a stock car driver and

 won several races. He was a member of Elm Street Christian Church and liked to fish and watch NASCAR. Clarence was known

as a hard-working man who loved his family and the simpler things in life.   He was also preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by two daughters, Sharon Burge of Spaulding and Judith (Randall) Moore of Springfield; grandchildren,

Kimberly Burge of Riverton, Joseph (Diane) Burge of Boca Raton, FL, Angela Burge and Joshua Burge both of Spaulding,

Pamela (Tim) Sutton and Randall (Alinda) Moore II, both of Springfield; great-grandchildren, Kelsey Burge, Zachary Burge,

Brittany Sutton, Brianna Sutton, Ava Moore, Olivia Moore, Abigail Moore and Clayton Sponslor; great-great grandchild,

Jayden Sutton; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation: Family will receive friends from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Monday, August 29, 2011 at Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home,

900 S. 6th St., Springfield.

Funeral ceremony: 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home with Rev. Paul Cox officiating.

Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Elm Street Christian Church, 3020 Elm Ave., Springfield, IL 62702.

 Cliff Powell ~ Driver

 Clyde Stewart ~ Push Truck Driver - Born July 4, 1920 & Passed on Jannuary 20, 1975

Tom Stewart: Clyde Stewart was a faithful push and tow truck at Springfield speedway

for many years. The drivers and fans probably remember his blue tow truck.

Clyde loved being at the races, and was there every chance he got. He loved people.

Sadly missed by all.

 Corky Myers ~ Passed on  9/11/2005  - Johnny Myers was his brother
 Danny Caruthers ~ Driver

 Dick Standridge ~ Driver / Married to Mary Lee and Father of the Standridge Boys : Randy, Rick, Ronnie & Robbie

 Don Poynter ~ Driver - Born in 1942 and Passed in December of 2004 - Driver in early to mid 70's
 Don Vogler ~ Driver
 Dwight Brown
 Ernie Strate
 Fred Horn

 George Day - Car Owner

Gene Henson -

Elmer E. "Gene" Henson, 86, of Paris, Illinois, passed away at 9:23 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Pleasant Meadows Senior Living in Chrisman, Illinois. He retired in 1998 from the Paris Township Road Maintenance Department and had previously worked for over twenty years as a professional auto racer known as #46 "The Flying Eyeball." He was born October 3, 1927 in Paris, the son of the late Herman and Bessie (Carmichael) Henson. He married Lenora Mae Danner on March 8, 1944 in Paris. She preceded him in death on June 14, 1993. Survivors include a son, Thomas (Norma) Henson of Chrisman; two daughters, Evelyn LeLoup and Ruth Ann (James) Knight, both of Paris; dear friend and companion of over twenty years, Jean Ann Cottle of Paris; fifteen grandchildren, twenty eight great-grandchildren, and sixteen great-great-grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, George Edward Henson; a daughter, Emma Jane Stevens; three brothers, George, Carl, and Jimmy Henson; and two sisters, Evelyn Roe and Ethel Henson. Mr. Henson was a United States Army Veteran of WWII. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Paris and American Legion Post #211. For those who wish, the family suggests that memorials be made to First United Methodist Church of Paris or American Legion Post #211. SERVICE INFORMATION Services celebrating his life will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 25, 2014, at Templeton Funeral Home in Paris with the Reverend Gary Fairchild officiating. Burial will follow in Edgar Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post #211 & V.F.W. Post #3601. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Templeton Funeral Home in Paris.

 George Shaheen ~ Joe's Brother & Parking Lot Attendent
 Guy Spindle
 Harold Cline

Harry Turner - Driver - Drove for Joe Shaheen

 

Harry Turner - Driver - Drove for Joe Shaheen

 

Herschel Jenkins ~ Driver - Owner #7


DECATUR - Herschel W. Jenkins, 75, of Decatur, IL, died 9:25 A.M. Wednesday, January 5, at St. Mary's Hospital, Decatur, IL. Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M., Saturday, January 8, 2011, at Rock Springs Church of God, Decatur, IL, with visitation 5 to 8 P.M., Friday, January 7, at Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home, Decatur, IL. Burial will be in Point Pleasant Cemetery, Long Creek, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. Herschel was born November 10, 1935, at home in Boody, IL, the son of George and Grace (Lou rash) Jenkins. He married Jean Humphrey on May 1, 1960 in Springfield, IL. Herschel was owner of Jenkins Muffler and retired in 2001. He loved to race and build race cars and was an avid fan of NASCAR. Herschel enjoyed many sports. Herschel is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jean of Decatur, IL; son Mike (Dani) Hudson of Decatur, IL; daughter Sue (Kerry) Barnett of Decatur, IL; brothers Leslie (Maggie) Jenkins of Decatur, IL and Dale (Kaye) Jenkins of Boody, IL; grandchildren Danielle (Jevon) Thomas, Daph ne (Zach) Bollhorst, and Darci (companion Austin) Page; great-grandchildren Melinda Thomas, Austin Thomas, Bryce Thomas, Carly Thomas, Kobe Bollhorst, Karson Bollhorst, and Kellen Bollhorst. Herschel was preceded in death by his parents, great-grandchild K eller, and brother Herb. Special thank you to Dr. Atluri, Dr. Arnold, and to St. Mary's staff.

 Ivan Brown -  (12 / 17/1925 - 04/09/2009) - Flagman at the Springfield Speedway in the 1970's
 Jack Canady  - Jack Canady (John Earl Candy Jr.), Stock Car Driver. He passed away on February 5, 1984 at the tender age of 55. I never saw my dad race because he had quit racing by the time I was born in 1970 but I remember him taking my brother and I to the Springfield Speedway to watch the races when we were kids. I also recall seeing a newspaper article having him as "The Dog Race King" and him winning a race with only three tires. I noticed in the "In Memory Of" that he is listed as Jack Canedy which the last name is misspelled.
 Jay Akers - Driver
 Jerry Stephens ~ Track Official at Springfields Speedway

Jim Agans - Driver

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Jim Campbell - Driver # 7c  -  Judy Niekamp theniekamps@comcast.net: Remembering a dear friend 7c Jim Campbell of Colchester, Ill. Jim raced the 7c at Springfield Speedway in 1976. He passed away on March 2, 1977 of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. He is sadly missed by friends and family

 Jim  'Pencils'  Warner - Track Maintenance Worker - Passed on 03/20/2007

 Jim Schrock - Driver - Raced in the Early 50's
 Jimmy Caruthers ~ Driver
 Jimmy Moughan ~ Driver

 

James J. Moughan

SPRINGFIELD - James Joseph Moughan, 78, of Springfield died at 1:48 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, 2008, at his home.

He was born May 30, 1930, in Springfield, the son of Joseph and Frances (Gause) Moughan. He married Helen Miller in 1950. He later married Nelda Aten on Oct. 9, 1975, in Decatur. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Michael Lee.  Jim was a graduate of St. Patrick's Grade School and attended Cathedral. He was a painter/paperhanger and apprenticeship teacher with Painters Union Local 90 for over 38 years, retiring in 1995.  Known as "Gentleman Jim Moughan," he began a successful racing career in approximately 1952 at Springfield and Macon Speedways. He was a member of the IMCA sprint car association, racing in more than 16 states throughout the Midwest, winning multiple track championships and hundreds of feature wins until retiring in 1979.  He became a licensed pilot in 1960, developing a love of flying that also included building and flying home-built aircraft that continued until his death.  Above all else, he was a loving and devoted husband and father.  He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Nelda J.; a daughter, Debra (Dale) Deweese of Linedel, Mo; four sons, John (Rita) Moughan of Springfield, David (Pamela) Moughan of Salisbury, James (Jeannette) Moughan of Rochester and Mark Moughan of Elkhart; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Patricia Rhoades of Springfield.  Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville. Inurnment will follow in the Rushville City Cemetery. A memorial gathering will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008, at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Simmons Cooper Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.   You are invited to share your memories of Jim and leave condolences at www.woodfh.net.

Published in The State Journal-Register on 10/5/2008

 

 Joe Brandenburg

 Joe Fofi

 Joe Shaheen ~ 1905  to  03/16/1989 - Springfield's Speedway Owner & Promoter

Joseph "Joe" Shaheen,

84, of Springfield died at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 16 at the Heritage Manor.

He was born in Pana, the son of the late Albert and Mary Bonahoom Shaheen.

 Preceding him in death were his wife, Evelyn, in 1956; one son, Sonny, in 1961;

and one brother, Fred, in 1972. Mr. Shaheen was a member of St. Cabrini Church

and the United States Auto Club. He was a veteran of World War II. He owned and

operated the Springfield Speedway for 41 years

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 John McMillian ~ Owner #25 Sprints & #0 Midgets - Mt. Vernon Illinois  Born February 04, 1920 and Passed on August 26, 2011

 MT. VERNON — John P. McMillian, 91, of Mt. Vernon, passed away at 2:55 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, at Mt. Vernon Health Care Center in Mt. Vernon.
He was born Wednesday, Feb. 4, 1920, in Nashville, to James Alfred and Rose Belle (McFerron) McMillian. He married Shirley Ann Stoetzel on Jan. 14, 1942, in St. Louis and she preceded him in death on Feb. 4, 2008.  John was inducted into the U.S. Army Air Force on March 9, 1942, and served honorably until his discharge as a private first class on Oct. 31, 1945. He was later employed as a truck driver for New York Central, was a retired member of Teamsters Local #50 and he was also a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Mt. Vernon.  A celebration of life service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Faith Lutheran Church in Mt. Vernon with Pastor Josepha Lecke officiating. In honor of his wishes, John’s body was donated for anatomical study.  The family will greet friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Faith Lutheran Church in Mt. Vernon.  John is survived by five grandchildren, Melany Morris of Shelbyville, Ky., Christy Hemphill of West Frankfort, Walter J. VanDyke of East Alton, Susan J. Fortner and husband Jay of Missouri and Christopher McMillian and wife Georgia of Missouri; a brother, William O. McMillian of Cottage Hills; and close friend, Glenda Fuller of Mt. Vernon. Fifteen great-grandchildren, several great-great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews also survive, including special nephew, James and Susan Minor of Walnut Hill.  His parents, his wife, their son, John McMillian; their daughter, Cheryl Tally; four brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.  For those who wish, memorials may be given to Faith Lutheran Church and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home, where you may call 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfuneralhome1969.com for further information and to send condolences.

Hello Scott : We loved Shaheen's so much.  I was raised next door to John McMillian from South Roxana. He owned Midgets and Sprint Cars.  He raced at Shaheen's with all the greats.  I grew up in his garage working on the race cars.  His Midgets were always Orange and White number "0".  One of his favorite  drivers that drove his race car was Chuck Taylor.  My dad actually built Chuck Taylor's first stock car.  John's sprint cars were always number "25".  Some of the drivers he had was: Kenny Schrader, Jerry Russell, the Standridges, Chuck Amati, Bob Thoman, and on and on.   Some of my best childhood memories was heading to Springfield on Sunday afternoon.  After John quit racing, my cousin and I would make the weekly trip to watch the races.  If you go to this link:  http://springfieldsspeedway.webs.com/sprintcarphotos.htmhalf way down the page, there is a photo which states "Fans in the 'New' Grandstands in Turn 4.......".  The guy on the right wearing the white shirt and jeans is me, Bob Farris.  The guy sitting next to me with arms crossed and wearing sunglasses is my cousin,, Russell Warren.  We loved those new stands because at the top were the galvanized horse troughs filled with ice cold Miller High Life and Budweiser.  I am sad to say that John McMillian passed away a week ago Friday (August 26th). 

Thanks for saving the memories,

Bob Farris

 Johnny Myers ~ Driver
 Larry Kirkpatrick ~ Driver ~ Wood Rver Illinois
 Lee Lasley ~ Driver #9 Coupe

Lloyd Caldwell ~ Driver - November 2, 1925 to August 7, 2004

Lloyd Caldwell, Jr., 78, of Bradenton, Florida died August 7, 2004.  Born November 2, 1925, in Lincoln, Ill., he moved to Bradenton in 1992 from Sarasota where he had lived since 1972. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Bradenton. He was in the Merchant Marines for 4 years. He was manager of Promenade Condo from 1992 to 2003. He is survived by his wife Treece, son John of Riverton, Ill., daughters Jane Brewer of Santa Fe, N.M., Ann Yocum of Chatham, Ill. and Chris Elam of Riverton, Ill. and six grandchildren. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, August 10 at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes 43rd St. Chapel 604 43rd St. W., Bradenton, FL 34209. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 11 at First Baptist Church of Bradenton 1306 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34205. Memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church Music Ministry.
Published in the Bradenton Herald on 8/9/2004.

 Lloyd 'Curly' Rahn - Car Owner

Published on November 11, 1994, State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL)

CURLY RAHN WAS RACING LEGEND

A central Illinois auto racing legend who had been actively involved in the sport for 47 years died recently.

Long-time race car owner Lloyd "Curly" Rahn died of natural causes at the age of 82. A Tuscola resident,

Rahn had been involved as an owner of sprint, midget and championship dirt cars for nearly five decades.

Although he was in failing health, he continued to support and attend racing through the 1994 season as

an owner or co-owner.

 Mae Shaheen ~ 03/16/1910 to 01/18/1994 - Joe's Sister, Worked the Concessions at Speedway

Mae E. Shaheen Mae Elizabeth Shaheen, 83, of Springfield died at 3:45 p.m. Sunday at St. John's Hospice.

She was born March 16, 1910, in Springfield, the daughter of Albert and Mary Bonahoom Shaheen.

Preceding her in death were three brothers, Fred, Joe and George. Miss Shaheen was a lifelong resident of

Springfield and graduated from Springfield High School. She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic

Church and St. Louise DeMarillac Guild.

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 Mary Lee Standridge - Auto Racing Scorer    /   Born September 24, 1933 and Passed on August 13, 2011

Mary Lee Standridge, 77, a lifelong resident of Springfield, passed away on Saturday, August 13, 2011 at Memorial Medical Center.

Mary was born on September 24, 1933 in Springfield the daughter of George and Frances James Bolman.

She married Richard E. Standridge on March 25, 1951; he preceded her in death on March 31, 1999.

She was employed at Sangamo Electric for 23 years, Springfield Speedway and Shaheen Auto Sales for 14 years.

She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church and the Springfield Sports Hall of Fame.

She was a race track scorer and official for over 30 years and was USAC Diana Gilmore Woman of the Year in 1988.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; one brother and one great granddaughter.

She is survived by six children, Richard (Joyce) of Collinsville, Randall (Rita), Janet, Ronald (Nancy), Carol (Dale) Krumweide and Robert all of Springfield; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 4-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at Ellinger-Kunz & Park Funeral Home, 530 N. 5th St., Springfield.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 18, 2011 at Ellinger-Kunz & Park Funeral Home with Pastor Janet Blankenship officiating.

Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Ellinger-Kunz & Park Funeral Home, 530 N. 5th St. Springfield, IL is in charge of arrangements

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Michael Lee Moughan - Driver

susan moughan. smmoughan@yahoo.com: michael lee moughan he was a race car driver there at shaheens speedway he was taken from us in 2000 he is greatly missed and very loved he was the the son of gentleman jim moughan which is my grandfather and he just recently passed last year also both are great drivers and very loved and they will be missed greatly but never forgotten

 Norm Scantlin ~ Driver #96 ~ Born January 25 - 1932 and Passed on August 23 - 2003

mscantlin@hotmail.com: raced around 1948-1964: Born: 01/25/1932 and passed: 08/23/2003. All the pictures I have of him are numbered 96, I have a few older pics from earlier years with different numbers. Rip Grandpa !

 Oscar Russell
 Pee Wee Wilson ~ Driver

Rex Easton ~ Driver ~ Springfield Illinois / Born on December 12, 1913 and Passed on December 21, 1974

Drove for Joe Shaheen in the #39 Shaheen's Special Offenhauser Midget

 Rich Knepler
 Ronald G. Cook ~ Tow Truck

Tom Skeeters raceondirt2@yahoo.com: In memory Of Ronald G Cook, Ron Cook 24hr Towing, who spent endless nights at the track with his tow trucks, and even sponsored many of the races in the later 80,s. I love him and miss him, i never new what a race track even was, till i met him !

Ross Sowers

Ross A. Sowers, 72, of Middletown, IL passed away at 12:24 p.m. January 10, 2011 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL.
He retired from Kelly Construction of Decatur, IL. He had served in the National Guard and was a member of the Illinois Live Steamers Association; Florida Live Steamers Association and St. Louis Live Steamers Association.  He was born Dec. 16, 1938 in Decatur, IL., the son of Thural and Nellie Camp Sowers. He married Loretta Noon on Aug. 3, 1968 in Decatur, Illinois.  He is survived by his wife of Middletown; one son: Richard (Robin) Sowers of Decatur; four daughters: Debra Roles of Decatur; Sheila (Lance) Mahan of Paducah, KY; Carol (Stephan) Upshaw of Downers Grove, IL and Jody Jones of Bethlehem, GA; five grandchildren: Julia Roles; Shelby Sowers; Emily Sowers; Benjamin Upshaw and Zachary Upshaw; six brothers: Robert Sowers; Wayne (Rosemary) Sowers; Rex (Nancy) Sowers; Eugene (Rosie) Sowers; Darrell (Linda) Sowers and Gary Sowers, all of Decatur, IL; two sisters: Virginia Foster of Riverside, CA and Carol (Jim) Shafer of Decatur, IL.  He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother: Marvin.  Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, Jan. 14 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln with Rev. Robert Irvin officiating.

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Roy Emmett ~ Driver

 Rube Weyant
 Slip Taylor
 Sonny Schroll

 Steven Foster 

Steven W. Foster, 61, of Jacksonville, died Monday, July 11, 2011, in Jacksonville.

He was born July 12, 1949, in Jacksonville, the son of James R. and Mary F. Daniel Foster. He married Deean Smith on June 14, 1974, in Jacksonville and she survives.

He is also survived by a son, Andrew Foster of Chicago; a daughter, Sara Foster of Jacksonville; his mother, Mary Foster of Guntersville, Ala.; and a brother, James R. Foster Jr. (wife, Susan) of Grant, Ala. He was preceded in death by his father.

Mr. Foster was a 1967 graduate of Jacksonville High School and attended Eureka College. He served with the U.S. Army as an air traffic controller in Vietnam from 1968 to 1971. He returned to Jacksonville to work with his father as a licensed plumber with Foster Plumbing and Heating for 10 years. He was employed in the Passavant Hospital engineering department for 16 years, including three years as director of engineering. More recently, Steve was a truck driver for Fox Midwest, Young Trucking and Farmers Trucking. He was also formerly engaged in transporting recreational vehicles.

A racing enthusiast, he maintained and drove many cars including late models, midgets, modifieds and micros. He also formerly owned and managed a USAC Silver Crown race car team.

Graveside funeral services will be held 11:30 a.m. Friday at Arcadia Cemetery in Arcadia. The family will meet friends from 10-11 a.m. Friday at the Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville. Memorial gifts are suggested to Passavant Area Hospital or a charity of the donor's choice. Condolences may be left online at
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Swede Gailliaert - Passed on June 27, 2007 - 81 Years Old - Flagman at Springfields Speedway

DeWayne "Swede" Gailliaert - Peoria, Illinois Passed on June 27, 2007 - 81 Years Old

     Young Swede in the Early 50's

Former Flagman at Springfields Speedway, Peoria Speedway and Numerous Race Tracks in Illinois & Missouri

 

DeWayne Gailliaert

 

 

PEORIA - DeWayne "Swede" C. Gailliaert, 81, of Peoria passed away at 2:04 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, 2007, at Fondulac Woods Nursing Home in East Peoria.

Swede was born on Jan. 9, 1926, in Sheffield, Ill., to Charles and Elizabeth Emmerson Gailliaert. He married Marlene Smith on Jan. 16, 1954, in Bartonville.

He is survived by his wife, Marlene of Peoria; one stepbrother, Bud (Dorothy) Ruff of Peoria; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, one stepbrother and his stepsisters.

Swede was a graduate of Woodruff High School and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He worked as a maintenance man for several area schools including Bradley University and he worked last a serviceman for the Rochester-Midland Company. Swede worked as a flagger at several of the area motor speedways, including Peoria Speedway and several others throughout Illinois. He also worked as an umpire for many different high school sporting events throughout the area and he was a member of the Peoria Officials Association.

He was a member of the St. John Lutheran Church in Bartonville.

Services will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 2, 2007, at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 1, 2007, at the funeral home. Pastor Paul Isom will officiate. Burial will follow the service in St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Bartonville

 Tommy Thompson

Ward Dunseth - Car Owner

 Ward R. Dunseth

JACKSONVILLE - Dr. Ward R. Dunseth, 84, passed on to the clear blue yonder on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008.

He was born on a farm near Modesto, before Dr. Allyn arrived. He was the son of Roscoe and Helen Horton-Dunseth.

He completed his grade school education in a one-room country school, Ruthland School, and went on to graduate from the University of Iowa Medical School in 1949.

Dr. Dunseth married his high school sweetheart, Miss Joyce Knight, in June of 1946, and that marriage was blessed with five children, Lana (husband, Al) Rice of Flippin, Ark., Mary Jennings of Winthrop, Minn., Ward Richard (wife, Linda) Dunseth II of Jacksonville, George William Dunseth of England and Joy (husband, Bill) Jacques of Cannon Falls, Minn.

In 1943, during the midst of World War II, Dr. Dunseth served in the U.S. Army medical branch and later served in the Korean War in the U.S. Air Force as a medical officer.

Dr. Dunseth loved to fly. He was certified as an airline pilot rating with over 6,000 hours in the air. He also held ratings in the Learjet, twin engine Baron Beachcraft, glider, helicopter, sea plane and hot air balloon. On one exciting trip he flew the Goodyear Blimp for 20 minutes. He had several narrow escapes in the Air Force during which time he flew around the world.

Fascinated by race cars, his car won the USAC Sprint Car Championship in 1967. He first saw car races at the Illinois State Fair in 1933 and later at the Indianapolis Speedway races.

After returning from Japan, Dr. Dunseth was in surgical training at Wayne University in Detroit for five years. He was certified by the American Board of Surgery, American College of Surgeons, The Royal College of Surgeons of Scotland and the German Surgical Society. He practiced surgery for 52 years and performed over 12,000 operations, retiring in 2002 because of exorbitant malpractice costs, $35,000 per year. The final chapter of his medical career was in his hometown of Waverly, doing general medicine.

Dr. Dunseth was later married to Barbara Cosgriff, who survives in Jacksonville. Their surviving children are Susan Dunseth of Chicago and Ellen (husband, John) Schertzer of Indianapolis. Also surviving are the following grandchildren, James Dunseth, Andrew Dunseth, Michael Dunseth, Dylan Dunseth, Benjamin Dunseth, Jason Garman, Dylan Jennings, Ashley Jennings, Liam Jacques, Seth Jacques and Jack Schertzer; and a great-granddaughter, Wrigley Garman.

Dr. Dunseth was preceded in death by a brother, James Dunseth.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, at Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville, with burial at Waverly East Cemetery. Family will meet friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, 2008, at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the Waverly Genealogical and Historical Society. Condolences may be left online at www.airsman-hires.com.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 Alan Westbrooke

Allen Crowe ~ Driver

Bob Carrigan ~ Driver

Bob Dunn Jr.

Bob Griffith

Bob Tattersall ~ Driver

Bud Pauley

Chuck Hubbard

Chuck Rodee ~ Driver

Cliff Powell ~ Driver

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Clyde Stewart ~ Push Truck Driver

Born July 4, 1920 & Passed on Jannuary 20, 1975

Tom Stewart: Clyde Stewart was a faithful push and tow truck at Springfield speedway

for many years. The drivers and fans probably remember his blue tow truck.

Clyde loved being at the races, and was there every chance he got. He loved people.

Sadly missed by all.

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Corky Myers ~ Passed on  9/11/2005  - Johnny Myers was his brother

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Danny Caruthers ~ Driver

Dick Standridge ~ Driver

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Don Poynter ~ Driver -

Born in 1942 and Passed in December of 2004 - Driver in early to mid 70's

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Don Vogler ~ Driver

Dwight Brown

Ernie Strate

Fred Horn

George Day

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George Shaheen ~ Joe's Brother & Parking Lot Attendent

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Guy Spindle

Harold Cline

Harry Turner - Driver

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Ivan Brown (12 / 17/1925 - 04/09/2009) 

Flagman at the Springfield Speedway in the 1970's

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Jack Canedy

Jay Akers - Driver

Jerry Stephens ~ Track Official

Jim Agans - Driver

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Jim  'Pencils'  Warner - Track Worker - Passed on 03/20/2007

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Jim Schrock - Driver - Raced in the Early 50's

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Jimmy Caruthers ~ Driver

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Jimmy Moughan ~ Driver

James J. Moughan

SPRINGFIELD - James Joseph Moughan, 78, of Springfield died at 1:48 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, 2008, at his home.

He was born May 30, 1930, in Springfield, the son of Joseph and Frances (Gause) Moughan. He married Helen Miller in 1950. He later married Nelda Aten on Oct. 9, 1975, in Decatur. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Michael Lee.

Jim was a graduate of St. Patrick's Grade School and attended Cathedral. He was a painter/paperhanger and apprenticeship teacher with Painters Union Local 90 for over 38 years, retiring in 1995.

Known as "Gentleman Jim Moughan," he began a successful racing career in approximately 1952 at Springfield and Macon Speedways. He was a member of the IMCA sprint car association, racing in more than 16 states throughout the Midwest, winning multiple track championships and hundreds of feature wins until retiring in 1979.

He became a licensed pilot in 1960, developing a love of flying that also included building and flying home-built aircraft that continued until his death.

Above all else, he was a loving and devoted husband and father.

He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Nelda J.; a daughter, Debra (Dale) Deweese of Linedel, Mo; four sons, John (Rita) Moughan of Springfield, David (Pamela) Moughan of Salisbury, James (Jeannette) Moughan of Rochester and Mark Moughan of Elkhart; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Patricia Rhoades of Springfield.

Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville. Inurnment will follow in the Rushville City Cemetery. A memorial gathering will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Simmons Cooper Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

You are invited to share your memories of Jim and leave condolences at www.woodfh.net.

Published in The State Journal-Register on 10/5/2008

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Joe Brandenburg

Joe Fofi

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Joe Shaheen ~ Springfield's Speedway Owner & Promoter

( 1905  to  03/16/1989 ) 

Joseph "Joe" Shaheen,

84, of Springfield died at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 16 at the Heritage Manor.

He was born in Pana, the son of the late Albert and Mary Bonahoom Shaheen.

 Preceding him in death were his wife, Evelyn, in 1956; one son, Sonny, in 1961;

and one brother, Fred, in 1972. Mr. Shaheen was a member of St. Cabrini Church

and the United States Auto Club. He was a veteran of World War II. He owned and

operated the Springfield Speedway for 41 years

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Johnny Myers ~ Driver

Larry Kirkpatrick ~ Driver

Lee Lasley ~ Driver

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Lloyd Caldwell ~ Driver

November 2, 1925 to August 7, 2004

  

Lloyd Caldwell, Jr., 78, of Bradenton, Florida died August 7, 2004.  Born November 2, 1925, in Lincoln, Ill., he moved to Bradenton in 1992 from Sarasota where he had lived since 1972. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Bradenton. He was in the Merchant Marines for 4 years. He was manager of Promenade Condo from 1992 to 2003. He is survived by his wife Treece, son John of Riverton, Ill., daughters Jane Brewer of Santa Fe, N.M., Ann Yocum of Chatham, Ill. and Chris Elam of Riverton, Ill. and six grandchildren. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, August 10 at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes 43rd St. Chapel 604 43rd St. W., Bradenton, FL 34209. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 11 at First Baptist Church of Bradenton 1306 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34205. Memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church Music Ministry.
Published in the Bradenton Herald on 8/9/2004.

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Lloyd 'Curly' Rahn

Published on November 11, 1994, State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL)

CURLY RAHN WAS RACING LEGEND

A central Illinois auto racing legend who had been actively involved in the sport for 47 years died recently.

 

 

 

Long-time race car owner Lloyd "Curly" Rahn died of natural causes at the age of 82. A Tuscola resident,

Rahn had been involved as an owner of sprint, midget and championship dirt cars for nearly five decades.

Although he was in failing health, he continued to support and attend racing through the 1994 season as

an owner or co-owner.

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Mae Shaheen ~ Joe's Sister, worked Concessions at Speedway

( 03/16/1910 to 01/18/1994 )

Mae E. Shaheen Mae Elizabeth Shaheen, 83, of Springfield died at 3:45 p.m. Sunday at St. John's Hospice.

She was born March 16, 1910, in Springfield, the daughter of Albert and Mary Bonahoom Shaheen.

Preceding her in death were three brothers, Fred, Joe and George. Miss Shaheen was a lifelong resident of

Springfield and graduated from Springfield High School. She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic

Church and St. Louise DeMarillac Guild.

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Oscar Russell

Pee-Wee Wilson ~ Driver

Rex Easton ~ Driver

Rich Knepler

Roy Emmett ~ Driver

Rube Weyant

Slip Taylor

Sonny Schroll

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In Memory of

DeWayne "Swede" Gailliaert

Peoria, Illinois

Passed on June 27, 2007 - 81 Years Old

Former Flagman at

Springfields Speedway, Peoria Speedway

and Numerous Race Tracks in Illinois & Missouri

 

DeWayne Gailliaert

 

 

PEORIA - DeWayne "Swede" C. Gailliaert, 81, of Peoria passed away at 2:04 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, 2007, at Fondulac Woods Nursing Home in East Peoria.

Swede was born on Jan. 9, 1926, in Sheffield, Ill., to Charles and Elizabeth Emmerson Gailliaert. He married Marlene Smith on Jan. 16, 1954, in Bartonville.

He is survived by his wife, Marlene of Peoria; one stepbrother, Bud (Dorothy) Ruff of Peoria; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, one stepbrother and his stepsisters.

Swede was a graduate of Woodruff High School and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He worked as a maintenance man for several area schools including Bradley University and he worked last a serviceman for the Rochester-Midland Company. Swede worked as a flagger at several of the area motor speedways, including Peoria Speedway and several others throughout Illinois. He also worked as an umpire for many different high school sporting events throughout the area and he was a member of the Peoria Officials Association.

He was a member of the St. John Lutheran Church in Bartonville.

Services will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 2, 2007, at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 1, 2007, at the funeral home. Pastor Paul Isom will officiate. Burial will follow the service in St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Bartonville

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Tommy Thompson

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Ward Dunseth

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Ward R. Dunseth

JACKSONVILLE - Dr. Ward R. Dunseth, 84, passed on to the clear blue yonder on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008.

He was born on a farm near Modesto, before Dr. Allyn arrived. He was the son of Roscoe and Helen Horton-Dunseth.

He completed his grade school education in a one-room country school, Ruthland School, and went on to graduate from the University of Iowa Medical School in 1949.

Dr. Dunseth married his high school sweetheart, Miss Joyce Knight, in June of 1946, and that marriage was blessed with five children, Lana (husband, Al) Rice of Flippin, Ark., Mary Jennings of Winthrop, Minn., Ward Richard (wife, Linda) Dunseth II of Jacksonville, George William Dunseth of England and Joy (husband, Bill) Jacques of Cannon Falls, Minn.

In 1943, during the midst of World War II, Dr. Dunseth served in the U.S. Army medical branch and later served in the Korean War in the U.S. Air Force as a medical officer.

Dr. Dunseth loved to fly. He was certified as an airline pilot rating with over 6,000 hours in the air. He also held ratings in the Learjet, twin engine Baron Beachcraft, glider, helicopter, sea plane and hot air balloon. On one exciting trip he flew the Goodyear Blimp for 20 minutes. He had several narrow escapes in the Air Force during which time he flew around the world.

Fascinated by race cars, his car won the USAC Sprint Car Championship in 1967. He first saw car races at the Illinois State Fair in 1933 and later at the Indianapolis Speedway races.

After returning from Japan, Dr. Dunseth was in surgical training at Wayne University in Detroit for five years. He was certified by the American Board of Surgery, American College of Surgeons, The Royal College of Surgeons of Scotland and the German Surgical Society. He practiced surgery for 52 years and performed over 12,000 operations, retiring in 2002 because of exorbitant malpractice costs, $35,000 per year. The final chapter of his medical career was in his hometown of Waverly, doing general medicine.

Dr. Dunseth was later married to Barbara Cosgriff, who survives in Jacksonville. Their surviving children are Susan Dunseth of Chicago and Ellen (husband, John) Schertzer of Indianapolis. Also surviving are the following grandchildren, James Dunseth, Andrew Dunseth, Michael Dunseth, Dylan Dunseth, Benjamin Dunseth, Jason Garman, Dylan Jennings, Ashley Jennings, Liam Jacques, Seth Jacques and Jack Schertzer; and a great-granddaughter, Wrigley Garman.

Dr. Dunseth was preceded in death by a brother, James Dunseth.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, at Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville, with burial at Waverly East Cemetery. Family will meet friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, 2008, at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the Waverly Genealogical and Historical Society. Condolences may be left online at www.airsman-hires.com.

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