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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Janine R. Starykowicz - Obituary

JANINE R. STARYKOWICZ EAST CHICAGO, IN Janine R. Starykowicz, age 56, of East Chicago, IN passed away Saturday, April 9, 2016. She is survived by three sisters: Jo Anne Starykowicz, Judy Starykowicz and Jeanette R. Starykowicz; brother, John R. (Denise) Starykowicz; nephew, James Starykowicz; niece, Emma Starykowicz; uncle, Ed (Geri) Basiaga; and numerous cousins. Janine was preceded in death by her parents: John and Frances Starykowicz. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 15, 2016 DIRECTLY at St. Casimir Catholic Church, 4340 Johnson Ave., Hammond, IN with Rev. Eduardo Malagon and Rev. Vladimir Janeczek con-celebrants. Cremation will follow the service. Friends are invited to meet with the family Thursday, April 14, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (prayer service at 5:00 p.m.) at Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Road (two blocks south of Ridge Road) Highland, IN. Janine was a member of St. Casimir Catholic Church in Hammond. She established the website "Barn to Wire." Please visit: www.kuiperfh.com

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Tuesday, April 1, 2016

In Memoriam 

R. Craig Kelley, 72, of rural Alexis, Ill., died Feb. 26, 2016, at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Galesburg.

He was a member of the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association and the USTA.

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Shirley Ann Finn has passed away on January 14th, 2016.

Former IHHA President and longtime harness driver and trainer Bill McEnery has passed away.

James C. Fox, age 83, of Paducah, KY, passed away at 11:08 a.m. on Saturday, October, 3, 2015 at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah. 

Friday, Sept. 19, 2015

Peter Bridges, Program Director for Chicago racetracks, passed away earlier this week.

ROBERT KNOX  - son of Denise Nee Ippolito and the late Robert D Knox has passed away

Larry Wright Barnett, 77, of Warrensburg, IL passed away Sunday April 5, 2015 at Decatur Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family.

Mitch Wayne Finn, 33, of Greenup, IL and formerly of Newton, IL passed away on Friday, February 20, 2015 at 5:01 p.m., at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO, surrounded by his family.

Ronnie Dale Guhy, 65, of Wickliffe, Ky., died Jan. 16, 2015, in LaCenter, Ky.

Ruth Ann Austin, 76, of Lincoln, Ill., died Dec. 23, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, Ill.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

We are saddened to report that longtime Chicago trainer Mike Dzien passed away tonight after a long illness.

Former Mayor of Chicago, Jane Byrne has passed away. The Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association sends out our deepest condolences to Illinois Racing Board Commissioner Kathy Byrne on the loss of her mother,  Jane Byrne. Our thoughts and prayers are with Commissioner Byrne and her family.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Richard Parks, former harness owner, trainer and driver in Illinois has passed away at the age of 81.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Tim Storm, former driver, trainer and current Assistant Race Secretary at Maywood and Balmoral Park died today after a lengthy illness.

Hall of Famer Bob Farrington, 85, dies
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

Jack E. Hood, 74, of Valparaiso, Ind., died Aug. 6, 2014, due to injuries sustained in a car accident on Aug. 5.

On the morning of June 26, 2014 Doctor Richard W. Fish peacefully went home to the Lord in his home in Cosby, MO at age 83.

Mac Wilson, 71, of Fairfield, IL passed away June 2 at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN.

Hall of Fame horseman Douglas J. Ackerman, 86, died May 28, 2014, in North Carolina after an illness of almost two years.

Halsey Joe Monier, 86, passed away on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at Heartland Healthcare in Henry, Ill.

Clarence M Jacobs, (Jake) of Harvard Passed away on April 8th at the Illinois Veterans Home LaSalle, IL 

Brandy Pinske, 40, daughter of trainer Nelson and Kay Willis, of Beecher, Ill., passed away on March 14 after a long illness. 

Northfield Park trainer Jarrod Duncan, 39, died of apparent natural causes on Wednesday (March 5).

Proud Marine, husband, father and grandfather, farmer, banker, politician, civic leader and life-long harness horse enthusiast H. Phil Pearce, 91, of Cloverland Farm, Hawthorne Township, White County, IL died Friday, February 28, 2014 at Hamilton Pointe in Newburgh, IN.

Glen Kidwell, 92, one of the top driver/trainers in the sport in the 1960s, died Feb. 18, 2014.

The IHHA is saddened to report that Tony Maurello, Mr Supernight,  passed away Saturday, January 25th, 2014 @ 9:30am.

Alexis “Alley” Maria Magee, 20, passed away unexpectedly on January 5, 2014 at Morris Hospital. Born in Naperville, Illinois on December 21, 1993, she was the daughter of Dean and Kimberly (Hegwood) Magee.

Charles Wayne von Knoblauch (Stickman), 60, dies
Saturday, November 2, 2013 - from the USTA Communications Department
Glenn F. Brown, 105, of Viola, one of Mercer County's oldest and most recognized citizens, passed away Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Heartland Health Care Center, Moline, after a six-week illness.

Jim Musick, 64, dies
Thursday, August 22, 2013 - from the USTA Communications Department

Albert L. Jeffers, 88, a noted philanthropist, horse breeder and retired attorney, died Aug. 10, 2013, in McAllen, Texas, after a long illness.

Leo A. Burns, 98, died July 13, 2013, at Wabash General Hospital in Mt. Carmel, Ill.

Dale E. Richeson, 81, Tuscola, IL died at 5:05 P.M. Sunday, May 5, 2013 at Carle Foundation Hospital.

Robert Knox, 85, of Homewood, IL, passed away this morning. 

Merrill Orr Anderson, 73, of Newman, Ill., and Weslaco, Texas, died Feb. 2, 2013, at the Aurora House Hospice after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Carol E. Yohn, 65, wife of U.S. Trotting Association director Robert Yohn, died on Friday, Dec. 21.

James E. "Jim" Barry, 63, a well-known horseman from Illinois who since 2008 had worked with Peninsula Farm in Kentucky, died Oct. 5, 2012.

Dean Johns, 82, of Charleston, passed away Thursday, September 20, 2012 at Hilltop Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Mike Corley, 65, former State Steward for the Illinois Racing Board, died August 10, 2012, at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora from complications of lung cancer which was diagnosed 16 months ago.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Henry Cataldo, 74 has passed away.

Philip J. Milburn

Age 75, of Braidwood, IL passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side, from a battle of cancer, Friday, February, 24, 2012.
Jerald F. Grevengoed, 69, of Paw Paw, died peacefully with his loving dog, Bubba, lying next to him on Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at Maywood Park Racetrack.
Bruce Wiltsie, age 57, of Oakland Park, Fl. and formerly of Crete, IL. and Tonah, WI. passed away unexpectedly Monday, February 6, 2012 at his home in Florida.

Hugh Lloyd Kirkwood, 85, of Lake City passed away 7:23 p.m. Sunday December 11, 2011 in his home.

Jerry R. Freese, 72, of Lerna, formerly Sullivan, died 5:41 p.m. Tuesday (July 19, 2011) in the Carlinville Area Hospital. C

Leroy Harold Fox, 78, of Sandwich, passed away Saturday, July 9, 2011 after a courageous battle with cancer at Edward Hospital in Naperville, IL.

Helen M. Finn, 87, of Hidalgo died at 1:50 a.m. Monday (Jan. 17, 2011) at the Cumberland Rehab & Health Care Center in Greenup. T

James A. "Jim" Kimball, 69, of Charleston, Illinois and formerly of Westfield, Illinois, passed away November 5, 2010 at 11:05 a.m. at his rural Charleston home surrounded by his loving family.

Kyle Leslie Reck 45, of Troy Township, died unexpectedly Wednesday, November 3rd in his home. 

Longtime USTA Director John Cisna dies
Friday, November 05, 2010 - by John Pawlak, the U.S. Trotting Association

Harold Stone, 73 of Hume passed away on Tuesday evening (April 27, 2010) at his home.

William Edgar "Ed" Napier, 63, of Versailles, husband of Janet Sparrow Napier, died Friday, March 19, 2010 at St. Joseph Hospice Care Center.

Stanley Banks 73 of Dwight, IL, passed away Monday, March 1, after an extended battle with Alzheimer's.  He was born October 22, 1936 in Belvidere, IL. to Glenn and Ethel Banks.

Charles H. Sundeen, 77, of Geneseo passed away Monday, March 1, 2010 at Hillcrest Nursing Home, Geneseo.

Paul Arthur Dudzik, 62, of Sandwich, Illinois passed away Friday, February 26, 2010 at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora, Illinois.

Retired Chicago Area Horsewoman Carole Fossen, of Cedar Mountain, NC. passed away January 4, 2010 at her home. 

William "Billy" Shuter

Age 81, died Dec. 19, 2009, in DeLeon Springs, Fla., following a brief illness.

Chris E. Wade   47-year old Boyleston resident, Chris E. Wade died at 9 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 12, at his home. 

Daryl Busse, 67, for many years a leading driver-trainer both nationally and in Illinois, died Thursday evening, Oct. 8, 2009, at home, following a lengthy illness.

John William Finn, 94, of Newton died at 9:35am Saturday, July 18, 2009.

John (Jack) Ackerman, 83, died at his home in Noblesville, Ind., July 4, 2009. 

Jim M. Crebs, 74 of Cantrall, IL. died 2:40 p.m. Saturday April 18, 2009, at his residence. 

John J. McCarthy, 1930-2008 passed away on November 26,2008. J

George E. Shaw, 81, of Champaign, Illinois, passed away September 3, 2008, after a long battle with cancer. 

Funeral services for 74 year old Kenneth Buck, CEO and Founder of Ten Point Construction of Denison and a longtime horseman will be held 1PM Thursday, June 12th at the United Presbytarian Church in Denison

Lyle Loman, 68, of Broadlands died at 9AM Tuesday (May 6, 2008) at his home in Broadlands. 

Lyle McGilveary died March 10, 2008, at the age of 61.

Dominic Frinzi

President of Harness Horsemen International passed away Monday, January 28, 2008. 

Julia “Kay” Roberts, 66, a former executive director of the Indiana Standardbred Association (ISA) and long a stalwart in Indiana harness racing, died this past Monday at a Beech Grove, Ind. hospital.

Omar L. Jackson 50 years old of Carlinsville died Thursday, March 22, 2007.

Richard Bruce “Butch” Bowen age 26 of Mt. Sterling, Illinois passed away at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 2007 at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois.


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