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Dutkanych Jr., Theodore F.  
Theodore Dutkanych October 24, 1928 – February 2, 2016 Theodore F. Dutkanych Jr., 87, of New Athens, Illinois, born October 24, 1928, in Chicago, Illinois, died Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, Illinois. Mr. Dutkanych was a plant manager for more than 28 years at the Weiman Furniture Corporation, Skokie, Illinois. A devoted family man, he was a former football coach for High Ridge YMCA in Chicago. Ted was a World War II U.S. Coast Guard veteran. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Helen K., nee Meyers, Dutkanych, whom he married on October 4, 1952; and his parents, Theodore F. Sr. and Marie, nee Hosko, Dutkanych. Surviving are two sons, Theodore M. "Ted" Dutkanych of Park City, Utah, and Thomas A. Dutkanych of New Athens, Illinois; six grandchildren, Dillon and Carson Dutkanych, Lauren, nee Dutkanych, (Ryan) Cozad, Aleen, Jacquelyn, and Thomas Dutkanych; and one great-grandchild, Case Cozad. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com. Private family services will be held. Arrangements by George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, Illinois.
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Published in The Park Record on Feb. 6, 2016
Elliott, William G. "Bill"  
William G. "Bill" Elliott June 27, 1934 – January 26, 2016 Bill Elliott of Saginaw, Michigan passed away peacefully at the age of 81 after an eight-month struggle with complications from diabetes. The nurses from Stone Crest Assisted Living, the most loving, caring women imaginable, were by his side at the time of his death. They had become like family to Bill, his daughter Liz Yokubison of Park City, and his friend of 34 years, Diane Forrester of Freeland, Michigan. Both women held a week-long vigil at Bill's bedside prior to his passing. Bill was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1934 to Josephine and William Gibson Elliott. His father was a highly respected doctor who passed away too young at the age of 63. Josephine lived to be 84 years old and she and Bill spent the summers of his adult years living in cottages next door to each other on the Canadian shore of Lake Huron. His fondest memories were at the cottage. Bill attended Michigan State University where he graduated with a bachelor's degree and married Janet Lois Thompson on June 29, 1957. He worked for Michigan Mutual Insurance Company while going to night school at Wayne State University and earned his law degree in 1961. In the fall of 1965, he and Janet welcomed their only child, a daughter. A few years later Bill moved his young family to East Lansing so that he could pursue an MBA from Michigan State to fulfill his dream of becoming a law professor. After he received his degree in 1969, Bill became a professor at Saginaw Valley College, now Saginaw Valley State University, where he taught business law until he retired. In February of 1987, Bill married Teri Langer. Her daughter, Stephany (Langer), was five years old at the time and Bill's daughter, Liz (Elliott) was 22. Both only children, the girls were equally thrilled to each have a sister and remain close to this day. Bill was a proud grandfather to boy/girl twins, Alex and Morgan, born July 6, 1999. His grandchildren were born in Chicago, but Liz and her family moved to Park City in 2004 just as the twins started kindergarten. For many years Bill sent a photo of himself with his grandchildren in his annual Christmas card. He is survived by his daughter (Liz Yokubison), her husband (Ron Yokubison), and his twin grandchildren (Alex and Morgan Yokubison) who all live in Park City. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 19 at Peace Lutheran Church, 3427 Adams Ave. in Saginaw, Michigan. Visitation will precede the service at 11 a.m. and will take place at the church. A luncheon honoring Bill will immediately follow the memorial and will take place at the Saginaw Country Club. Everyone is welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Stone Crest Assisted Living, 255 N. Main, Freeland, Michigan 48623.
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Published in The Park Record from Jan. 27 to Feb. 6, 2016
Swaner, Leland "Tad"  
The White Bear Now Soars in The Sky Leland Scowcroft Swaner, Jr., known fondly as ""Tad,"" passed away Jan. 21, 2016. A rare and gentle soul, he was 63 years young at the time of his death due to cardiac arrest. Born in Salt Lake City to Leland S. and Paula M. Swaner on Sept. 20, 1952, Swaner lived his life far and deep in the outdoor West, and among Utah's mountains and wilderness he considered home. After graduating from Skyline High School in 1971, and following studies at the University of Utah, he resided for 25 years in Park City, where he spent time with his wife, Diana Sabino, and daughter, Anthony Alexandra. He devoted himself to environmental, arts, and educational causes in both business and stewardship roles. This culminated 23 years ago when he co-founded, along with his mother and siblings, the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter, an environmental awareness and education center covering 12,000 acres of open space in Park City's Kimball Junction area. The EcoCenter was but one organization he spent time and energy toward in efforts to improve his community. He also served on the boards of Utah Opera, the Norwegian Outdoor Exploration Center in Park City and Natural History Museum of Utah in Salt Lake City. He supported the Park City Institute and its Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, plus the Park City Museum. Swaner loved Utah and its people as his own blood and bones. He devoted years of study to Native American cultures, spending extensive time among the North American First Nations whom he revered and respected. Many he traveled with revered and respected him in return, calling him ""White Bear,"" and trusting him with their sacred traditions. He held a deep affinity for The Eagle, integrating native traditions into his own way of life with elegance and gentle warmth. An artist whose hand was never far from brush or clay, Tad created many paintings and sculpture works. One he was most proud of was an iridescent, ""Cosmic Blue Moose,"" made of cobalt especially for a Kimball Art Center fundraiser auction. An expert outdoorsman who loved to ski, when skiing with beginners among his friends, he often took time to shepherd them down the mountain. He found adventure at every level of expertise, almost always and without effort. In addition to his wife Diana and daughter Alexandra Anthony, Tad is survived by his loving mother Paula Swaner, his sister Paula Sargetakis and her spouse Joe Sargetakis, his brother Sumner Swaner and his spouse Carol Nichols, and his nieces and nephews; Pauline, Mike, Pamela and Sumner Grey. As per his wishes, Tad was cremated Jan. 29, with his ashes to be scattered from the open window of a plane flying above Glacier National Park, followed this coming spring with a sunrise service in the Native American tradition. Family and friends will gather in celebration of Tad's life Wednesday, Feb. 3, in Deer Valley, Utah. Please RSVP to tadcelebration@gmail.com for a return invitation and further details. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Tad's name to the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter. In the words of poet Robert Hunter: ""All I know is something like a bird within [him] sang, All I know [he] sang a little while and then flew on, Tell me all that you know, I'll show you snow and rain. If you hear that same sweet song again, will you know why? Anyone who sings a tune so sweet is passin' by, Laugh in the sunshine, sing, cry in the dark, fly through the night. Don't cry now, don't you cry, don't you cry anymore. Sleep in the stars, don't you cry, dry your eyes on the wind. All I know is something like a bird within [him] sang, All I know is [he] sang a little while and then flew off, Tell me all that you know, I'll show you snow and rain.""
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