4/28/1922 to 6/19/2003
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DONALD IRVING BROTHERS
Donald Irving Brothers, age 81, passed away on Thursday, June 19, 2003 in Lake Forest following a lengthy and courageous battle with emphysema. Born April 28, 1922 in Sterling, Kansas, to the late Irving and Blanche Brothers. He was a loving and dedicated husband, and a father and friend to many. Donald was a graduate of Colorado College with an Associate in Arts Degree in 1941, and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics in 1943. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during World War II as an Intelligence Officer in Underwater Mine Disposal. He was awarded letters of commendation for dismantling mines on Utah Beach, Normandy, Cherbourg, and Le Havre as well as collecting intelligence that was used to de-mine the allied shipping lanes in the English Channel. Donald was a former partner of A.S. Hansen Consulting Actuaries for many years, retiring in 1991; former Chief Executive Officer and President of ASC Tabulating Corporation; former partner of Aspen Airways, a commuter airline in Colorado; founding member of the Aspen Institute, and Institute for Humanistic Studies. He was an active member of Wildwood Presbyterian Church and a former elder of Faith Presbyterian Church in McHenry and served as a member of the Grant Community High School Board for many years. Donald was a Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children for Lake County, and a former advisor to the United Way of Lake County. He was a partner in the Tri-State Polo Club and avid polo player for most of his adult life. He is survived by his wife of almost 40 years, Nancy Jo, nee Heinen, Brothers; children, Hardin Brothers, Lynda Matthew, Holly Gast, Alan Brothers, Chris Brothers, Gary Brothers, Lisa Brothers; grandchildren, Kai Brothers, Aaron Matthew, Maria Brothers, Ryan Brothers, Rachel Brothers, Mackenzie Gast, Jared Gast, Bradley Brothers; his sister Phyllis Long and brother Dwight Stanley Brothers; mother-in-law Polly Heinen; many sisters and brothers-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 22, 2003 at the Wildwood Presbyterian Church, 33428 N. Sears Blvd., Wildwood, IL 60030. Friends of the family are invited to visit prior to the service from 1 until 3 p.m. at the church. Arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, Ltd., 410 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL, 60030. For funeral information, call 847-223-8122.
Published in the Chicago Tribune on 6/22/2003.