Obituaries

We will update the list of names of our deceased warriors on a monthly basis. We will not place a person on this list with hearsay, second hand, information. Send us a link to the obituary, noting the date and name of the newspaper from which it was taken. If you don't have the obit, then you must be related to, or a close friend who attended the wake, funeral or memorial service.

June 2017

William Buntenbach '67
Bruce Dean '61
Thomas Sagan '67
Ronald Mills - Teacher
Daniel Del Campo '66

William Buntenbach - Class '67
It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing on May 30, 2017 of our beloved husband and father William John Buntenbach, Jr., 67. He was born in Des Plaines, on Oct. 28, 1949. He was predeceased by parents William Buntenbach, Sr. and Shirlee (Smith) Buntenbach. Left to cherish his memories are his beloved wife Linda Buntenbach, his children Diana (Thomas) Wrenshinsky, Sherri Buntenbach, Tammy (Joesph) Morgan, Tristan (Matt) Buntenbach, Kimberly (Adolfo) Quintero, Karolyn (Jesus) Alarcon, and Gabriel Toribio. He was adored by numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is also survived by his loving brother to Charles (Marlene) Buntenbach, James (Mary Ann) Buntenbach, Debra (Steve) Wieber, Sharon (Thomas) Drennan. Mr. Buntenbach was an uncle and great uncle to many. William resided with his loving wife in Thornton, CO, for over 30 years.

Bruce Dean - Class '61
Bruce Edward Dean, 73, passed away Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at Glen Oaks Alzheimer's Special Care Center in Urbandale, IA. Private inurnment will be held at All Saints Catholic Cemetery in Des Plaines, IL at a later date. Bruce was born December 28, 1943, in Chicago, IL, to Walter and Lillian (Beaulieu) Dean. He married Linda Welsh in August of 1967 and they made their home in Des Plaines where they raised their two sons. Bruce worked in the automotive industry his entire career as a mechanic and Owner/Operator for ColorMaster Inc. in Melrose Park, IL. Classic cars, drag racing, Disney World and his dog, Winnie, were some of his favorite pastimes. Bruce is survived by his two sons, Peter (Melody) Dean of Johnston, IA and Kevin (Heather) Dean of Libertyville, IL; five grandchildren, Riley, Caitlyn, Mackenzie, Logan and Noah; and one brother, David (Joyce) Dean of Lawrenceville, GA. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and his brother, Harold. Online condolences will be welcomed at IlesCares.com.


Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from June 8 to June 11, 2017

Thomas Sagan - Class '67
Thomas R. Sagan, 68, Vietnam War Army veteran, passed away in the company of his loving wife on June 7th, 2017. Tom is survived by his devoted wife of 47 years, Candace (nee Panegasser), children Cara (Lee) Streekstra and David (Kristen), and beloved grandchildren Laurel and Aaron. Son of Patricia (Malloy) and the late Raymond. Brother of Robert (fiancée Anna), Kathleen (John) McCaffrey, Timothy (Mary Patt), Maureen (Oz) Osbourne, Daniel (Mary), and Eileen (Charles) Finch. Brother-in-law to Joseph (Diane) Panegasser and Mary (Keith) Sparks. Tom was born in Chicago, IL in 1949 and served in the Vietnam War in the 75th Infantry Airborne Rangers, G Company from March of 1969 to March of 1970. One week after his return, he married his high school sweetheart, Candy, and joined his father in building the family business, Ray Sagan & Sons Machinery Moving, where he worked until retiring in 2012. He was extremely proud of his children and grandchildren taking great joy in their accomplishments. He loved nature, watching wildlife in the backyard, and enjoyed growing orchids. He was passionate about music and playing guitar. More than anything, he loved spending time with family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, PO Box 89367. Tampa, FL 33689. Visitation will be Saturday, June 17th, 2017 from 12pm to 3pm, with memorial service at 3pm at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home, 185 E. Northwest Hwy., Palatine. 847-359-8020 or www.smithcorcoran.com.

Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from June 11, 2017


Ronald Mills - Teacher
Ronald E. Mills, 83 of Vernon Hills, formerly of Des Plaines was born November 9, 1933 in Portales, NM to William and Esther (nee Rutledge) Mills and passed away June 16, 2017. Ron was the loving father of Veronica (Emre) Karaca, Melora (Steven) Spriggs, Megan Morton, Mark (Mona) Cayce and Mike Cayce; cherished grandfather of 10 and great-grandfather of 2. Ron was a teacher and a United States Army veteran serving in the Korean War. Visitation will be Thursday, June 22, 2017 from 4-8 PM at Oehler Funeral Home, 2099 Miner Street (Rt. 14/Northwest Hwy. at Rand Road) Des Plaines where the funeral service will be held on Friday, June 23 at 11:00 AM. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to The Educational Theatre Association.
Info 847-824-5155 or OehlerFuneralHome.com.

Daniel Del Campo- Class '66
San Luis Obispo County Planning Commissioner Dan Del Campo died Friday, June 16, in his home in Oak Shores at the age of 69. The former host of KPRL’s Sound Off was appointed to the planning commission by Supervisor John Peschong in January. The County Planning Commission was not Del Campo’s first experience in public service. Before relocating to Oak Shores, Dan Del Campo served as Mayor of Thousand Oaks. He also served on the City Council. At one point, Dan was Mayor while his wife, Mary Jo served on the Thousand Oaks School Board. More recently, Mary Jo has served on the San Miguel School Board. The couple were married for 46 years. Services are pending. A celebration of life is planned for Oak Shores, but the date has not yet been set. If you would like to make a donation, Dan would appreciate your choosing USC Norris Cancer Hospital. You are also encouraged to leave comments about Dan and his contributions to the North County on his Facebook page.