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Full Text of SR0576  95th General Assembly



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2     WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened to
3 learn of the death of Lester Saxe of Benton, who passed away on
4 March 2, 2008; and
5     WHEREAS, Lester Saxe was born on September 23, 1916 in
6 rural Wayne County; he was the fourth child of eight for Glenn
7 and Edith Potter Saxe; he married Susie Ellen Harris on
8 February 27, 1937; and
9     WHEREAS, After his marriage, Lester Saxe and his wife spent
10 a few years as tenant farmers in West Village in rural Edwards
11 County; he left the farm to work for Country Mutual Casualty
12 Company; and
13     WHEREAS, In 1944, Lester Saxe joined the United States
14 Army; he served in the South Pacific and was on a ship heading
15 to invade Japan when the atomic bombs were dropped, ending
16 World War II; after returning from the war, he continued as a
17 claims adjustor for Country Mutual, retiring in 1981 after 40
18 years of service; and
19     WHEREAS, In 1949, Lester Saxe and his wife bought a farm
20 and moved their family to rural Thompsonville, where they
21 resided until his wife's passing in 1993; and



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1     WHEREAS, Lester Saxe was active in the community as a 4-H
2 leader and Akin Grade School board member; he served as a
3 Sunday school teacher, superintendent, and lay leader at Mount
4 Etna Methodist Church; he was also a member of the Akin Water
5 District and Franklin County Farm Bureau Boards and the First
6 Church of the Nazarene in Benton; and
7     WHEREAS, Lester Saxe was a faithful follower of all
8 extracurricular activities in which his children and
9 grandchildren were involved; he enjoyed playing his harmonica
10 whenever and wherever the urge arose; and
11     WHEREAS, Lester Saxe was preceded in death by his wife,
12 Susie; his children, Charlotte and David; his sisters, Ruby
13 Amann, Clara Lankford, and Florence Hortin; and his brothers,
14 Drexal, Arthur, and Dante Saxe; and
15     WHEREAS, Lester Saxe is survived by his children and their
16 spouses, Merilee and Lindell Anderson, Tom and Susan Saxe,
17 Larry and Sharon Saxe, and Elaine and Norman Hayden; his 13
18 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren; his sister, Marie
19 Green; his sisters-in-law, Marjorie Saxe and Mildred Saxe; and
20 his several nieces and nephews; and
21     WHEREAS, Lester Saxe's family increased in size when he



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1 married Marjorie Cunningham and added her children, Charles
2 Webster and wife, Sondra, David Webster and wife, Sharon, and
3 Joyce Morton and her husband, John; their children brought them
4 6 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; therefore, be it
6 ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn, along with
7 his family and friends, the passing of Lester Saxe; and be it
8 further
9     RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
10 presented to the family of Lester Saxe as an expression of our
11 sympathy.