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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened to
3learn of the death of Ralph D. Glenn of Mattoon, who passed
4away on April 6, 2018; and
5    WHEREAS, Ralph Glenn was born in Lexington to Robert and
6Thelma (Derry) Glenn on October 15, 1929; he graduated from
7Yorkville High School in 1947 and attended college at Illinois
8Wesleyan University from 1947 to 1949, where he played football
9and baseball; he earned his bachelor's degree and his Juris
10Doctor from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; he
11was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1953 and served in the U.S.
12Army from 1953 to 1955; he completed his initial training at
13Ft. Riley, Kansas and then served as an intelligence officer
14and investigator with the Army's Counter Intelligence Corps at
15Ft. Holabird in Maryland; he was recognized as an Outstanding
16Trainee at Ft. Riley and received a commendation for exemplary
17service from the Counter Intelligence Corps; he married Shirley
18Rudman on September 10, 1955; and
19    WHEREAS, In 1955, Ralph Glenn and Shirley moved to Mattoon,
20and Ralph joined the law firm of Craig & Craig; he became an
21assistant state's attorney in 1958; in 1960, he was elected
22State's Attorney of Coles County, a position he held until
231968; he published Illinois Misdemeanor Forms, a book widely



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1used by area prosecutors at that time; in 1966, he co-founded
2the Glenn & Logue Law Firm; in 1968, he was chosen to serve as
3president of the Illinois State's Attorneys Association; he
4continued practicing law until the end of 2014, when he retired
5after a 59-year career; during his career, he argued cases at
6the Circuit, Appellate, and Supreme Court levels, as well as
7before the U.S. District and U.S. Tax Courts; and
8    WHEREAS, Ralph Glenn coached local youth baseball teams and
9served as the Commissioner for Mattoon's Jaycee Baseball League
10for 20 years; he received the Pop Warner Award, and in 1967,
11the baseball field at Vanlaningham Park was named the Ralph
12Glenn Field; early in his life, he was named Young Man of the
13Year by the Mattoon Chamber of Commerce; and
14    WHEREAS, Ralph Glenn was a member of the Central Community
15Church, the First Presbyterian Church, the Mattoon Jaycees, the
16Association of Commerce, the American Legion, and the Moose
17Club; he served on the E-7 Hospital Association Board from 1970
18to 1979, which oversaw the development, organization,
19administration, and opening of the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health
20Center in 1977; and
21    WHEREAS, Ralph Glenn was a member of the Mattoon Golf &
22Country Club for many years and enjoyed playing golf with his
23wife and in men's leagues; on two occasions, he shot holes in



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1one on the club course; and
2    WHEREAS, Ralph Glenn was a lifelong fan of the Chicago
3Cubs, and he often told the story of how he and a group of ten
4friends traveled in one car, slept overnight on the sidewalk
5outside of Wrigley Field, and then paid $1 each for bleacher
6seats to attend game 7 of the 1945 World Series against the
7Detroit Tigers; 71 years later, he was watching with his family
8from his home in Mattoon as his beloved Cubs won the World
9Series in 2016; and
10    WHEREAS, Ralph Glenn was preceded in death by his parents;
11his wife, Shirley; his brothers, Robert and Howard Glenn; his
12sisters, Dorothy Felker and Mary Quinton; and his sons-in-law,
13Bruce Scott Doty and Clifford Brown; and
14    WHEREAS, Ralph Glenn is survived by his children, James
15(Laura) Glenn, Michael (Bridgit) Glenn, Cheryl (Douglas)
16Meyer, and Sharon Brown; his grandchildren, Kyle Glenn, Lindsey
17Glenn, Michelle (Luke) Wilson, Miranda (Jeremy) Sullivan,
18Kevin Glenn, Andi Glenn, Andrew Meyer, Todd Meyer, Christina
19Meyer, and Nicholas Doty; his great-grandchild, Maddie
20Sullivan; and his sister, Lois Murray; therefore, be it
22ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn the passing of



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1Ralph D. Glenn, and extend our sincere condolences to his
2family, friends, and all who knew and loved him; and be it
4    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
5presented to the family of Ralph Glenn as an expression of our
6deepest sympathy.