Makulec, Edward

born  5/21/1924    died  7/23/1992

married Bernice Pollard 5/26/1946

graduated West High School 1942

Army Air Corps, World War II

Retired from Illinois Bell in 1982

Chief Steward, IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) Local 399 Unit 8

Source: Rockford Register Star 7/24/1992

newspaper microfilm    2nd Floor



Ambrose, Richard N. “Dick”

Richard N. “Dick” Ambrose was born March 28, 1930, in Rockford, the son of Ronald and La Bonna (Kinson) Ambrose.

1957 graduate of West High School.

Richard served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.

After active duty he served eight more years in the Air Force Reserves.

Worked at Rexham, National Lock, Ingersoll.,

Descendent of the first Italian family to settle in Rockford in the late 1800’s.

Died  Sept. 17, 2014, in Alden Debes.

Celebration of life at Fitzgerald Funeral Home and Crematory.

Glenny, Wilmer C., D.O. “Doc”

Bellaire, MI—-Born December 21, 1923, in Rockford, IL, the son of Percy and Mamie (Bertchie) Glenny.

Graduate Rockford West High School.

Served our country in WWII as a medic in the 44th Infantry Division, 119th Medical Battalian.

Died  June 24, 2014

Bellaire Community United Methodist Church

Source: Rockford Register Star June 29, 2014

Arnold, Harold J., Jr

Born Aug. 18, 1932, in Rockford, son of Harold J., Sr. and E. Virginia (Nelson) Arnold.

Graduate of Rockford West High School class of 1950.

Served in U.S. Navy/Korean War.


Died June 29, 2014, in his home.

Olson Funeral and Cremation Services; Masonic Service in the funeral home.

Source: Rockford Register Star July 1, 2014


Speer, Fred

“Know Your Neighbors” column by Paul Anthony Arco, Senior Staff Writer

for more than 40 years, radio announcer on WROK-1440 A.M.  He retired in 2002.

Graduate West High School

“He was hired by the Todd family, who owned the Rockford Morning Star and WROK, before they sold the station to Vern Nolte, whose claim to fame was securing the original patent for the concept of a cart machine.”

Source: Northwest Quarterly magazine Summer/Fall 2013 pp 144-145