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Thanks for the memories

Published: Sunday, May 12, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

Woodstock, and McHenry County, lost a great part of its heritage this past week when long-time journalist and historian Don Peasley passed away.

For those of you who didn’t know him, Don grew up on a downstate farm, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and settled in Woodstock in 1947.

He and his late wife, Fran, raised a family while Don worked for local newspapers and started his own public relations company. I had the pleasure of working with him during my 12 years at the Northwest Herald.

Don had many gifts. Like many of us, he had a great sense of history – what happened before him and why it was important. And like so many, he could write, stringing words and sentences together in a way that was simple and easy to read. He also had a great eye with his camera, collecting images from people of our county for more than 65 years.

But it was his ability to use these gifts in a way that connected with people that set him apart. Don had God-given abilities and he used them in a way to make this world a better place. How many of us can say we’ve done that?

Thanks for the memories, Don. We’ll miss you.

Peter Gill


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