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We lost a good teacher and a good friend, relayed by Bill Mitchell.

STREATOR — James L. "Jim" Peterson, 84, of Streator, passed away Monday, Feb. 1, at Pleasant View in Ottawa.A Celebration of Jim's Life will be at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at Elias Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.Jim was born June 14, 1931, in Elgin, the son of Ralph and Mildred (Linden) Peterson. He married Donna DeLong on June 13, 1957.He is survived by his wife, Donna; children, Amy (Doug) Miller, of Streator, and Eric (Jane) Peterson, of Rochester, Minn.; grandchildren, Lacey (Erik) Gruenwald, Josh (Donna Horn) Miller, Stephanie Peterson and Grant Peterson; and a great-grandchild, Rilen Miller.He was preceded in death by a brother.Jim received his bachelor's degree at Illinois State University and Masters of Education from Northern Illinois University. He served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956.He was a teacher and guidance counselor at Streator Township High School for over 35 years and was a guidance counselor at Illinois Valley Community College.Jim was very active in the Streator United Way and Salvation Army. He was a former member of the Streator Country Club, Engle Lane Theater and, while attending ISU, was a member of the Blackfriars.Jim was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was extremely giving, enjoyed golfing and a good game of euchre.Memorials may be directed to the Streator United Way or Salvation Army.You may sign the guestbook for Jim at Funeral Home208 N. Park St., Streator, IL 61364815-672-2814

Joe Spector, one of ours makes his mark:

Award, life lessons, respect strengthen unique family bond Andy Tavegia,, 815­431­4043 | Posted: Friday, December 18, 2015 12:02 am Joe Spector always wanted to be a lot like his dad. Now he is in such a unique way you won't be able to find another story like it. Years ago, Streator Township High School presented the Jack Spector Award. It was the Most Valuable Player for the football named after Joe's father, a wellknown and beloved figure in the community ever since he moved to Streator in 1950. Through the years, the award represented some outstanding football players. That included Loney Augustine, one of Joe's best friends, a moment he said influenced his life greatly. However, the biggest by far came in 1967. That's when a player by the name of Doug Dieken was presented the Jack Spector Award. That was, of course, before he went on to a strong career as an offensive tackle for the NFL's Cleveland Browns. Fast forward 20 years. Joe Spector, now living in Palisades, California, began to make a similar impact on the Palisades High School football program. With his son on the team in those years, he first organized varsity pregame dinners, a tradition that continues to this day. With a title of Life Experience Coach, Joe has become so involved and loved by players, coaches and families in fact, that the school soon would name an award after him. The Joe Spector Perpetual Trophy is presented to the one varsity player who exemplifies the values of Pali HIgh football, including loyalty, discipline and perseverance. "The reason I love kids so much is my dad," Joe said. "I'm just an extension of my dad." And just like his dad had an opportunity to present a future NFL player with an award, Joe Spector soon got his. Streator Township High School graduate and former Cleveland Browns lineman Doug Dieken here is pictured with Streator native Joe Spector when the two met up during this season. Dieken received the Jack Spector Award while at STHS, an award named after Joe's father. Joe now has a similar award named after him at Palisades Charter High School in California. In 2007, the award was presented to Mitchell Schwartz, who currently is an offensive lineman for the Browns. 12/19/2015 Award, life lessons, respect strengthen unique family bond ­ The Times: Sports­life­lessons­respect­strengthen­unique­family­bond/article_63e9c231­4a66­581a­a27d­ab4ce1dfa1ac.html?mode=… 2/3 In 2007, the Joe Spector Award was presented to Mitchell Schwartz. That same player later starred at the University of California before being drafted by the Cleveland Browns to play — you guessed it — offensive tackle. Similar award. Same professional football team. Same position. Quite a coincidence that Joe Spector has yet to get over. "There are 1.1 million young people who participate in high school football," Joe said. "Ninety thousand of them go on to play college football. That is less than 10 percent of them. Only 953 of them play for one of the 33 teams in the NFL. That is .08 percent of the high school players who play in the NFL. Then for Dieken and Mitchell Schwartz being associated with the same NFL team, the Cleveland Browns. "When my son Todd played football at Palisades High in 1987 I knew I wanted to give the Joe Spector award for the most valuable player and be like my Dad. However, it wasn't until recently when I realized that basically there is no percentage chance of Doug Dieken and Mitchell Schwartz receiving the Spector awards with totally different backgrounds. I came to realize why I am who I am." What Spector is is an individual that helps those football players from the Palisades community, a troubled area strife with poverty, achieve goals. It is shown through a letter written to Joe by Kena Goree, the mother of a Palisades football player. The letter talks her son Hakeem's life as a youngster. He had little direction after having been abandoned by his father. Because of that, he was afraid to trust others. That was until, Goree said, Joe made his impact. Joe helped Hakeem find a job and also to hold on to that job. Kena said Joe taught her son the importance of proper work behavior and the importance of proper social behavior. A changed man, Hakeem graduated from Palisades High School in 2011 and West L.A. Junior College in 2013, He now is a senior at Chapman University interested in a career in Pharmaceutical Sales. He intends to graduate in 2016. Joe aided the process with a letter of recommendation, as well as personal phone calls to admissions and to Chapman football coach Bob Owens. "Your caring heart and gentle spirit helped Hakeem to find his voice and to feel secure in his own space," the letter stated. "Your dedication and commitment in helping kids has helped Hakeem to blossom into the respectful, well­rounded young man that he is today. "Joe, if more people in this world were like you, this world would definitely be a better place. Thank you for all that you do for more and so many others." 12/19/2015 Award, life lessons, respect strengthen unique family bond ­ The Times: Sports­life­lessons­respect­strengthen­unique­family­bond/article_63e9c231­4a66­581a­a27d­ab4ce1dfa1ac.html?mode=… 3/3 A gentle man who suffers through illness that sometimes makes it painful to move or speak, Joe credits that desire to help from his father. "As I was growing up my Dad always had my friends over to the house," Spector said. "Many of their families often did not have enough money to eat properly. He would make sure they had enough food. My Mom would cook for all of them and then afterwards she would sit in her chair and everyone would come and talk with her. My Dad would still be feeding them, giving them dessert to make sure they were comfortable and happy. I realize now I always wanted to be like my Dad. To make sure that everyone, no matter what their background, was equally the same. And if someone weren't as lucky as I, I had to make sure that I did whatever I could for them. And that is why I believe that we are all equal and deserve the same opportunities in life to be our best." Thanks to individuals like the Joe and Jack Spector, so many from Streator and Palisades — including Dieken, Schwartz and Hakeem — have been given such an opportunity.

Thanks to Bill Michell for presenting this notice.

Many have wondered when Loney Augustine died. He died in Springfield,Mo. July 31, 1987. Relayed by his friend, Craig Roberts

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