Human Resources

Western Illinois University Employee Memorial

The annual planting in the Memorial Tree Grove was established in Fall 2003, following a recommendation by members of Western's American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 417, with support from the Civil Service Employees Council, the Council of Administrative Personnel, Faculty Senate and University administration.

The annual ceremony includes one tree planted in memory of all employees who passed away during the preceding year. Honorees include employees who die while either actively working, on disability, on workers compensation or on an approved leave from the University. To date, Western has honored 52 individuals.

In 2020, the memorial tree will be planted in memory of Building Service Worker James Buffalo, Jr., who passed away on December 25, 2019.

In Memoriam

2020

Coy Abernathy - Building Operations Engineer, Facilities Management

David DeBoeuf - Professor, Finance

Krystal Scott - Police Officer, Office of Public Safety

2019

James Buffalo, Jr. - Building Service Worker, Facilities Management

2018

Michael Hott - Architectural Superintendent, Facilities Management

2017

Lawrence L. Andrew - Assistant Professor, Computer Sciences

Francis Raymond E. Barlis - IT Technical Associate, Administrative Information Management Systems

Bryce M. Dexter - Development Director, College of Arts & Sciences

William C. "Bill" Downin - Assistant Superintendent of Building Maintenance, Facilities Management

Timothea T. Gentry-Harris - Telephone Operator I, Telecommuncation Services

Jeanine C. Pollmeier - Admissions/Records Supervisor, Admissions

2016

Laura S. Cripe - Chief Clerk, Department of English

Cindy J. Dooley - Associate Dean/Professor, College of Education & Human Services

Margaret Denise Sprinkle - Route Driver, Document and Publication Services

Andrew W. Taylor - Instructor, Law Enforcement & Justice Administration

Susan J. Vaughn - Child Development Associate, Infant & Preschool Center

2015

Robert R. Bahr - Physical Science Technical Assistant, Chemistry

Dennis Bliss - Assistant Professor, Law Enorcement & Justice Administration

Joseph L. Cassidy - Steam & Power Plant II, Heating Plant

Kevin Hazell - Painter, Facilities Management

Jack Koontz - Building Service Worker, Building Services

Sherry J. LaVingon - Clerk, UHDS-Residence Life

William R. Rehling - Associate Professor, Law Enforcement & Justice Administration

Rebecca Schluter - Office Support Specialist, Intercollegiate Athletics

Bart Shanklin - Professor/Director, School of Music

2014

Diane Garlisch - Secretary IV, Student Judicial Programs

2013

Joyce McCormick - Cashier II, Union Service Center

2012

Christina Noble - IT Manager, Administrative Information Management Systems

Michael Ogle - Transportation Manager, Transportation Services

Michael K. Yadgar - Broadcasting Engineer, University Television

2011

Jeffrey L. Herrick - Building Service Worker, Physical Plant

2010

Tara Chambers - Office Support Specialist, VP for Student Services

Julie Flanagan - Library Operations Associate, Library

Pam Hansen - Office Support Associate, Physical Plant

Richard Nott - Building Service Worker, Physical Plant

Marianne Woods - Associate Professor, Kinesiology

2009

Brenda Fauls - Associate Professor, Music

David B. Herbst - Building Service Worker, Building Services

Stan Hyman - Executive Assistant/Head Baseball Coach, Athletics

Victor Kemper - Instructor, English & Journalism

David M. Smith - Purchasing Officer II, Purchasing

2008

James P. Josvai - Building Service Worker, Building Services

2007

John Van Dyke - Building Service Worker, Physical Plant

Lawrence Zoochi - Associate Professor, Communication Sciences & Disorders

2006

Dixie Castlebury - Institutional Research Data Specialist, Institutional Research & Planning

Jenna V. Draper - Building Service Worker, Physical Plant

Darrell Dykstra - Professor, History

Joseph M. Protsman - Associate Director, Athletics

2005

Anna V. Skelton - Police Telecommunicator, Office of Public Safety

2004

Jacqueline D. Van Tine-Schwigen - Secretary IV, Military Science

2003

Randall L. Prichard - Building Service Worker, Physical Plant

Ronald E. Oakman - Building Service Worker, Physical Plant

Robert J. Shaffer - Auditorium Technical Director, Theatre

2002

James Butterworth - Dean, College of Fine Arts & Communication

Sudir Gokhale - Professor, Mathematics

memorial tree

Trees that have been planted in the Memorial Tree Grove include: Redbud, Magnolia, Red Horse Chestnut, Paperbark Maple, Blue Spruce, Korean Pine, European Beech, Ivory Silk Japanese Lilac, and Magnolia. There are markers placed at the base of each tree indicating the names and years of those honored.

The courtyard was built in 2009 by WIU’s Landscape Maintenance in-house staff. It was Vice President Emeritus Jackie Thompson’s initial vision that a seating area and gathering space was needed to accommodate the many visitors to the Memorial Tree Grove each spring during the ceremony. The courtyard is constructed of brick pavers and a limestone marker was added in 2013. The plaque was added in 2017, two benches were added in 2012; both of which were provided by WIU’s Foundation Department.

Western has a “Campus Beautification Foundation Fund” in which individuals are always welcome to contribute funds for future campus beautification endeavors.