Decatur, Illinois

Decatur, Illinois
Curve-In, Fairview Avenue

Thursday, April 21, 2016

John Moore Passes Away

John Moore, a member of the Douglas MacArthur Class of 1965, died at a bit after midnight on Thursday, April 21, 2016, at the Northwestern Hospital, Chicago, Illinois. According, to Bunny and Mike Braughton, to whom John was a close lifelong friend, he had had "some serious health concerns this last year. He was in Chicago to see a specialist there."

John, at MacArthur, played football his freshman year, then switched to track as a sophomore, junior, and senior. He was part of Election Assembly as a junior.

For the 50th Reunion survey, John said he was living in Decatur, Illinois, and had worked as a Firestone employee. His first car after graduation was a 1950 Chevy.

John Michael Moore is survived by Bonnie, his wife of 47 years, three children, and four grandchildren.

John loved his family's pets.  Facebook, 2010.

The Braughtons and others express deep sorrow at the loss of John.

"We will miss him," wrote Bunny and Mike.

Donna Maddox sent along the "sad news," and said, "John was such a good guy and his wife Bonnie is a doll....We ran around with them when we lived in Decatur and Wayne hunted with John and Mike [Braughton]."

Our condolences to the Moores.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Richard Huston Passes Away

Richard Lynn "Dick" Huston has passed away. On Thursday, April 14, 2016, Dick had a heart attack and died.

Richard Huston as a sophomore, 1963.

Richard Huston was a Douglas MacArthur, Class of 1965 graduate. He was involved with Football 1, 2, 3; Wrestling 1, 4; Track 1, 2, 4; Big Mac Day 2, 3; Spanish Club 1, 2; Class Council 1, and Student Council Assembly 3.


Dick Huston was living in Decatur, Illinois, at the time of his death. In recent previous years, he had been living in Douglas, Wyoming. (More info will be added, when available.)

Douglas is an interesting town in which a former Decatur resident might live. A center for horse culture and the birthplace of the jackalope, the origins of the name "Douglas" is intriguing - linking it right back to Illinois.
Douglas was platted in 1886 when the Wyoming Central Railway (later the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company) established a railway station; the settlement had been in existence since 1867 when Fort Fetterman was built and was first known as “Tent City” before it was officially named "Douglas," after Senator Stephen A. Douglas. Source.
Stephen Arnold Douglas (April 23, 1813 – June 3, 1861) was an American politician from Illinois....He was a U.S. representative, a U.S. senator, and the Democratic Party nominee for president in the 1860 election, losing to Republican Abraham Lincoln. Source.

Our condolences to Richard Huston's family and friends.

h/t to Millicent Smith ('65) & Carol Doolin ('66) for this sad news.