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 1                          HOUSE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS,  The  members   of   the   Illinois   House   of
 3    Representatives  wish to express their sincere condolences to
 4    the family and friends of  Byron  Holkenbrink,  who  recently
 5    passed away; and

 6        WHEREAS, Byron Holkenbrink served as Jacksonville's first
 7    full-time mayor from 1963 through 1969; and

 8        WHEREAS,  Byron Holkenbrink was born on November 30, 1903
 9    in Jacksonville, Illinois, to Benjamin  and  Rosetta  Summers
10    Holkenbrink;  he  attended  Marquette  University  and Hardin
11    Brown Business College; and

12        WHEREAS, Mr. Holkenbrink was first  elected  mayor  in  a
13    special  election  in  November  1963  to  replace then mayor
14    Raymond S. Watson; he was re-elected in April 1965; and

15        WHEREAS, Mr.  Holkenbrink  was  Jacksonville  fire  chief
16    before  being  elected  mayor;  in addition, he worked in the
17    grocery business from 1929 through 1963, the last 20 years as
18    the owner of a neighborhood grocery  store  in  Jacksonville;
19    and

20        WHEREAS,  Mr.  Holkenbrink worked with State and national
21    legislative commissions, he served as executive director  for
22    several  area  agencies,  including  the Morgan County United
23    Way, Jacksonville's Department  of  Urban  Renewal,  and  the
24    Illinois  Law  Enforcement  Commission;  he  also served as a
25    board member for numerous area organizations,  including  the
26    Jacksonville  Police  and  Fire  Commission, the Jacksonville
27    Area Chamber of Commerce, Jacksonville Area Industrial Corp.,
28    the  Illinois  Police  Training  Commission,   the   Illinois
29    Municipal League, and the Visiting Nurses Association; and

30        WHEREAS,  Mr.  Holkenbrink  was  a  past president of the
31    Central  Illinois  Mayors  Association,  as   well   as   the
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 1    Jacksonville  Rotary  Club;  he  served as a board member and
 2    treasurer  of  Elm  City  Rehabilitation  Center  and  was  a
 3    chairman of a capital fund-raising campaign  for  the  Barton
 4    Stone nursing home; and

 5        WHEREAS,  Mr. Holkenbrink did extensive volunteer work in
 6    a variety of areas  after  his  retirement,  particularly  at
 7    Passavant Area Hospital, where he was honored as volunteer of
 8    the year; and

 9        WHEREAS,  As  a  young  man, Mr. Holkenbrink traveled and
10    worked extensively in the West and ventured as far  south  as
11    the  Panama  Canal  and as far north as Alaska; he settled in
12    Jacksonville after marrying Vivian Boston in 1925; his  wife,
13    and  his  daughter, Carol (Russell H.) Walton preceded him in
14    death; and

15        WHEREAS, The passing of Mr. Holkenbrink will  be  mourned
16    by  his  two  grandchildren, his six great-grandchildren, his
17    great-great granddaughter, his nieces and  nephews,  and  his
18    friends; therefore, be it
21    we express our deep sorrow, along with all who knew  him,  at
22    the  death of former mayor Bryon Holkenbrink of Jacksonville;
23    and be it further

24        RESOLVED, That a suitable  copy  of  this  resolution  be
25    presented to the family of Byron Holkenbrink with our sincere
26    condolences.

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