In Memory of William Myers


It is sad to announce that William Wade Myers, 85, (Class of 1953) passed away Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

In Memory of Caroline Busby (Gutzman)


Caroline Marie Busby (Gutzman), 81
Class of 1953
Birth: 3/22/1936

1952 – ISD Homecoming Queen
1941 – 1953 – Graduated Illinois School for the Deaf
1957 – Gallaudet Homecoming Queen
1953 -1958 – BS Gallaudet College
1958 – 1965 ISD Physical Education Instructor
1976 – MA California State, Northridge
1984 – 1988 ISD child care worker Jr. High Girls
1988-1990 – Unit 2 Supervisor
January 1990 – appointed ISD Dean of girls
Retired – 5/31/1999
Death: 12/12/2017 at Arizona

3 Children: Connie, Cindy and Candy

In Memory of Roger Dall


It is sad to announce that Roger Michael Dall, 64, (Class of 1974) passed away Thursday, January 4, 2018 in Salem, Missouri.

In Memory of Velma Rogers


ISD Unit V Dormparent 1/2/68 to 12/31/91

VIRGINIA — Velma Darlene “Darty” Rogers, 88, of Virginia died Friday evening, Dec. 22, 2017, at her home.

She was born on March 19, 1929, in Virginia, the daughter of William and Daisy Alice Atwood Walton. She married Dennis O. “Ozzie” Rogers on Feb. 16, 1946, in Jacksonville, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 21, 2013.

She is survived by two sons, Duane Rogers of Jacksonville and Steve Rogers of Virginia; four grandchildren, Brieana Rogers, Brandon Rogers and Amanda Williams, all of Jacksonville, and Darius Williams of Virginia; several great-grandchildren; a brother, James Walton of Wills Point, Texas; a sister, Betty Baptist of Virginia; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Maxine Geiss; and two brothers, Harvey and Lawrence “Larry” Walton.

Darty was retired from Illinois School for the Deaf in Jacksonville, where she served for 30 years as a cottage parent. She also maintained a lifelong relationship of personally assisting the Bill and Ada White family. She also was a lifelong member of New Life Assembly of God Church in Virginia.

Devoted to craft projects, crossword puzzles and caring for children, Darty rooted for the St. Louis Cardinals and was always ready to go on a trip with family and friends. She had a passion for yard sales, flea markets and auctions, especially those where she could expand her collection of occupied Japan figurines.

Cremation has been accorded. Private family committal services will be held later at Walnut Ridge Cemetery in Virginia. Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Virginia is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at (Source from

Have a dinner with Gallaudet University President Bobbi Cordano



The president of Gallaudet University, Bobbi Cordano is coming to Jacksonville and Springfield on February 28th to March 2nd. She will meet Illinois School for the Deaf students and staffs, give a keynote speech at the Illinois Teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing conference, sit down with Illinois legislators, and she will attending to various events provided by the communities of Jacksonville.

President Cordano’s last night will conclude with a dinner hosted by the Gallaudet University Alumni Association Abe Lincoln chapter.

Please visit for the event details. 


Joe Vieira
The President Cordano Visit Planning Committee