NORMAN DUDDRIDGE JR.
Mr. Norman John Duddridge Jr., 70, passed away peacefully at home in Kirksey, Kentucky, surrounded by family on Sunday, December 6, 2020.
Stormin’ Norm was a loving husband and father, friend to everyone he met, and master blues guitarist. He was a musician’s musician, living and breathing for every note.
His passion for music was rivaled only by his sense of humor! With one foot in the blues and the other in rock and roll, he was born on September 10, 1950, to Norman Sr. and Irene Duddridge. Norm grew up in Villa Park, and attended Willowbrook High School. It was then that he met his first love — the guitar.
His storied career in music includes countless rowdy nights making noise with the likes of Chicagoland legends: The Ikons, Condor, Lord Zipper, Take This, and Bluesmyth, just to name a few.
In 1974, he married his second love, Linda Giannini. Together, they raised three children/roadies – Minjah, Kimberly and Christopher. Later in life, Norm battled several debilitating health conditions and upon retirement, Norm and Linda moved to the beautiful rolling hills of western Kentucky.
He is survived by wife Linda (nee Giannini), daughters Minjah (Perry) and Kimberly, son Christopher, grandson Miles, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.
He is preceded in death by his father, Norman Sr., mother Irene, and sister Linda.
Raise a glass and turn it up because heaven just got a little louder! In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House, 803 Poplar Street, Murray KY 42071.
Memorial services will be held at a later time.
Imes Funeral Home and Crematory, downtown Murray was entrusted with caring for the family of Mr. Normal Duddridge.

RALPH J. VAN DORPE JR.
Ralph J. Van Dorpe, Jr., peacefully passed away after a battle with cancer on December 20, 2020, surrounded by family.
Ralph genuinely cared about people and was devoted to helping others. He is loved and will be missed by the many friends he made as an active member of the Lombard community. Ralph was a more than 20-year volunteer with the Lombard Jaycees which included working at the Taste of Lombard and Haunted House. He also volunteered at Lombard Cruise Nights, Sacred Heart German Fest and People’s Resource Center.
Ralph earned his Graphic Arts degree at College of DuPage. The beautiful Christmas cards he created were a tradition that showcased his talent and love for his family. He was proud to be named Grand Marshal of the 2017 Lilac Parade. He looked forward to each calm, sunny day when he could spend some of his happiest times flying radio controlled airplanes. He loved making his nieces, nephews, and great nephew laugh.
He will always be in the hearts of his parents Lorraine (Sentowski) Van Dorpe and Ralph Van Dorpe, Sr.; siblings: Valerie (Van Dorpe) Kolinen and her husband Kenneth; Debra (Van Dorpe) Wilson and her husband Robert; Ross Van Dorpe and his wife Kimberly (Oblak); late Uncle Roman Sentowski, late Aunt Marie Van Dorpe, Aunt Celestine Van Dorpe; nephews: Joshua Priest, Benjamin Priest and Thomas Van Dorpe; nieces: Rachel (Priest) Bickhaus, Elise Wilson, Amanda (Wilson) Grooms, Natalie Van Dorpe, and Renee Van Dorpe; and his great nephew Nolan Bickhaus.
Condolences are welcome in Ralph’s online memorial guestbook at https://www.chicagolandcremationoptions.com in the Obituary section.
Memorial contributions may be made to Ronald McDonald House at https://rmhccni.org/donate/, a charity close to Ralph’s heart.

 

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