Shelbyville Daily Union

Obituaries

February 12, 2012

E.C. "Chris" Eberspacher III

SHELBYVILLE, IL. — E.C. “Chris” Eberspacher III

Shelbyville

E.C. “Chris” Eberspacher III of Shelbyville died Friday (February 10, 2012) at 1:00 p.m. from injuries received as a pedestrian in a crosswalk in Ft. Myers, Florida.

He was born on September 28, 1949 in Shelbyville to the late Judge Edward C. Eberspacher, Jr. and Josephine Yantis Eberspacher. He married Jacqueline Dunaway July 1, 1972 in Shelbyville.  He graduated from Shelbyville High School and Culver Summer Naval School in 1967.  

He received a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1971, with high honors where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi social fraternity and Phi Beta Kappa academic fraternity.

He was a recipient of a Rotary International Scholarship and studied at the University of Tel Aviv, Remat Aviv, Israel, for over a year before entering law school. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois, College of Law, in 1974, and was admitted to practice before the Illinois Supreme Court in 1974. He joined the firm of Dove & Dove, Attorneys at Law, as an associate that fall.  

He was admitted to the bar of the U. S. Supreme Court in 1981 and was admitted to practice before the Central and Southern Districts of the U. S. District Court in Illinois. In 1976, he was elected State's Attorney for Shelby County, Illinois, a position in which he served until 1980, when he became a partner with the firm of Dove & Dove.  

Thereafter, in addition to his general practice, he served as Special Prosecutor for Fayette County, Illinois, Special State's Attorney for Shelby County, Illinois, by appointment of the Chief Circuit Court Judge, and Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois. In early 1985, he was appointed as one of three at-large Circuit Judges for the nine-county Fourth Judicial Circuit Court of Illinois and was elected to that office in 1986. In that capacity, he regularly presided in jury trials and contested bench trials throughout the 4th Circuit Court and in the First Municipal District for Cook County, Illinois.

In December of 1992, he returned to the general practice of law as a partner with Dove & Dove, Attorneys at Law. At Dove & Dove, Chris had the opportunity to practice law with the late Franklin Dove , the Honorable Michael P. Kiley, Douglas Dove, Walter B. Lookofsky, his daughter, Elizabeth Nohren, and Dustin L. Probst.  He was a member of the Shelby County Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.

Chris and his wife, Jacqueline (Dunaway) Eberspacher have three children: Elizabeth E. Nohren, a member of the firm of Dove & Dove, Attorneys at Law and husband Jeffrey Nohren of Shelbyville; Catherine (Eberspacher) Gahl and husband Christopher Gahl of Indianapolis, Indiana; and Edward C. Eberspacher IV and wife Kathryn Eberspacher of Chicago. He is also survived by five grandchildren: Kanoa Christian Gahl, Kai Nicholas Gahl, William Jeffrey Nohren, Benjamin Edward Nohren and Olivia Rose Eberspacher, father and mother-in-law Bill and Gladys Dunaway of Shelbyville, brother David Eberspacher and wife Mary Jo of Mattoon, sister Jo Ann Challer and husband Marc of Coeur d'Alene, ID, several nieces and nephews

An active community member, he was a member of the Board of Directors of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Shelbyville, Lincoln Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America, the Shelbyville Rotary Club, and the Shelbyville Free Public Library. He was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church and served on the Board of Trustees for the church. He was a member of Jackson Lodge # 53 of Shelbyville, Consistory of Springfield and Ansar Shrine of Springfield.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 16 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Lockart - Green Funeral Home in Shelbyville, Illinois. Masonic Rites will be held at 7:00 p.m.

The funeral will be held on Friday, February 17 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Shelbyville, Illinois with Pastor Wade Helmkamp officiating.

Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery in Shelbyville, Illinois  

The family asks that contributions be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Boy Scouts of America-Troop 51 (Shelbyville), or Shelbyville Public Library.

Chris was a world traveler, visiting five continents and more than 25 countries during this 62 years of life. He was also a proud Eagle Scout, skilled hunter, snow skier, scuba diver, bridge player, sailor, and avid reader. Most importantly, he was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and community leader.

He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Condolences may be directed to the family at www.lockartgreenfuneralhome.com

1
Text Only
Obituaries
  • Kenneth Dean Childress.jpg Dean Childress

    Kenneth Dean Childress, 92, of Trilla, Illinois, passed away at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014 in Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital in Coles County, Illinois.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Marva Jean Perry

    Marva Jean Perry, 75, of Effingham, IL, passed away at 7:34 PM Saturday April 19, 2014 at St. Anthony Memorial Hospital in Effingham, IL.

    April 21, 2014

  • Marva Jean Perry

    Marva Jean Perry 75 of Effingham, IL, passed away at 7:34 PM Saturday April 19, 2014 in her home.

    April 20, 2014

  • Linda Nees.jpg Linda D. Nees

    Linda Darlene Nees, 59, of Shelbyville, IL, died at 2:10 a.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014 in Taylorville Memorial Hospital, Taylorville, IL.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Betty Glasscock.jpg Elizabeth Lois "Betty" Glasscock

    Elizabeth Lois “Betty” Glasscock, 87, of Gays IL, passed away at 8:45 PM Friday April 18, 2014 in Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Doris Niehls.jpg Doris Jean Niehls

    Doris Jean Niehls, age 80, of Barto, PA passed on from this life Wednesday, March 26 2014. She died on the family farm at the home of her son Jonathan and his wife Mary (Colden), with loving family.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Linda D. Nees

    Linda D. Nees, 59, of Shelbyville, IL, died at 2:10 a.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014 in Taylorville Memorial Hospital, Taylorville, IL.

    April 17, 2014

  • Wanda King.jpg Wanda June King

    Wanda June (Schwenker) King, 76 of Forsyth, IL (formerly of Shelbyville, IL) was called to her eternal home on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 9:06 PM at home in Forsyth, IL with her loving family by her side.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wanda J. King

    Wanda J. King ,76, of Forsyth, IL, passed away at 9:06 PM Tuesday April 15, 2014 in her home.

    April 16, 2014

  • Merritt Sanders.jpg Merret Sanders

    Merret B. Sanders, 90, of Catlin passed away on April 13, 2014 at Presence Covenant in Urbana.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
AP Video
SKorea Ferry Toll Hits 156, Search Gets Tougher Video Shows Possible Syrian Gas Attack Cubs Superfans Celebrate Wrigley's 100th Raw: Cattle Truck Overturns in Texas Admirers Flock to Dole During Kansas Homecoming Raw: Erupting Volcanoes in Guatemala and Peru Alibaba IPO Could Be Largest Ever for Tech Firm FBI Joining Probe of Suburban NY 'Swatting' Call U.S. Paratroopers in Poland, Amid Ukraine Crisis US Reviews Clemency for Certain Inmates Raw: Violence Erupts in Rio Near Olympic Venue Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers
Poll

Do you think the United States should become more involved in the advancements of Russia into the Ukraine?

Yes, militarily
Yes, as peacemakers
No
     View Results
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Helium debate
Helium