Cpl. Alex Martinez and his wife. Martinez, of Elgin, was killed in Afghanistan in April.
The senior-year high school portrait of Christopher Patterson of North Aurora.
Bob and Mary Patterson, flanked by sons Carl, left, and Thomas pay their respects as the casket of their son, Spc. Christopher A. Patterson, is placed outside Immanuel Lutheran Church for full military honors at his funeral in Batavia in January. Patterson was killed in Afghanistan.
Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer
Former Geneva alderman Paul DesCoteaux
Huntley Fire Captain John C. Winkelman
Kane County Board member Robert Kudlicki
This undated photo provided by the Larimer family shows John Larimer, a Navy sailor, who was killed in the Colorado movie theater shooting in July.
Kane County Coroner Charles H. West
Teacher Mary Bencini works with a student on a Valentine's Day letter during class on Friday at Western Avenue Elementary School in Geneva.
Rick West | Staff Photographer, 2008
Merritt King of Geneva with the French Legion of Honor medal, which was bestowed on him in 2009. He landed with the Allies on Omaha Beach in the third day of the famous 1944 invasion.
Photo courtesy of the Geneva History Center
About this Article
Several well-known Fox Valley residents died in 2012, leaving behind impressive accomplishments and years of service as their legacy. The list includes servicemen, veterans, politicians, educators and volunteers, each of whom had a lasting influence on communities across the area.