Darrel F. “Bump” DeDecker, 82, of Atkinson, Illinois died Dec. 5 at home. In the 1960s, he was the freshman line coach for the men’s football team at Illinois.
Jean M. Due (Margaret Lucinda Jean), 95, died Nov. 27 at Clark-Lindsey Village in Urbana. An agricultural economist who taught part-time at the university for her entire career, her primary academic interest was international agriculture, specializing as a development economist of East Africa. She was strongly committed to providing educational opportunities for African women and sponsored them to come to the university. She was active in recruiting and mentoring African-American and African students for graduate work at the university. Memorials: Jean M. Due and Marian Ferber Fund.