2007 Department Photo and pictures of new station progress
Parties and Gatherings
Lunch Pictures
Aliases & Nicknames
Past Newsletters
Last Roll Call
Pictures from Lake Geneva Christmas Party
Officers Down Memorial Page sent by Connie Markoutsas and other interesting tibits
Mug Shots
Jan's Last Day Of Work Party Pictures
Skokie PD 75th Anniversary Book and Lobby Display
Stewarts Toons
Roy Rankin

The 2015 April/May Newsletter is posted!


SPD circa 1967

Welcome to www.SPDRS.org 

Website of the

Skokie Police Department  RetireeS



Debbie (Orozco) Fieter contacted us and regrets to tell us
that her mother, Nancy Schneider passed away on May 27th. 
 Debbie, as you may recall, was a dispatcher
and her son, Adam Orozco is a Skokie Police Officer. 
No services to be held.  Condolences can be sent to
 Debbie Fieter  15225 Pinehurst Lane  Surprise, Arizona  85374.



We are sorry to tell you of the passing of Ken Filipowski
Kenneth S. Filipowski age 91, born November 21, 1923 in Chicago, he passed away May 16, 2015 at home in Glenview.  He formerly in Chicago and Skokie.  Ken was the husband and best friend of his wife for 68 year, Ardrue “Audy” Filipowski nee Fender.  He was the proud father of Kirk (Kathy) Filipowski of Lake Zurich and Keith (Debra) Filipowski of Arlington Heights.  He was the cherished grandfather of Melissa (Christopher) Spala of Lake Zurich and Travis (Kindle) Filipowski of Harwood Heights.  The loving great-grandfather of Kylie and Jacob Spala.  Ken was preceded in death by his brother Milton, KIA,WW II, his father Stephen, mother Lillian, sister Geraldine and brother Gerald.
  Ken proudly served his country during World War II as a U.S. Marine, Second Division who fought on the islands of Tarawa, Saipan and Tinian.  He also served his country during the Korean conflict, stateside in the U.S. Air Force at Walker Air Force Base, Roswell, New Mexico.
  Ken proudly served for 30 years as a police officer for the Village of Skokie achieving the rank of Lieutenant.  He also served many years as an usher at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Glenview. 
  A Visitation will be held Thursday, May 21 from 9:15 am until time of mass 10 am at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 1775 Grove St., (at Church St.), Glenview.  Interment will be private.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. Funeral information 847-998-1020.


Can you name these fellows?


a tad easier to tell


if you got the names correct from the first picture....you know them way too well !Remove indent



Dear Family and Friends,


We are sorry to tell you that mom  passed away this morning about 5:30 am PDT.  Mom would have been moved by your outpouring of well wishes.  We are forever grateful to God for the 90+ years she enjoyed in good health and happy spirits.


She was the mother of six, grandmother of ten and proud great grandmother of nineteen.


Her one request was that her ashes be mingled with Janice’s who passed away 6 years ago.  We will of course honor that loving request.  There will be no service.  They will be buried together in Chicago and next to our dad.


Thanks so much for your prayers and support.  Please stay in touch.


Much love,

Alice Ann, Sue, Kathy and Bill







Hope springs eternal


Memo, Nutly & Thumper


Click below for the article on Skokie Hotel

Man with gun held prostitute in Skokie hotel - Skokie Review


UpComing Skokie Retirees Lunch Dates                                       

June 17,
July 15, August 19, September 16,
October 21, November 18


April 15th 2015 Lunch
Gary Reiter, Jim Dosch, Carole O'Malley, Jerry Axel, standing are The Plug and Honey Bear, Kathy Cherry, Judy Halteman, Memo, Deb Danecki, Jo Marie, Vicky, Joan and Jim Chwalisz, standing are Roger Garcia and former CSO Larry Hanover.


June 23, 1962 - Skokie's Police Force Promised a 'New Look'


Click on link below for video.....The Remembering Eye, Oral history of Skokie, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles and Golf


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Link to the Village of Skokie Newsletter

This is one of Ron's favorite Terry Proudfit stories...
I had been dispatched to a traffic dispute in the parking lot of Skokie Valley Hospital.. A couple on a motorcycle and the driver of a car were coming near to blows over an incident that happened.  I was trying to get them calmed down to no avail.  Terry arrived as my backup and saw that the verbal altercation may soon become physical.  He grabbed me by the shoulders and planted a big kiss on my cheek.  All of a sudden the people who had been arguing were just standing there with their mouths hanging open in disbelief of what they had just seen. Terry just smiles and told them, "Now that we have your attention, just get on and in your vehicles and get out of here."  Not another word was said and the people just drove off shaking their heads.  Needless to say, I was just as shocked as they were, but if it worked, what the hell.
Ron Baran

Former Desiree Restaurant Will Meet Wrecking Ball

After numerous plans to revitalize it over the years failed, and because it's deteriorating, the village of Skokie will raze it.

In its heydey, the Desiree Restaurant had a cheerful red wraparound sign. However, it has sat vacant for years, defying attempts to revive it. Patch file photo.
In its heydey, the Desiree Restaurant had a cheerful red wraparound sign. However, it has sat vacant for years, defying attempts to revive it. Patch file photo.
Though many Skokie residents have fond memories of the former Desiree Restaurant, its building has sat vacant for years and given a forlorn look to one of the village's most prominent intersections. 

No more. The Skokie village board on Monday okayed a plan to buy the building for $1.175 million, demolish it and interest a developer in building a new development on the site.

Click below for a youtube Skokie video

Hi friends,
I found this while cleaning my shop, I don't know the age but Larry Leganger is on the front and in the roll call photo, Al Kloch was a patrolman.





Thanks to Al Fournier for the great find!!

The National Blue Alert Notification System
Provides the means to speed the apprehension of violent criminals, who kill or seriously injure local, state or federal law enforcement officers, for more information click on the link below.



This picture dates back to 1958, can you identify the cars and owners?




Can you identify these good looking guys from this picture from Camp Logan 1966?
Picture from the collection of Al Fournier
Thanks Al !!


You gotta love it
click here for a funny 911 call

911 Call


How to handle an unwanted solicitor

and click on the link below for....

Retired Guys Drill Team


Sinclair Station Lincoln and Oakton






Mancuso Sign

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