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Daily Journal
     December 18, 2020      #94-353 KDJ

Frugal reporter leaves surprise fortune to

By Scott Reeder

SPRINGFIELD — Sometimes you’ll read a news story about someone you thought you knew well and be flabbergasted. That happened to me this month.

John Willard, a reporter I worked with for a decade at the Quad-City Times, died in 2017 at age 74. His wife, Carol, died a couple years later.

Last week, I read that they left a $3 million estate to various charities.

John was a reporter and Carol a secretary.

“I’d be shocked if John ever made more than $35,000 or ...

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