- Associated Press - Saturday, August 29, 2015

WASHINGTON, Ill. (AP) - Longtime Washington Mayor Don Gronewald, probably better known as a town-square pharmacy owner, has died. He was 83.

Gronewald, mayor of the central Illinois town from 1989 to 2001, died Tuesday at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

A pharmacist with a shop on the town square for 42 years, Gronewald was active for years as treasurer of the Tazewell (TAZ’-wehl) County Republican Committee.

Mayor Gary Manier succeeded Gronewald in 2001. Manier says Gronewald was a significant presence in the community. He told the (Peoria) Journal Star (http://bit.ly/1WXkEyi), “If you were sick, you came to him for your prescription.” And he says Gronewald hired scores of high school students in the store.

Gronewald was also a 56-year member of the Washington Rotary Club.

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Information from: Journal Star, http://pjstar.com

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