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"He always had his hands into something," said Francie Wehrli, who works as director of administration at Naperville Township, which has a headquarters that looks out at the Dick Tracy sculpture.
"He was extremely creative, very, very artistic and just so funny." Locher's creativity and smarts earned him a Pulitzer Prize in 1983 for editorial cartooning.
He retired in 2011, but not until the city where he lived for nearly 50 years allowed him to create a sculpture of the square-jawed, fedora-wearing detective.
Naperville artist Marianne Lisson Kuhn met Locher about 35 years ago and painted with him at times. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked.
"I don't think there was any form of art that he didn't try," she said. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box.
"And he seemed to excel at all of them." Visitation for Locher is scheduled for 3 to 8 p.m.
An illustration of President Ronald Reagan in a Superman costume falling out of a phone booth, which critiqued the president's handling of an arms shipment to Venezuela, helped him win the award. Although Locher's image is included in a 2009 painting depicting the "World's Greatest Artists" on the wall of the Naperville Art League's gallery, the city's art scene already is missing his presence.
By then, Locher had been drawing editorial cartoons for more than 10 years, after getting his start in the early 1970s when Richard Nixon was president. "I feel like we lost a real treasure with him being gone," Lisson Kuhn said.