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GALESBURG - Louis E. Hebentstriet, 89, of Galesburg died at 8:42 a.m. Dec. 31, 2013, at Seminary Manor.

Louis was born March 4, 1924, in Frontenac, Kan., the son of Louis F. and Mary C. (Wente) Hebenstriet.

He married Betty J. Walker on Nov. 29, 1947, at the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Weyerhaeuser, Wis. She preceded him in death on June 2, 2013.

He is survived by four children, Deborah (husband, Raymond James) Nelson of Wee-Ma-Tuk in rural Cuba, Bonnie (husband, Edwin) Woods of Mackinaw, Jill (husband, Paul J.) Marasa of Galesburg and David Hebenstriet of Mackinaw; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and one brother, Ernie (wife, Gloria) of Gardner, Kan.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; one brother, Louis; and one sister, Marie Gmeiner.

Louis was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II and an Air Force veteran of the Korean War, serving as a flight engineer. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post 285. He attended Kansas State Teachers College, now Pittsburg State University, and left to assist in the family business. A short time later, he was offered a teaching position in the industrial arts department of the college.

He was employed by the Kansas City Southern Railroad for 11 years, Outboard Marine Corp. in Lamar, Mo., and Galesburg for 23 years, and spent four years with the Chicago-based Teledyne Company, where he became a vice president and general manager. He retired in 1987.

Louis was a member of three professional organizations: the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the Society of Die-Casting Engineers and the Society of American Value Engineers. He was chair for the local chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

He was a parishioner of Corpus Christi Catholic Church and a member of its choir. He was a past grand knight of the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree and an honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree.

A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church. The Rev. William Miller, I.C., will officiate. Private burial will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at Watson-Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory, Galesburg. Military rites will be conducted at 3:30 p.m., with the rosary being prayed following military rites.

Memorials may be made to Costa Catholic Academy, Corpus Christi Catholic Church or Knox County Humane Society.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at www.watsonthomas.com.


Published in Peoria Journal Star on Jan. 3, 2014
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