Alvin R. Vilt|
Born: March 3, 1937; Morris, IL
Died: April 2, 2014; Harlingen, TX
Alvin R. "Ray" Vilt, age 77, passed away on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at his residence in Harlingen, Texas.
Born on March 3, 1937 in Morris, Illinois, he was the son of the late Rudolph and Virginia Vilt.
Alvin served his country in the United States Air Force from July 1954, until October 1959, when he was honorably discharged from service. He also received the National Defense Service Medal. He married Sara Rodriguez, on June 15, 1955 in Chicago Heights, Indiana. He was employed at the Federal Paper Mill in Morris, Illinois, until the paper mill closed. He then went to work for the United States Postal Service where he worked until his retirement.
He was a lifetime member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 967 in Morris, Illinois and a member of the American Legion in Morris, Illinois. For over 40 years, he and his wife were active participants in the Grundy County Corn Festival parade.
Alvin is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Sara D. Vilt; his two daughters, Della (Jerry) Rankin and Deanna (Craig) Cook, both of Morris; daughter-in-law, Hilda Vilt of Harlingen; and one brother, Dale Vilt of Schaumburg, Illinois. Nine grandchildren, Tanya (Josh) Downey, Sondra Rankin, Shawn (Casi) Brown, Joshua (Natali Freeman) Vilt, Jeremy Vilt, Jordan Vilt, Tasha (Tony Hughes) Vilt, Brett Cook, and Jasmine Cook. Five great grandchildren, Ella Walker, Tyler and Hope Downey, Jacob Vilt, Lorelai Brown; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, David R. Vilt; his twin brother, Allen Roy Vilt; another brother, Paul Vilt; and three children in infancy.
Visitation will be held at the U.C. Davis-Callahan Funeral Home located at 301 W. Washington Street, Morris, Illinois on June 22, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
A Memorial Service is to follow at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Steve Larson of First Baptist Church of Morris officiating. Cremation rites have been accorded.
Arrangements have been entrusted with U.C. Davis-Callahan Funeral Home, 301 W. Washington Street, Morris, Illinois. For further information visit the website at www.ucdaviscallahan.com or contact the funeral home at 815-942-0084. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting the website.
Published in Morris Herald-News on June 19, 2014