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William Vallow, Jr.


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William Vallow, Jr. Obituary
Born: July 1, 1932 ; in Detroit, MI
Died: July 17, 2014; in Morris, IL

William "Bill" Vallow Jr., age 82, of Morris, passed away early Thursday morning, July 17, 2014 at Walnut Grove Village in Morris, with his loving family by his side.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 21, 2014 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Rev. Edward J. Howe, CR officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, at Fruland Funeral Home, 121 W. Jefferson St., in Morris. Military honors will be provided by the Morris Color Guard.
Born July 1, 1932 in Detroit, Michigan, he was the son of William and Anna Amelda (O'Brien) Vallow. He graduated from Kinmundy High School and served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954 and later attended Kaskaskia Community College. Bill married Lela Mae Young on February 4, 1955 at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Salem. For most of their married life they lived in Salem, Centralia, Pontiac and 37 years in Morris. He was employed at Grundy County National Bank and later Bill and his wife co-owned Morris Shoe Repair and Sales, which later became Morris Family Shoes.
He is survived by his loving wife, Lela of Morris; one son, William Michael (Melinda ) Vallow of Pontiac; two daughters, Anna Marie(Edward) Louis of Campton Hills and Kathryn Jean (Charles) Worley of Seneca; five grandchildren, Matthew (Kelly) Louis of Ft. Worth, Texas, Nicholas Louis of Aurora, Andrew Louis of Champaign, Theresa Worley of Seneca and Daniel Worley of Seneca; a half brother, Robert Vallow; one niece, Lyn Vallow and one nephew, Patrick Keen.
He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Lifetime member of Knights of Columbus in Morris and the American Legion Post No.128 in Salem, IL. He was also a member of the REO Club of America.
He was a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan, loved woodcarving and made a scale replica of his 1911 REO Model H truck. He enjoyed being with his family and friends sharing jokes and stories and enjoyed wintering in Arizona after his retirement.
Memorials may be directed to Immaculate Conception Catholic School or Grundy Community Volunteer Hospice.
For more information, call the funeral home at 815-942-0700 or sign the private online guestbook at www.frulandfuneralhome.com
Published in Morris Herald-News on July 19, 2014
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