LAPRAIRIE, Ill. -- Wallace Russell Croxton, 95, of Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, formerly of rural LaPrairie, died at 5:47 a.m. Wednesday (July 30, 2014) in Blessing Hospital, Quincy.
He was born on June 26, 1919, in Schuyler County, to Joel Dwight and Bertha E. Peck Croxton.
He married Norma Waller on June 25, 1954, in St. Louis. She died July 20, 2014.
Wallace was a 1942 graduate of Western Illinois State Teachers College in Macomb, with a bachelor of agriculture education degree and a minor in chemistry and biology. He was a lifelong farmer in Schuyler County with J.D. Croxton Midway Farms.
He served during World War II
in the U.S. Army
33rd Quarter Master Company of the 33rd Infantry Division from September 1942 until December 1945. He was awarded two Bronze Stars
and a Bronze Star Medal for his service.
He traveled with the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., in 2009. Wallace was an active member of the Elm Grove United Methodist Church and Prairie Land Barbershop Chorus and Harmonizer Society; a 50-year member Camden Lodge No. 648 AF&AM in which he served as chaplain for many years; a 50-year member of Quincy Consistory singing in the choir for many years; and a member of Mohammed Shrine in Peoria, Schuyler Post No. 4 American Legion, Schuyler County Farm Bureau, and formerly of the Augusta Lions.
He is survived by two brothers, Joel (Jude) Croxton of LaPrairie, and Harold (Rosmere) Croxton of Lebanon, Pa.; one brother-in-law, Dr. Leslie (Carol) Long of Sebring, Fla.; two sisters-in-law, Lois Croxton of Quincy and Eva Croxton Christian of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Keith, Robert, and Billy Croxton; one sister, Joan Dee Long; and two sisters-in-law, Orma Croxton and Mildred Croxton.
SERVICES: 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 4, in Elm Grove United Methodist Church, south of Augusta. The Rev. Dixie L. Croxton will be conducting. Burial with military honors by Schuyler Post No. 4 American Legion and the Illinois National Guard Funeral Honors Detail will be in Woodlawn Cemetery at Augusta.
VISITATION: 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, in the Hamilton Funeral Home in Augusta, with Masonic rites conducted at 5 p.m.
MEMORIALS: Elm Grove United Methodist Church.
ARRANGEMENTS: Hamilton Funeral Home, Augusta.
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