PERRY, Ill. -- Walter R. Suhling Jr., 89 of Perry, died at 6:20 a.m. Wednesday (Jan. 22, 2014) in Heritage Health, Therapy and Senior Care in Mount Sterling.
He was born July 24, 1924, in Calhoun County, a son of Walter R. and Mary Blanche Christner Suhling. He married Mary Frances Wilson on Aug. 14, 1948, at the First Christian Church in Mount Sterling, and she survives.
Walter retired in 2006 from Dot Foods Inc. after 20 years as an over-the-road driver. Prior to that he was engaged in farming, attained the position of captain of a barge for a barge line in Havana, Ill., and worked for a local John Deere dealership for many years.
He graduated from Kampsville High School with the class of 1942.
Mr. Suhling was a veteran of World War II
having served his country in the U.S. Navy
where he attained the rank of motor machinist's mate second class.
Walter was a former member of the First Christian Church in Mount Sterling. He was an over 50-year member of the Perry American Legion Post No. 1040, the Perry Masonic Lodge No. 95 AF&AM and the Pittsfield Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star No. 195.
Walter was devoted to the village of Perry where he served as the Perry village clerk, was a member of the Perry Fire Department and served on the Perry School Board for several years.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Suhling of Perry; four children, Walter R. Suhling III and his wife, Diana, of Griggsville, W. Roger Suhling of Mount Sterling, Mary Ellen Craig and her husband, Paul, of Perry, and Peggy Perry and her husband, Ed, of Mount Sterling; eight grandchildren, Tracy Flowers and her husband, Jamie, Jeri Lyn Howell and her husband, Booky, Reggie Suhling, Kimber Martin and her husband, Michael, Kellen Craig, Kollin Craig and his wife, Brittany, and Joseph and Maddy Perry; four great-grandchildren, Makenzie Flowers, Ethan and Evan Howell and Hattie Martin; one sister-in-law , Corda Lee Suhling of Pittsfield; and two nieces and one nephew.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Cherry Lyn Suhling; and one brother, Joseph Adrian Suhling.
SERVICES: 2 p.m. Saturday in the Hendricker Funeral Home in Mount Sterling, with Ken Bradbury conducting. Burial will be in the Wilson Cemetery in Perry. A military service will be conducted at the graveside.
VISITATION: 4 to 7 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Friends also may call from 8 a.m. until the time of services Saturday in the funeral home.
MEMORIALS: Wilson Cemetery, North Pike Fire Department or the Perry Masonic Lodge No. 95 AF&AM.
ARRANGEMENTS: Hendricker Funeral Home, Mount Sterling.