Ward E. "Newt" Newton
January 10, 1930 - August 16, 2021
Smithton, Illinois - SMITHTON - Ward E. "Newt" Newton, born January 10, 1930, at Elkland, Penn., died August 16, 2021, at Trenton, Ill.
Newt was a friend to all and never met a stranger. He and his dog, Dory, were fixtures in Smithton, Ill., where he lived for the past 15+ years. He was full of life and energy, and enjoyed walking the town and socializing. Newt was a proud Korean War Veteran serving in the United States Air Force from 1948-1952. He was exceptionally thrilled to participate in the Veterans Honor Flight in October 2019. Newt married Mary L. Thebus in 1952 and was blessed with five daughters. In 1975, he married his second wife, Anna (née Hackney) Collins and gained four stepchildren. Newt was preceded in death by both wives.
Newt was employed as manager for the Bond Tire Company in East St. Louis for decades. When Bond Tire closed, he joined Catholic Urban Programs (CUP) in East St. Louis, managing the St. Vincent de Paul store and Cosgrove Kitchen until his retirement. He was active in the Silver Sneakers program at the downtown Belleville YMCA. Newt's dedication to staying active had people constantly asking him if he had discovered the fountain of youth. Newt arrived early at the "Y" each morning and was known as its unofficial greeter; his cadre of "Y" friends became a part of his family.
Newt is survived by his daughters: Anne Cerny, Jeanne Newton (Tom Cromwell), Sara Newton (David Sheppard), Teresa (John) Marifian, and Rita (Larry) Wuebbels; stepchildren: Ivan (Janet) Collins, Richard (Debbie) Collins; sons-in-law: Bob Stanley and John "Butch" Huff; brother: Donald (Dale Wincenciak) Newton; sister: Ann Sharp; sister-in-law: Pat Newton; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and a dear friend, Barbara Hill.
Preceding Newt in death were his parents: Earl and Genevieve (née Hallock) Newton; two sisters and brothers-in-law: Virginia (Al) Nebelecky and Barbara (Ray) Rohlman; brother: Mark Newton; brother-in-law: Dan Sharp; son-in-law: Kevin Cerny; and stepdaughters: Barbara Stanley and Carolyn Huff.
Memorials may be made to Catholic Urban Programs, PO Box 3310, East St. Louis, IL 62203. Per Newt's wishes there will be no funeral service. His ashes will be inurned in the columbarium at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis. There will be a Farewell Party at a later date.
Published by Belleville News-Democrat on Aug. 22, 2021.