BYRON - Walter L. Scott, 89, of Byron, passed away at 6:16 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at Rosewood Care Center, Rockford, Illinois.
Walter was born in Charleston, Illinois, September 18, 1919, the son of Walter and Ruth (Gaston) Scott. He married Mary Agnes Mingus in 1940. They met while working at the Brown Shoe Factory in Charleston. Walter attended EIU on the GI bill, graduating with a B.S. and M.S. in Education. Walter taught for several years in the Cumberland County area. In 1958, he moved his family to Byron, Illinois, where he continued teaching until his retirement.
Walter served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theater. He was a member of the United Church of Byron, a 32nd Degree Mason, Shriner, a life member of the American Legion and the V.F.W., having served as the Post Commander in Charleston, and the Moose Lodge.
Surviving are his daughters: Linda (Roger) Hellinga and Christine Scott; grandsons: Scott (Donna) Hellinga and Brett (Jamie) Hellinga; great-grandchildren: Abigail, Karl, Audrey, and Molly. Sisters: Wanda Milchack of Hobart, IN and Barbara Wedeskey of Howell, MI. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife: Agnes, sister: Mercedes, brothers: Clovis, Harry, and Paul.
His funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 15, 2009 at the Caudill-King Funeral Home with Reverend John McArthur officiating. Masonic Rites will be performed at 1:30 p.m. Burial with military rites performed by Paul McVey V.F.W. Post 1592 will be in Mound Cemetery, Charleston. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
Memorials: Shriner's Children's Hospitals of Illinois, 2211 N. Oak Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60707 or Passages Hospice.com.
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Published by Journal Gazette & Times-Courier on May 14, 2009.