Walter L. Scott
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.
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My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Scott and his family. My life-long interest in history can be traced back to Mr. Scott's lessons in 7th & 8th grade at Byron Jr. High School in the early '70s. Rest in Peace, Mr. Scott.
Dennis Dockins
May 19, 2009
Mr. Scott was my sixth grade homeroom teacher in Byron. He was such a joy to have as a teacher and I have many great memories of him. His students could never get away with chewing gum in his class as he had a nose like no other. He would always walk up and down the aisles of desks saying, "I smell artificial flavoring. Spit the gum out." I was caught so many times, but he always made a fun joke out of it. God Bless Mr. Scott and his family. He will be missed.
Kelly Dallman
May 18, 2009
Mr. Scott always had plenty of interesting stories. I always enjoyed his Jr. High history class. Godspeed Mr. Scott
Brian Jackson
May 15, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. The family of Gerald Scott.
Karen Scott Rodriguez
May 15, 2009
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
Bob & Carol Godman
May 15, 2009
I had Mr. Scott as a jr. high teacher in Byron. I'll always remember his help & encouragement in passing the Constitution test. also fond memories of chewing grape gum in class. best way of avoiding getting caught....don't chew. RIP Mr. Scott.
Denny Gambrel
May 14, 2009