Lawrence M. Walsh
1948 - 2020
BORN
1948
DIED
2020
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507 S. State Street
Manhattan, IL
Lawrence M. Walsh, Sr.

Born: March 3, 1948

Died: June 3, 2020

On Wednesday, June 3, 2020, Lawrence M. "Larry" Walsh, Sr., loving husband, proud father of six, and caring papa to twenty grandchildren, passed away at his home surrounded by his family at the age of 72.

Larry was born on March 3, 1948 in Joliet, IL to Robert and Alice (Hess) Walsh. He was a proud graduate of Elwood grade school class of 1962, Joliet East class of 1966, and Joliet Junior College class of 1968 earning his Associates Degree in Agriculture. He was awarded two honorary doctorate degrees from Lewis University and the University of St. Francis. Larry married the love of his life, Irene Quigley on November 29, 1969. Over 50 years of marriage, they raised their family in Elwood. As a devoted farmer, Larry loved the land and raising his children on the family farm.

Larry not only cultivated the land, but also grew a legacy of service to his community. The lasting impact of his life's work can best be seen in his children, who like their dad have dedicated themselves to both farming and careers of service.

Larry began his long career in public service in 1970 as a member of the Elwood School Board. In 1973, he was first elected Jackson Township Supervisor, a position he held until December 2004. He served on the Will County Board in 1974 and 1992. Larry was Illinois State Senator, representing the 43rd District from April 1997 until January 2005. Larry finished his career in public service as the Will County Executive, a position he held since being elected in 2004. His mission as a public servant has always been to better the lives of people who live and work in his community. He brought a voice to disability issues, senior services, preservation and agricultural concerns; always looking to improve quality of life.

An active and dedicated member of the community, he served on the following boards: Will County Center for Economic Development, Will County Governmental League, Will County Farm Bureau, Joliet Chamber of Commerce, Joliet City Center Partnership, Joliet Owners and Managers Association and Chicago Metropolitan Agency on Planning. He was also a member of the Joliet Exchange Club, the Elwood Lions Club, Friends of Hospice, and many local Chambers of Commerce. He passionately contributed to local charities like Morning Star Mission, Make a Wish Foundation, Boy Scouts of America, and Cornerstone among many others.

Larry was dedicated to his family, loyal to his friends, and faithful to God. He was a lifelong parishioner of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Wilmington. He attended daily mass, was a Eucharistic Minister, and a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Anyone who knew Larry recognized his loud voice and vibrant personality in a crowd. You could find him playing cards with his many friends, traveling with his wife and dear cousins MaryJane and Joe, or giving tractor rides to his grandchildren.

Larry is preceded in death by his father, Robert, Sr., his mother, Alice (Hess), father-in-law Marvin, Sr. and Mother-in-law Mary (McCormick) Quigley, his brothers Robert, Jr. and Edward, brothers-in-law Tom Baudino, Richard Quigley, and Marvin Jr "Jimmy" Quigley.

Larry is survived by his wife Irene, his six children, Larry, Jr. (Theresa), Frank (Micki), Matthew (Danielle), Sarah (Kyle) Horton, Shawn (Amy), and Brian (Brandy), twenty grandchildren, Katelynn, Frank, Jr., Aidan, Jacob, Matthew, Jr., Becca Horton, Nolan, Casie, Joshua, Nicholas, Caleb, Breanna Horton, Brayden, Brittany Horton, Liam, Brody, Charles, Griffin, Molly, and Samuel. Also survived by his siblings, Joanne (Martin) Katzmarek, John (Sue), Mary (the late Tom) Baudino, Marty (Karen), Nancy (Linda Mackley), sisters-in-law Linda Walsh and Donna Walsh, brothers-in-law Michael (Pat), Paul, and Bill Quigley, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A public visitation will be Thursday, June 11, 2020 at Forsythe Gould Funeral Home in Manhattan, Illinois from 2 PM - 8 PM. Face masks will be required. Due to restrictions, a private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM at St. Rose of Lima Church in Wilmington on Friday, June 12, 2020. The public is invited to safely line the processional route (Kankakee Street between Rt. 53 and St. Rose Church) following Mass at 11:15 AM to pay tribute to Larry. Interment, Mt. St. Patrick Cemetery, Wilton Center.

Memorial donations may be made to Joliet Area Community Hospice, The Kuzma Care Cottage Food Pantry in Wilmington, and the Larry Walsh Memorial Scholarship Foundation.

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the staff of Joliet Area Community Hospice for the compassionate care given to Larry and Irene. They would also like to thank The University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dr. Sunil Narula, M.D., Dr. Robert Schubert, M.D., and Dr. Thai Nguyen, M.D.

Larry will long be remembered for his role of the Guardian Angel, Clarence in WJOL's annual radio show performance of It's a Wonderful Life. "Remember no man is a failure who has friends. Thanks for the wings! Love Clarence."

Forsythe Gould Funeral Home

507 South State Street

Manhattan, Il

(815) 478-3321

www.forsythegouldfh.com


Published by The Herald-News from Jun. 5 to Jun. 9, 2020.
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25 Entries
Please accept our sincere and heartfelt condolences for your loss. Larry was a lovely man, and was always kind to us. We appreciated his service.
Ted and Clare Ludas
Neighbor
June 21, 2020
So sorry. Treasure all of your memories.
James Sniegowski
Classmate
June 14, 2020
est In Peace Mr Walsh , we will miss your wit as well as wisdom. God Bless
Janet DiVecchio
Friend
June 12, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Chuck&Janice Garbin
Acquaintance
June 12, 2020
Bruce Friefeld
June 10, 2020
Larry Musson
June 10, 2020
Dr
Adrienne Cooper-Williams
Acquaintance
June 9, 2020
scott nemanich
June 9, 2020
Edward Masters
June 9, 2020
a loved one
June 9, 2020
a loved one
June 8, 2020
My most sincere condolences to the Family and dear loved ones of Larry. Rest In Peace, Kathleen (the late Reinhold) Fritz. ❤
Kathleen Fritz
Friend
June 8, 2020
Joe McCoy
June 8, 2020
I celebrate his life along with his wonderful family remember the good times!!!!
Mike Lieteau
Friend
June 8, 2020
My deepest condolences to you and your family. My Mom and I worked at Sunnyhill Nursing Home.
Yvette Dawson
Acquaintance
June 8, 2020
My condolences to the Walsh Family even though I had never met Mr. Walsh I had met his son Larry Jr with District 8 I was an IAM member from District 143 and a board member for the Guide Dogs of America. Mr Walsh always looked out for the less fortunate and he was a great man and great father and grandfather. May eternal rest grant unto him O'Lord and let perpetual light shine upon. May his soul rest in peace
Gerald Bernson
Friend
June 7, 2020
So sorry for your loss, Irene. May your happy memories of the past bring you a measure of comfort and peace. Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time.
Diane Rademacher Petronio
Diane Petronio
June 7, 2020
Jacqueline Tyler
June 7, 2020
Larry was always smiling, unless he was listening to your problem and helping find a solution. Larry was always there to help, unless he was helping someone else.

Family, religion, community were his priorities. What a life well lived.

It was at a funeral that we discovered that Larrys Grandfather and Johns Grandmother were sister and brother making them second cousins. Larrys comment, you never know who youre related to in this area.

Condolences to all of you, especially Sarah, Matt, Sean and Brian who I taught at Providence.

God bless Larry, he can now Rest In Peace.
Love & Mutual prayers,
John & Marge Mostyn
John and Marge Mostyn
Family
June 7, 2020
Michael Clemmoms
June 6, 2020
Michael Clemmoms
June 6, 2020
Irene and family, I am so sorry to hear about Larry's passing. My thoughts and prayers to all of you. Phillis Redfern
Phillis Redfern
June 5, 2020
Larry,

You were a great friend, colleague, and inspiration. I will never forget you! God rest your soul, my friend.

Paul Fay
Paul Fay
Coworker
June 5, 2020
Irene & family, were sorry to hear of Larrys
passing.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Tom & Kandy Reeder
Friend
June 5, 2020
Larry was a shining example of what a public servant should be. Always accessible, always listening and always trying. He cared deeply about who he represented. A wonderful family man. He will be sorely missed. Rest in peace Larry and well done sir.
Matt Persicketti
Friend
June 5, 2020
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