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Russell H. Walton

July 4, 1926 ~ August 17, 2016 (age 90)

   Russell Harold Walton, 90, of the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, formerly of Jacksonville, Illinois, died at 2:20 a.m. Wednesday (August 17, 2016) at the Illinois Veterans Home.

   Born July 4, 1926 in Whitehall, Illinois, Russell was the son of Roscoe and Theresa Wagstaff Walton. He married Carol Holkenbrink on March 17, 1950 in Jacksonville, Illinois. She preceded him in death. He married Lorene Jackson on November 17, 1993 in Indiana. She preceded him in death.

   Mr. Walton served his country in the U. S. Army during WWII in the Asiatic Pacific Theater.

   Russell was a member of the Centenary United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, the Lions Club in Jacksonville and was active for many years with Habitat for Humanity and the Boy Scouts of America. Russell had a passion for his faith and helping others. He was a volunteer with NOMADS, a group that provides volunteer labor for United Methodist organizations and was an active supporter of Camp Forest Springs Christian Camp in Westboro, Wisconsin.  Following his retirement, Russell would spend six months to a year as the resident manager for Christian Camps throughout the United States and Mexico.

   Russell earned his Bachelors Degree from Illinois College and began his career in business and accounting as and Executive with the Boy Scouts of America in Hammond, Indiana. He later was co owner of the Holkenbrink & Walton Grocery Store in Jacksonville, an accountant for the Illinois Department of Corrections at the Pontiac Prison, the business manager at the Illinois Braille and Sight Saving School, the business manager for Illinois College and was last employed for the State of Illinois Department of Aging until his retirement.

   Survivors include a daughter, Kay Seaver (Mike) of Quincy; a son, Robert Walton (Donna) of Bartlett, IL; six grandchildren, Brian Walton (Jen), Diane Oskierko (Charlie), Eric Walton (Stacey), Mark Walton (Michelle), Scott Walton and Mary Walton; five great grandchildren; and two nieces.

   Mr. Walton was preceded in death by his parents; his two wives; and a sister, Eloise Watson.

   Mr. Walton has gifted his body to medical science. Memorial services will be held Friday morning (August 26, 2016) at 10:30 a.m. in Centenary United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, Illinois with Pastor Jean Hembrough officiating.

   Arrangements are in the care of  Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home, 1435 State Street, Quincy, IL 62301.

   Memorials may be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, 331 East State Street, Jacksonville, IL 62650.
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