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Richard R. Von Holten

WALNUT – Richard Raymond Von Holten, 88, of Walnut, passed away Sunday, May 12, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Richard was born Dec. 11, 1924, in rural Rock Falls, to Otto and Margaret (Whyte) Von Holten. He was united in marriage to Rosetta Wallace on Nov. 24, 1946, at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Rock Falls.

He attended Advance Grade School, Mekeel Grade School, and Walnut High School.  He also served as president of the board at Mekeel School. He served in the Army as a radio/radar operator during World War II in the South Pacific theater. He was a member of the Walnut American Legion.

He farmed north of Deer Grove, and for many years, north of Walnut. He later worked for PAG/Cargill Seeds, south of Walnut, until his retirement.

He was baptized in the Lutheran faith. He was a former member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Rock Falls, where he was active in the church choir, council and Lutheran Brotherhood. At present, he was a member of New Life Lutheran Church of Sterling.

He enjoyed spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Rosetta of Walnut; two sons, Bruce (Charlotte) Von Holten and Bradd (Emily) Von Holten, both of Walnut; six daughters, Becky (Marvin) Larson of Rowlett, Texas, Susan (Dave) Lauritzen of Wyanet, Rhea (Mel Klinkenberg) Von Holten of Walnut, LuCindy (Bob) Foss of Walnut, Coleen (Clifton) Hon of Cincinnati, and Colette (Scott) Odell of Rockwall, Texas; 16 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; five sisters, Marie Schulte, Ellen (Boots) Spencer, Betty Ann Oberle, Marge Parker, and Euryth Vickrey; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Margaret; and six brothers, Leo, James, John, Eugene, Robert “Bob” and Don.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at New Life Lutheran Church in Sterling, with the Rev. William Sullivan, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Coloma Township Cemetery in Rock Falls.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to New Life Lutheran Church in Sterling.

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