ROCK FALLS – Walter T. Hinrichs, 82, of Rock Falls, went to be with the Lord on Sunday May 11, 2014, at Rock Falls Rehabilitation Center.
Walter was born May 24, 1931, in rural Sterling, the son of Henry F. and Alma (Heilener) Hinrichs. He served in the Army during the Korean War. Following his term in the service, Walter farmed around the Sterling-Rock Falls area. In 1996, he retired from Northwestern Steel and Wire Co. after 31 years of service. He was a member of New Life Lutheran Church in Sterling.
He married Betty Rhodes on Feb. 14, 1954, in Rock Falls. She survives him. Together, they were blessed with three children, Diane Yoeckel of Sterling, Marcia (Tom) Rucker of Rock Falls, and Gary (Cathy) Hinrichs of Prophetstown. Walter was very proud of his five grandchildren, Nathaniel (Betsy) Rucker of Sumner, Iowa, Erin Rucker of Rock Falls, Patrick Hinrichs of Prophetstown, Sarah (Chris) Vacanti of Omaha, Neb., and Staci (Nic Lenox) Hinrichs of Galesburg. His six great-grandchildren brought much joy to his life. Walter also is survived by two sisters, Lucille (Merle) Wolfley and Nancy Riesselman, both of Sterling.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, LeRoy, Ben, Arthur, and Paul; four sisters, Edna, Anna, Betty, and Jean; and a son-in-law, Craig Yoeckel.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. today at New Life Lutheran Church in Sterling. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling.
A memorial will be established.