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Richard Tillinghast

Published: Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 7:56 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 4:29 p.m. CDT

WALNUT — Richard “Dick” W. Tillinghast, 89, of Walnut died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at Walnut Manor Nursing Home in Walnut.

Dick was born on Nov. 9, 1923, in Indianapolis, Ind., the son of Walter and Verna (Jones) Tillinghast Hinton, stepson of George Hinton. He was united in marriage to Jean E. Smith on Dec. 30, 1947 in Walnut.

As a child, his stepfather's career resulted in the family moving frequently. Dick's college education at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington was interrupted in 1941 to serve in the U.S. Army 11th Airborne Division. At the end of his tour of duty he had been promoted the rank of sergeant and discharged honorably.

After returning from service and back at Illinois Wesleyan, Dick met Jean and they fell in love and married. As a young couple, they started their life together in Walnut. As Dick's career progressed, and their family grew, they moved several times and ended up in Mount Prospect. In his free time, Dick's passions were Boy Scout leadership, reading and Jazz.

Following Dick's retirement they moved back to Jean's childhood home in Walnut. In retirement, they continued their life-long passion for music by starting "Musically Yours," an antique music business.

He is survived by his children, Marc Tillinghast of Bountiful, Utah, Brian (Theresa) Tillinghast of Algonquin, Diane (Wally) Treu of Long Grove and Charles Tillinghast of Walnut; four grandchildren, Sarah (Jay) Oliva, Lauren Treu, Kelli Ann Tillinghast and John Tillinghast; and one great-grandson, Dominic Oliva.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Jean; one infant daughter, Robin Sue; one sister; one stepbrother; and his stepfather.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Garland Funeral Home, Walnut, with the Rev. Gale T. Brandner officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Cemetery with full military rites conducted by Walnut American Legion Post 179.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

A memorial has been established in his memory to the Walnut Library and Walnut Manor Nursing Home in lieu of flowers.

Condolences may be left at www.garlandfuneralhome.com.

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