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.
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