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Richard Von Holten

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

Born Dec. 11, 1924, in rural Rock Falls to Otto and Margaret (Whyte) Von Holten, he married Rosetta Wallace Nov. 24, 1946, at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Rock Falls. She survives.

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 theatre. He was a member of the Walnut American Legion.

He farmed north of Deer Grove and many years north of Walnut and later worked for PAG/Cargill Seeds south of Walnut, until his retirement. 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 the New Life Lutheran Church of Sterling.

Also surviving are two sons, Bruce (Charlotte) Von Holten of Walnut and Bradd (Emily) Von Holten of Walnut; six daughters, Becky (Marvin) Larson of Rowlett, Texas, Susan (Dave) Lauritzen of Wyanet, Rhea Von (Mel Klinkenberg) Holten of Walnut, LuCindy (Bob) Foss of Walnut, Coleen (Clifton) Hon of Cincinnati, Ohio, 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; and six brothers, Leo, James, John, Eugene, Robert "Bob" and Don.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the New Life Lutheran Church, Sterling, with Pastor William Sullivan officiating. Burial will be in the Coloma Township Cemetery, Rock Falls.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the McDonald Funeral Home, Rock Falls.

Memorials may be directed to New Life Lutheran Church in Sterling.

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