Richard Raymond Von Holten, 88, of Walnut, passed away Sunday, May 12, 2013, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Richard was born on December 11, 1924, in rural Rock Falls, to Otto and Margaret (Whyte) Von Holten. He was united in marriage to Rosetta Wallace on November 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 W.W. 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 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 the New Life Lutheran Church of Sterling.
He enjoyed spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Rosetta of Walnut; 2 sons, Bruce (Charlotte) Von Holten of Walnut and Bradd (Emily) Von Holten of Walnut; 6 daughters, Becky (Marvin) Larson of FRowlett, TX, Susan (Dave) Lauritzen of Wyanet, Rhea Von Holten and Mel Klinkenberg of Walnut, LuCindy (Bob) Foss of Walnut, Coleen (Clifton) Hon of Cincinnati, OH, Colette (Scott) Odell of Rockwall, TX; 16 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren; 5 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; 6 brothers, Leo, James, John, Eugene, Robert (Bob) and Don.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established for the New Life Lutheran Church, Sterling, IL.