Walter F. Rowold, 102, of Red Bud, Illinois and formerly of Chester (Bremen), Illinois, passed away at 7:35 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 at Red Bud Regional Care, in Red Bud.
He was born on Oct. 14, 1918 in Red Bud (Prairie), to the late Conrad and Emmiline (nee Goetting) Rowold.
Walter married Marcella Lindner on Nov. 5, 1949 at St. John Lutheran Church in Bremen, Illinois; she preceded in death on March 11, 2019.
Walter worked at International Shoe Factory in Evansville, Illinois and later retired as a security therapy aide from Chester Mental Health.
He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Chester, a life member of V.F.W. Post #3553 in Chester, a life member of American Legion BBK Post #480 in Steeleville, a life member of Disabled American Veterans/Jackson County #69, and a member of American Legion Post #133 in Perryville, Missouri.
He was a life member and the last living charter member of V.F.W. Post #6632 in Red Bud.
Walter was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy.
He is survived by his daughter Maureen (Mark) Liefer of Red Bud; his step-grandson, Timothy (Randa) Liefer and Randa's daughter, Marley Roddy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Marcella, eight siblings, William Rowold, Edna (Oscar) Hitzemann, Fred (Zuehla) Rowold, Hugo Rowold, Clara (Ed) Tillock, Paul (Sylvia) Rowold, Selma Rowold, and Otto (Ruth) Rowold; and two nieces, Marcella Prater and Bonnie Highberger.
Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 St. John Lutheran Church in Chester, with the Rev. Justin Massey officiating. Interment will be at St. John Lutheran Cemetery, in Bremen.
Visitation will be held prior to the service, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at St. John Lutheran Church in Chester.
The church is limited to 65 people at a time. Everyone in attendance is asked to wear a mask and observe social distancing guidelines.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Walter's name are suggested to St. John Lutheran Church in Chester, St. John Lutheran Church in Bremen, or to the donor's choice.
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