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Walter J. Power

February 7, 1932 - January 31, 2010

SPRINGFIELD – Walter J. Power Sr., 77, a lifelong resident of Springfield, died at 2:04 a.m. Sunday, January 31, 2010, at St. John’s Hospice.

He was born Feb. 7, 1932, in Springfield, the son of Paul Joseph and Mary Ann Slofkoski Power. He married Elsie M. Brown on Sept. 10, 1960.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, William Paul Power.

He was a union plumber and after retirement worked 10 years for the Illinois EPA. He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving from 1951 to 1955. He was a member of Plumbers Local 137. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed bowling and fishing for many years.

Surviving are his wife, Elsie M. Power of Springfield; two daughters, Dawn (Darren) Polk and Vickie (Martin) Gleason both of Springfield; two sons, Walter (Peggy) Power Jr. of Riverton and Sean (Deb) Power of O’Fallon; eight grandchildren; a great-grandchild; a sister, Rose Ketchel of Wisconsin; a brother, Bob (Marceline) Power of Springfield; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010, at Staab Funeral Home. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, at Staab Funeral Home, with Jon Morrissette officiating. Burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery, where the Sangamon County Interveterans Burial Detail will conduct military honors.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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