SHERMAN – Walter M. Cruzan, 81, of Sherman died at 11:23 p.m. Sunday, May 16, 2010, at St. John’s Hospital.
He was born Oct. 24, 1928, in Springfield, Illinois, the son of Merrill I. and Evelyn E. Morehead Cruzan. He graduated from Lanphier High School in 1946. He received a B.A. from the Cincinnati Bible Seminary, a B.A. in education from Greenville College, a M.A. in counseling from Sangamon State University (now U of I at Springfield) and a MSW from the University of Illinois, Champaign.
He was ordained to the Christian ministry in 1949 at West Side Christian Church in Springfield, Illinois. He ministered to the Berlin, Illinois Church of Christ, the New Paris, Ohio Church of Christ, the Pleasant Hill Christian Church in Raymond, Illinois, the New Vienna, Ohio Christian Church and the Orrville, Ohio Church of Christ. In the Springfield public schools, he taught at Edison Jr. High and Springfield High School. He was a school social worker in District 186 for 22 years, retiring in 1991. He was a member of South Side Christian Church in Springfield, Illinois, where he taught the Crusaders Class for several years. He was affiliated with Faith Outreach Christian Center in Sherman, Illinois.
He is survived by 1 daughter, Marta Michelle Gibbs of East Troy, WI; 1 granddaughter, Katie Gibbs of Springfield; and 1 grandson, Joshua Gibbs of Nashville, TN; 1 brother-in-law, Freeman Wood; several nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters, Wanda E. Cruzan, Irma Bradley and E. Vivian Wood.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, 2010, at Staab Funeral Home, with a lie in state from 9:30-10 a.m. Wednesday, May 19, 2010, at South Side Christian Church followed by a funeral service at 10 a.m., with Pastor Jim Caler and Pastor Paul Ayappa officiating.
Memorials may be made to South Side Christian Church or Cincinnati Christian University.
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