SPRINGFIELD – Walter R. Newton Jr., 53, of Springfield died at 10:05 a.m. on Monday, June 21, 2010, at St. John’s Hospital. He was born on March 13, 1957, in Springfield to Walter R. and Rose Newton Sr. He married Judith A. Koehne-Smith on June 20, 2003.
Walter was preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his wife; 1 son, Chris Newton of Springfield; 3 stepsons; 7 grandchildren; mother; 2 sisters, Deb Zehr and Pam Newton, both of Springfield; 1 niece; and several aunts, uncles, nephews and cousins. He was a lifelong resident of Springfield.
Walter was the manager of Casey’s General Store at Ridge and Dirksen Parkway. He loved to play poker, hunt, fish and go to garage sales. They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but an entire life to forget them.
A memorial gathering will be held from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 25, 2010, at Staab Funeral Home, with a memorial service at 1:00 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the family of Walter Newton Jr., c/o Wood Forrest National Bank.
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