Walter William Peura died June 6, 2010 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Illinois following an accidental trauma suffered to his head. He was born October 15, 1921 in Marquette, Michigan to Victor and Jennie Overmark Peura. He was preceded in death by both parents, a younger brother John, his wife of 49 years Dorothy Gunn and one son Stephen.
He is survived by his sister Sophie Peura of Marquette, MI; one son Morley (wife:Mary Ann) Peura of Springfield; four grandchildren Theresa (husband – Dan Demaine) Peura of Ipswich, MA, Christopher (wife – Jennifer) Peura of Austin TX, Jennifer Peura and Elizabeth Peura both of Springfield; two great grandchildren Max Peura-Demaine and Nora Jean Peura Demaine; cousins Sadie Hakkinen, Sophie Grondin both of Marquette; cousins Helen Anderson, Roger Overmark both of L’Anse, MI, one nephew Lonnie (wife – Kathryn) Rabjohns of Clinton MD; nieces Dr. Lynette Knight of Winona MN , Denise Gottfried of Redwood City, CA, and Karen Whetsell of Boynton Beach Fl; and sisters-in-law Frances (husband – John) Stencel of McGregor IA and Nancy Gunn of Boynton Beach FL.
Walter graduated from Graveraet High School in Marquette in 1939. Walter then attended the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana where he graduated in 1948. He served in the Army recognizance with the 8th Armored Division in Europe during World War II participating in the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded three battle stars of Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe campaigns with an honorable discharge.
He worked for the State of Illinois for 33 years within the Civil Service Commission and the Department of Personnel starting from entry level to Chief of Recruitment and Selection and Employment Service. He was a staunch unwavering proponent of non-discrimination and of equal opportunity for all, as he disliked the invariable injustices that result from political patronage whatever side of the aisle. He often mentioned Rutan vs Republican Party argued before the Supreme Court in this regards.
He was received by Confession of Faith by the Westminster Presbyterian Church April 3, 1966. Favorite Biblical passages were Psalms 23 and 121; John 14: 1-7; Ecclesiastes 3: 2-8 and Isaiah 40: 6-8.
Visitation will be from 5-7 pm, Thursday, June 10, 2010 at Staab Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 11 am, Friday, June 11, 2010 at Staab Funeral Home with Reverend Dr. Lonnie H. Lee officiating. Burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery where Sangamon County Interveterans will conduct military honors.
Memorials may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 533 South Walnut, Springfield, IL 62704.