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Abel, Walter Harry

d. April 1, 2011

Walter Abel, age 80 of Athens, passed away on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. He is survived by his daughter, Kathy Williams; grandsons Justin, Jesse, Christopher & Zachary Williams; and several nieces and nephews. Walter was born April 7, 1930 in Athens, the son of John C. & Ethell Mae Lockett Abel. He is preceded in death by his wife Rose in 1999, his parents & seven sisters. He married Rose Mary Glenn on June 7, 1969. Walter worked for C&IM Railroad retiring after 30 yrs of service.

He served with the US Air Force.

Visitation will be held on Friday, April 1, 2011 at the New Life Baptist Church in Athens from 10:00 AM until time of funeral service there at 11:00 AM. Rev. Milton Crain will be officiating. Burial will be held at Joel Hall Cemetery Family is being served by Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens, IL.


  1. We are so sorry to hear of Bud’s passing.There are so many memories we have of him and your mom,Terry had a very special love for them.Bud was quite a character, he loved to tell railroad stories,play cards,drink coffee,listen to country music but most of all he loved being surrounded by his family and friends.I will always remember Bud as a sweet,caring and gentle man.What a reunion that must of been the day God called him home,to have so many people he had loved in life waiting for him as he entered the Gates of Heaven.I can vision him with that ever present smile and his sweet little chuckle as Bud went Home!Rest in Peace Uncle Bud. With Much Love

  2. Kathy and family our sympathy on the loss of your father. He was a special person. May your memories bring you comfort. Messersmith-Plopper Family

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