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Hinesley, Walter

d. October 4, 2014

Walter Hinesley, age 90, of Springfield, passed away on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

He is survived by two sons, Charles M. Hinesley of Athens, William Hinesley of Houston, TX; three daughters, Vonnie Hinesley of Springfield; Jacqueline (husband Tom) Cade of Middletown, and Sandra (husband Dave) Theilken of Springfield; 6 grandchildren; three great-grandhchildren; one brother, Gordon Hinesley of Juno Beach, FL; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friend, Fern Mason.

He is preceded in death by his wife Luanna in 1997; one brother, Charles Hinesley; and three sisters, Florence Lanagher, Frances Rutz, and Lillian Russell.

Walter was born October 28, 1923 in Corona, Alabama, the son of Walter and Lorraine (Short) Hinesley. He was raised in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

He graduated from Fond du Lac High School in 1942. Walter then served for the United State Army Air Corp from 1942-1945 in the Pacific and South Pacific. He was awarded the honor of a Purple Heart. After the war in 1950 he graduated from Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, IL.

He married Luanna Anderson on December 27, 1947 in Evanston, IL.

Walter was a member of the Greenview Amvets, Greenview Masonic Lodge, and Purple Heart Association. He was an original member of the Petersburg Clown Band.

He retired from Dun and Bradstreet and later owned and operated a KOA campground for twelve years.

Visitation will be held at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens on Friday October 10, 2014 from 10:00 until time of funeral services there at 11:00 AM.

Rev. Cliff Hayes will be officiating.

Burial will be held at Walnut Ridge Cemetery near Middletown.

Memorials can be made to the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight.

Family is being served by Mott & Henning Funeral Home, in Athens, IL.


  1. Vonnie & family, I am so very sorry to hear of Walt’s passing. Vonnie, there are so many good memories of time spent hanging out at the KOA Campground with Walt and Luanna, and just generally being around them as your close friend. Stacia and I will always cherish the adorable toddler size rocking chair that Walt made for her when we celebrated her adoption. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this very difficult time. Warmest regards, Melanie & Stacia Kelley

  2. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  3. Vonnie – I’m thinking of you and your family during this time. Hoping that through the sadness you all can surround yourselves with many fond memories of time spent with our day. Sue Morin

  4. Bill and Family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. There are few words to comfort you during this time, but know that you have a lot of friends at Lockheed Martin and NASA that are praying for you at this time.

    Blessings, Michele

  5. Vonnie, I am so very sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Please know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

  6. Vonnie…I’m so very sorry for your loss. I’m keeping you and your family in my prayers during this difficult time.

  7. Vonnie,

    I’m so sorry. Keeping you close in my thoughts and prayers.

    Hugs, Linda

  8. Jackie,

    Sorry to hear of the passing of your dad, will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

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