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Walter Holstine

February 25, 1923 — September 27, 2023

Aledo, IL


Walter E. Holstine, Aledo, formerly of Reynolds, age 100, passed peacefully in his home on September 27, 2023.  Funeral services will be Saturday, October 7th at 11:30 AM at Speer Funeral Home, Aledo. Visitation is Saturday, from 10:00 AM until service time. Private family burial will be in Reynolds Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Reynolds Cemetery Association, the Reynolds United Methodist Church.


The service will be live streamed on the Speer Funeral Home Facebook page.


Walter E. Holstine was born February 25, 1923, near Colchester, Illinois.  He was the son of James and Jesse (Horrell) Holstine.  He married Georgiabelle Becker in her parents’ home in Reynolds in 1945.  She preceded him in death in 2016. 


Walter farmed in the Reynolds area from 1947 until his retirement.  Starting in 1994 he was a “winter Texan” for sixteen years. 


Walter enjoyed family, playing cards, and quietly doing things the right way.  He did not make excuses or look for blame.  He lived a life where relationships had priority over things.   He served his profession, his church and his community in many ways, including Rock Island Farm Bureau Board, Mer-Roc FS Board, Trustee on Regional Board of Education, Rock Island County Fair Board, Bowling Township Supervisor, Reynolds Cemetery Sexton, Reynolds United Methodist Church Board, and nearly 20 years as a 4-H leader.


Among those left to cherish his memory are his children: William (Carol) Holstine, Normal, IL; Anne (Allen) Holdsworth, Aledo, IL; James (Savilla) Holstine, Milan, IL; and Wayne (Gay) Holstine, Cedar Rapids, IA. In addition Walter has eight grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren: Andy & Phoung Holstine and children, Stella, Gable, Evie, Bela & Remy; Robert & Leanna Holstine and their children: Sawyer & Charlotte; Kevin & Sarah Holstine and their children: Raymond & Noah; Jon & Lindi Holstine and their children: Adilyn, Maya & Blythe; Jeff Holdsworth and his children: Mikayla & Ayden; Jessica & Eric Vanasdale; Emily Koebbe and her children: Nathan & Helen and Russell & Natalie Holstine and their daughters, Marilee, Cora & Emma.


Walter was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; his son, Richard; and by his two brothers and four sisters. 


We express our heartfelt gratitude to the staff and residents of Brookstone for their special care and love, making it his home for the last 13 years.





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