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September 26, 2020

8/11/2020 4:04:00 PM
Walter Leon Karrick
b. August 3, 1925 d. August 6, 2020

Walter Leon Karrick, age 95, a longtime resident of Havana, Illinois and more recently of Backus, Minnesota interred into eternal rest on August 6, 2020. He was born in Springfield, Illinois on August 3, 1925 to Walter Lee Karrick and Etta Evelyn (Frey) Karrick. Walter was united in holy matrimony to Joanne Sue Mulvey on August 8, 1948. They have 6 children: Robert (Ann) Karrick, Timothy (Jenny) Karrick, Clarissa (Fred) Smith, Scott (Sandi) Karrick, Andrew (Shannan) Karrick and Lynn (Cindy) Karrick. He has 12 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Walter is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Joanne.

Walter served in the Marine during WWII and fought in the South Pacific. He specifically participate in the Treasury-Bougainville Operation, the New Georgia Operation, the Consolidation of the Northern Solomon Islands and participated in the capture and occupation of the Island of Guam and the Marinas Islands.

He received three degrees from Western Illinois University and a Doctorate degree from Indiana University. Walter worked in education for 34.5 years as a teacher, principal, superintendent, college professor and college administrator.

He spent his retirement years enjoying his family, fishing and traveling.

Services will be held at a later date. Memorials can be made to the First Methodist Church in Havana, Illinois or Good Samaritan Hospice in Nisswa, Minnesota.


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