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Walter J. Marnell

October 13, 1926 — January 17, 2022

Walter J. Marnell

Walter J. Marnell

Age 95 of Morris, Illinois, formally of Burbank, Illinois, passed away on Monday, January 17, 2022 at Lightways Hospice in Joliet.

Walter enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard on December 3, 1942 as an apprentice seamen. He was assigned to the USCG Cutter Modoc during World War II. He was honorably discharged on March 25, 1946 as Seaman 1st Class, earning the American Theater of War/Victory Medal and European Theater of War/Victory Medal.

Father to James (Dee) Marnell, Sherry (Ben) Toman, Donna (Ted) Decker, Merrilly (Ken) Maloney, Karen (Tom) Sheridan, and Chris (Sam) Rusenovich.

Preceded in death by his loving wife of 76 years, Merryon, on January 14, 2022; his mother Josephine Marnell, son John Marnell (Becky), and grandson Tony Sheridan.

Grandfather to Michael Marnell (Michelle), Brian Marnell (Kari), Carrie Piszro (Joe), Kevin Toman (Stacy), Debbie Pagoria (Mike), Lynn Terrell (Reese), Keith Decker, Steven Marnell, Laura Moll, John Marnell (Stacy), Melissa Hefner (Rob), Jean Kosch (Doug), Julie Kosch (Norb), Jenny Maloney, Tom Sheridan, Sam Rusenovich (Ewa), and Jim Rusenovich (Laura).

Also great grandfather to Tyler, Mariah, Jesse, Brandon, Dylan, P.J., Kaylee, K.J., Anthony, Emily, Lexus, Christopher, Taylor, Ethan, Leah, Sadie, Claire, Haylee, Douglas, Jasmin, Kamryn, Kelleen, Mike, Vinny, Max, and Lucas.

Also great, great grandfather to Averie, Kobe, Mercedes, Dominic, Karson, and Oaklynn.

And uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Per Walter’s wishes, cremation rites have been accorded and he will be laid to rest at Good Shepherd Catholic Cemetery in Orland Park with his wife, Merryon.

Family and friends are encouraged to sign the online guest book, upload photographs, and share Walter’s memorial page by logging onto:

Cremation services and memorial arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. In Morris (815) 942-2500.

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