Monday, June 25, 2012

Walter Wilner - Mahomet

Walter Wilner

PHOENIX – Walter Dale Wilner, the son of Walter Leonard Wilner and Hazel Carmichael Wilner, was born Sept. 28, 1917, in a farm house west of Fisher. He passed away at 12:45 p.m. June 12, 2012.
He was confirmed in the Osman Methodist Episcopal Church at age 11 and graduated from Mansfield High School, Class of 1936.
On Feb. 12, 1939, he married Margaret Rosalie Campbell and on Feb. 17, 1940, gave birth to a daughter, Judith Ann. She did not survive.
During his younger years, he founded and led the "Feedin and Fightin" 4-H Club in 1942 and was appointed the chairman of the North West Corner of the Champaign County Farm Bureau in 1943.
In 1944, he became a 3rd degree Mason and continued on to join the Bloomington Consistory for his 32nd degree. The couple petitioned the Eastern Star in 1948. He was a Nifty 50 Worthy Patron that year and served seven more times. He petitioned the Shrine in 1959.
A son, Jon Mark, was born on his 35th birthday on Sept. 28, 1952. He survives.
Dale started "Dale's Agency" on Main Street in 1960, first selling life, health and auto insurance, then branching out into real estate and finally a backhoe service.
He was elected Mahomet's first president of the Village Council "Mayor" in 1965 on a write-in ballot of which he had no prior knowledge.
Later interests included being appointed as the director of lay speaking of the Champaign District of the Central Illinois Conference. Out of that group, three ordained ministers, three lay ministers and several lay ministers were raised.
In 1983, he moved to Arizona to be closer to the family: brother, Edwin Lester "Bob" in Phoenix, and a sister, Donna Marie Erdman in Tucson, Ariz.; William "Bill" Dean Wilner resides in Cape Coral, Fla. All survive.
His final years were spent playing music with Phoenix Eastern Star Retirement Center Band, being an active member of the DaySpring United Methodist Church, building birdhouses, and regrettably fighting cancer.
A graveside memorial service will be planned later in September at the Mansfield Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to the Mahomet United Methodist Church or the Mahomet Masonic Lodge.

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