LINCOLN – The Rev. Wallace "Wally" William Reifsteck, 80, of Lincoln passed away at 6 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 9, 2015) at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
Wally was born Jan. 10, 1935, in Champaign, the son of Fred Ludwig and Hulda Marie Gerth Reifsteck. He married Tonita Mae Douglas on Dec. 18, 1955, at St. Peter's Evangelical and Reformed Church in Champaign. She survives in Lincoln.
Wally is also survived by his children, Douglas Paul (Carolyn) Reifsteck of Sycamore, Elaine Marie (Steve) Reifsteck Aue of Lincoln, David Wallace (Carol) Reifsteck of Herscher and Bret William (Laurie) Reifsteck of Yorkville; his sister, Grace (Walt) Kepner of Caldwell, Idaho; and his eight grandchildren, Rachel and Kayleigh Reifsteck, Kristan and Nathan Aue, Samuel and Reilly Reifsteck, Brendon and Joshua Reifsteck; and many other nieces and nephews and friends around the world.
Wally was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Lucinda Kay Reifsteck; two brothers, Louis "Doc" Reifsteck and Fred Reifsteck Jr.; and his sister, Catherine Fiedler.
Wally served UCC pastorates at Zion UCC (Gilman, 1960-1964); St. Peter's (Grant Park 1964-1969); St. John UCC (Lincoln 1969-1982); St. John (Freeport 1982-1992); retiring after service at First Congregational UCC (Decatur 1992-2000); returning as a member of St. John United Church of Christ of Lincoln. He was a Director of Church Camp; President of IL Conference 1977-1978; and representative to four national conventions of United Church of Christ; Moderator of Association and visitor of clergy for the UCC Pension Board.
Wallace was Courier Citizen of Year in Lincoln for 1977; Member of Lions Clubs in Gilman and Grant Park and Rotary in Lincoln, Freeport, Grant Park and Decatur; and 32nd degree Mason in Valley of Freeport. In Lincoln, he served on the United Way Board, St. Clara's Manor when it was opened (president one year) and Castle Manor Board from its beginning. He served a term of president at the Oasis Senior Center and again during the fire, relocation and dedication of new Oasis. He was co-coordinator of a Meals On Wheels route, a member of the Illinois Conference of United Church of Christ and the Eastern Association, UCC.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, at St. John United Church of Christ in Lincoln with the Rev. Kenneth Kramer, the Rev. Jean Pennell, the Rev. Tom Norwalk and the Rev. John Roemer officiating. Visitation will be from 2:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the church. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at East Lawn Cemetery in Urbana.
Memorial donations may be made in Wally's name to Oasis Senior Center, St. John United Church of Christ Scholarship Fund or St. Clara's Manor Building Fund. Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln.