Walter Albert Scantlan of Harrisburg, Illinois was born to the union of George Albert and Nina Mae (Kitchen) Scantlan on July 31, 1931 in Earlsboro, Oklahoma and left from this life suddenly on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at Herrin Memorial Hospital in Herrin, Illinois at the age of 79. Walter was united in marriage to Elva Ruth Lane on May 29, 1954 in Equality, Illinois and to this union three children were born Connie Lea, Daniel A. and Carla Jean. Walter and Elva enjoyed 57 years of marriage together. Walter graduated from Cuba High School in Cuba, Missouri and entered the United States Air Force on September 11, 1951 to serve in the Korean Conflict. He left the military on September 10, 1955 in Del Rio, Texas as a Staff Sergeant. Walter worked for McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis as an Assistant Foreman until he retired in 1984. They moved to Harrisburg, Illinois in 1994. Walter was a member of Berkeley Masonic Lodge #667 A.F. & A.M. He also served as a Deacon of several churches, Grandview Baptist Church in Ferguson, Missouri and Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Mitchellville, Illinois. Walter is preceded in death by his parents George and Nina (Kitchen) Scantlan; father-in-law and mother-in-law Dan and Ada Lane; sister and her husband Barbara Scantlan Hana and Lee Hana; brother-in-law Ervan A. Lane; sister-in-law Lois Burklow. Those who are left to treasure his memory and to continue his legacy are his wife of 57 years Elva Ruth Scantlan of Harrisburg, Illinois; three children Connie Lea Scantlan Smith and husband Michael Smith of Harrisburg, Illinois, Daniel A. Scantlan and wife Lori of St. Charles, Missouri, Carla Jean Scantlan Palazzolo and husband Michael of Champaign, Illinois; seven grandchildren Amber Smith, Amy Costello, Jessica Allen, Joseph, Andrea and Michael "Mic" Palazzolo, Wendy McClusky; six great-grandsons, and six great-granddaughters; four brothers Clyde and wife Ellen Scantlan of Sullivan, Missouri, Donald and wife Paulette Scantlan of Lake City, Florida, George William and wife Betty Scantlan of Sullivan, Missouri, Jerry and wife Bonnie "Sue" Scantlan of Sullivan, Missouri; brothers-in-law Erman and wife Patricia Lane of Junction, Illinois, Elvis James and wife Carolyn Lane of Columbia, Illinois, Wilford Burklow of Greenwood, Arkansas; sister-in-law Ruth Lane of Chesterton, Indiana; nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and many friends. Graveside service with Military Honors will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2011 11:30 a.m. at Lick Creek Cemetery, Cuba, Missouri with Pastor Mike Smith and George Scantlan, officiating. If desired, memorials would be appreciated to The Gideons International P.O. Box 140800 Nashville, TN 37214-0800 in Walter's memory. Online condolences may be shared @ www.mizellfh.com The Mizell Funeral Home of Cuba is Honored to be serving the Scantlan family.
Saturday, June 18th, 2011 11:30am, Lick Creek Cemetery
Lick Creek Cemetery