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Walter Ade

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[May 19, 2011]  SPRINGFIELD -- Walter Ade, 79, of Springfield, died Sunday, May 15, 2011, at 8:32 p.m. at Memorial Medical Center.

Visitation will be 3-5 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at Staab Funeral Home, 1109 S. Fifth St. in Springfield, where a final salute will be offered at 3 p.m. by the Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 27.

He will lie in state from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday at South Side Christian Church, 2600 S. MacArthur in Springfield. His funeral service will follow at 10:30 a.m. at the church.

Burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery, where the Illinois National Guard and Sangamon County Interveterans Burial Detail will conduct military honors.

He was born Oct. 3, 1931, in Bruchsal, Germany. His parents were Earnst and Frieda Rennwald Ade. He married Eunice Migon Holt on Dec. 9, 1951, after meeting her in the viola section of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. She preceded him in death on Feb. 4, 2002.

He is survived by two daughters, Mary (and David) Stanley of Brownwood, Texas, and Gloria (and Benton B.) Ade-Read of Lincoln; three grandchildren, Harlan M. (and Luciana) Stanley, Peter A. Stanley and Amanda A. (and Toma Dimov) Dimova; and five great-grandchildren, Warren, Avalon, Sakiusa, Violeta and Milena.

He was also preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

He was a member of South Side Christian Church, Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 27, Mercedes Club, Iron Riders, German Club, Smart Car Club, Railsplitter Wanderers, National Rifle Association, served as captain of the Illinois National Guard rifle team, was active with the Prairie State Games and served on the board of directors for the Korean War National Museum.

After his marriage he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in Korea. While there his unit, the 5th Regimental Combat Team, started an orphanage, the Sam Dong Boys Town in Seoul, South Korea, which he visited several times. He retired from the Illinois National Guard as a lieutenant colonel.

The family requests memorial contributions to the Illinois Symphony Orchestra or Korean War National Museum.

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