Walter M. McCostlin

March 13, 1935March 29, 2019

Walter M. McCostlin, 84 of Fox River Grove was born March 13, 1935 in Scottsboro, AL to Melvin and Stella (nee Swaim) McCostlin and passed away March 29, 2019. Walter was a retired Brigadier General serving his country in the United States Army for over 36 years. He was awarded the Purple Heart after being wounded during the Korean War while a member of the 65th Infantry Regiment in a unit called “The Borinqueneers”. The Congressional Gold Medal was awarded to all members of “The Borinqueneers” in 2016. Assignments during his career included The 133rd Signal Battalion, The 33rd Military Police Battalion, Provost Marshall – 33rd Infantry Brigade, Provost Marshall – 86th Army Reserve Command, Operations Plans Officer – Ft. Sheridan, IL, Provost Marshall – Ft. Devens, Massachusetts, Liaison Officer – 4th Army, Ft. Sheridan, IL, and Battalion Commander, 327th Military Police Battalion. Walter was also a lifetime member of The American Legion and the Woodstock, Illinois VFW Post 5040. He is survived by his loving partner, Maggie, his sons Michael (Sue) McCostlin, Mark (Karen) McCostlin and Matthew (Louise) McCostlin; grandchildren Dan, Ryan, Adam, Amber, Kylie, Julie Bauman and Jacklyn Mancuso; eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Walter leaves behind many loving and dear friends including the Hanus and Bueno families. Also, a special thank-you to his nephew Tim and his wife Jeanne for their never ending love and support. Walter was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Travis and Autry. Visitation will be Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 9:00 AM until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 AM at Lauterburg & Oehler Funeral Home, 2000 E. Northwest Highway, Arlington Heights. Interment with full military honors will follow at 2:00 PM at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL.


  • Visitation Thursday, April 4, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, April 4, 2019
  • Committal Service Thursday, April 4, 2019

Walter M. McCostlin

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Leanne Reecher

April 3, 2019

I have always had a soft spot in my heart for Uncle Wally. He treated me well at a time when it meant a lot.

As a teenager, I lived with my Aunt, Uncle, cousins, Grandma and Grandpa McCostlin the year Matthew was born. It was a full house filled with loving people. I remember that time fondly and am thankful to have spent the time with him getting to know him on a deeper level that most nieces have the opportunity to do.

God bless you. You had a wonderful life of achievements that as a part of the family, I am very proud of.

Matthew McCostlin

April 2, 2019

Michael McCostlin

April 2, 2019

You can finally rest in peace my father. Only God will be looking over you now.
Michael and Sue McCostlin
Granddaughter Rachel and great-grandson Liam

Stephen Stunkel

April 1, 2019

This man helped me grow up knowing what was right in life. He set the example by leading by the example ‘ always willing to help !

Rest In Peace Walter ‘

Amber McCostlin

April 1, 2019

Kylie and I love you to the moon and back, Gramps. We are so proud to be able to say we’re your granddaughters. We will forever cherish the memories we made with you over the years, especially over the last several months. You brought so much joy, love, and security to the world and I could never thank you enough for what you’ve done for so many people, Kylie and I included. We miss you already.

Norman Deets

April 1, 2019

Goodbye Uncle Wally.
Memories that will last
A lifetime and memories that should be forgotten.

Lake Finkle, Mr. Pump and Sargent Pop.

Glad I still have my cousins Mike, Mark and Matthew. You guys mean everything to me.

Rest In Peace and thank you for your service to our country.

Down on the Farm

Matthew McCostlin

April 1, 2019

Missing you father!!! Thanks for teaching me a trade I'll never forget, and loving my family
Love From Indy.