Walter Gray Vick Jr.

September 1, 1924July 8, 2013

Walter Gray Vick Jr., 88, passed away at Memorial Medical Center on Monday, July 8, 2013. He was a resident of Heritage Health in Springfield Illinois.

Walter was born on September 1, 1924 in Centralia, IL., the son of Walter Gray and Poet Curd Vick. He married Phyllis Fortney and she preceded him in death, as well as 3 sisters and a step-son. He married Betty DeGroot on December 29, 1989 and she survives. He was a member of Parkway Church of Christ and a past Elder at Clearlake Church of Christ. He was veteran of World War II and served in the United States Army during the Campaign in N. Africa, D-Day invasion and the Battle of the Bulge. Mr. Vick was a long-time employee of the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad.

He is survived by his three sons and families: Dale and Carol Vick of Indianapolis, IN., Ron and Angie Vick of Rome, GA., and David and Brenda Vick of Watauga, TX., two step-daughters: Julie DeGroot and Becky Gregory, and one stepson Randy DeGroot all of Springfield, two sisters: Maxine Beaver of Centralia IL and Libby Davis of Canton OH; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 6:00pm on Friday July 12, 2013 at Parkway Church of Christ, 1350 North Bruns Lane, and the family will meet friends from 3:00pm until the time of service Friday at church. A graveside service will be held at 10:00am on Saturday July 13 at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Centralia, IL. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Parkway Church of Christ on Bruns Lane or the Alzheimer’s Association and please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at


  • Visitation Friday, July 12, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, July 12, 2013
  • Graveside Service Saturday, July 13, 2013

Walter Gray Vick Jr.

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Loraine DeGroot

July 11, 2013

So sorry to hear of Walter's passing, he was a great person loved family and friends.He will be missed by many. I remember going over after we lost John and Walter telling me how he remembered seeing John on the roof doing the gutters. Walter is now home to a glorious place free of all illness and pain. Now is the time for family if there is anything I can do please let me know. R.I.P Walter

July 11, 2013

Thank you for your military service and God bless your family as it grieves. Rest in peace my friend.

Rebecca Jurgens

July 11, 2013

You will always be remembered by me know matter what, you were a loving and caring grandpa to me. You will always be in my mind forever and always. Hope to see you soon fair well for now never good bye so see you soon love you and always will be in my heart.

Rose Fisher

July 11, 2013

So sorry for your loss!

July 10, 2013

Betty, Whenever I think of Walter, I remember the trips that he, Joe & Leonard took to Canada fishing. I also remember the good times we had as couples meeting in Florida to visit Leonard & Frances, playing trivia on week-ends and eating out. Remember the first time Walter brought you to our house and we got you confused because the wives did not sit by their husbands and you couldn't remember who belonged to who? I consider myself blessed to have had you both as close friends. You, Julie & Becky have my sympathy and love, also, my sympathy and love to Dale, Ron & David and their families.

Mary Miller