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Henry C. DeWall

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 7:56 p.m. CDT

Henry C. “Hank” DeWall, 95, Forreston, died Friday, Feb. 22, 2013  at the Kahl Home, Davenport, Iowa. 

Hank was born on Dec. 8, 1917 to Alfred and Margaret (Kruse) DeWall in Forreston.

He married Helen E. Thomas on May 1, 1946 in Mt. Morris at the Church of Brethren parsonage by Rev.Foster Statler. 

During World War II Hank served approximately five years in the U.S. Army where he was a staff sergeant with the 86th Illinois Infantry Division. 

He saw combat in Europe where he received the Bronze Star Medal during the Battle of the Bulge. 

He also was stationed in the Philippines at the end of the war. 

Hank was co-owner and operator of the Forreston Grain and Feed Mill with his brother, Onne, for approximately 25 years. 

He was also employed at Furst McNess, Freeport. 

Hank was a lifetime member of the Forreston Reformed Church where he served many years as an elder and Sunday School teacher.

He helped organize the Boy Scout Troop in Forreston and served on the Boy Scout Committee.

He also was charter member of the Forreston Fire Department where he was active for 18 years, a member of the American Legion, the Mt. Morris Moose Lodge and served as a trustee on the Forreston Township Board.

Hank is survived by his wife, Helen; children, Dorinda (Michael) Breakwell and Dr. Bradley (Kimberlee) DeWall; grandchildren, Megan (Brandon) Smith, Brittany Breakwell, Katherine DeWall, Kristina (Jeffrey) Romans, Anna DeWall, and Zachary (Jennifer) DeWall; great-grandchildren, Sophia and Gabriel Romans and John Henry DeWall; sister-in-law, Eileen DeWall; and several nieces and nephews. Hank was predeceased by parents; sister, Martha; and brothers, Onne, Joe, and Minert. 

Funeral services will be Thursday, Feb. 28 at 10:30 a.m. at Forreston Reformed Church, Forreston, with Pastor Tim Fry and Pastor Jim Stralow officiating.

Visitation was scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home, Forreston.  

Burial will be in White Oak Cemetery, Forreston.

A memorial has been established. Sign the online guestbook at www.burketubbs.com.

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