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Walter Joel Egebergh
(05-04-1923 - 04-27-2017)

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Walter Joel Egebergh, 93, longtime resident of Elgin, passed away Thursday, April 27th. Born on May 4, 1923, in Chicago to Walter & Wilma (Menz) Egebergh. Walter had one sister, Dorothy. He attended Foreman High School in Portage Park. In 1943, Walter enlisted in the Army Air Force. He served as a Flight Engineer on B-24 Bombers in Europe, Operation Italy. Walter later served on the local Draft Board for 20 years. Walter married (self-proclaimed, the best thing he ever did), the boss’s daughter, Marion on October 11, 1947 at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Chicago. Together they ran a successful real estate business, Wm. C. Bender & Co. Walter and Marion enjoyed boating, family and friends, spending time in Punta Gorda, FL and at the farm in Roscommon, MI. Walter was a Mason and Shriner for over 50 years. Walter was Major Emeritis of Medinah Arab Patrol and served as Director of Court 48 R.O.J. Walter was a member of Ben Hur Lodge, Eastern Star, Scottish Rite, Dania Society, Chicago Real Estate Board, VFW, Moose Lodge, and was Treasurer of his condo association. He was an avid reader and proud great-grandfather. He is survived by his children Walter J. Egebergh Jr., Ellen (Lou) Israel; four grandchildren, Sarah (Dane) Egebergh, Nathan Egebergh, Adriane (Jason) Schauf, and Ralph (Jennifer) Schauf; great-grandchildren, Olivia, Josie and Maddie. Walter is preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Marion Ruth (Bender), his parents, sister Dorothy, and his son David C. Egebergh. A memorial visitation will be held from 4-8pm on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Laird Funeral Home, 310 S. State St., Elgin. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2211 N. Oak Park Ave. Chicago, 60707 (773) 385-5840. For information 847-741-8800 or www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com 

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