Walter Reilly Obituary (2021) – Lansing, IL

Walter Joseph Reilly Jr.

May 30, 1964 – October 20, 2021

CEDAR LAKE, IN – Walter Reilly, 57 years old, of Cedar Lake IN, formerly of Lansing IL, passed away early Wednesday morning on October 20, 2021. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Jeanette; his three loving children: Connor Reilly, Bobby Bogs, Crystal Carlson and his son-in-law Lars Carlson. He also leaves behind his two grandchildren: Heidi and Axel Carlson and his mother Theresa Reilly. Walter precedes his father Walter Reilly Sr. and his sister Mary in death.

The visitation for Walter will take place on Friday, October 29, 2021, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the SCHROEDER-LAUER FUNERAL HOME, 3227 Ridge Road, Lansing, Illinois. Walter’s funeral will take place on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. in the funeral home under the direction of Deacon Jim Renwick. Walter is buried in Graceland Cemetery in Valparaiso, Indiana.

Walt was born on May 30, 1964 in Chicago IL to Walter Sr. and Theresa Reilly. He was the youngest of two children, his sister Mary was older. Walt grew up in Lansing, where he attended St. Ann Catholic School and graduated from TF South in 1982. Upon graduation, Walt proudly served in the US Navy. After being honorably discharged for a medical problem, he went to work on the tugs in Charlevoix, MI. After a while he returned to Lansing and started working at Ozinga-Concrete, where he worked for the last 35 years and as the sole owner of American Maintenance. In 2000 he met his loving wife Jeanette. They both say it was love at first sight. Walt and Jen were married in 2003 and loved being together. They spent every day together for the past 21 years. Whether it was sealing driveways and parking lots, ventilating or rotating, or just working around his house, he loved being busy. Walt and Jen loved gardening together. They started growing pumpkins a few years ago and together they started a peony farm last year. Walt made friends everywhere. Everyone who met him immediately liked him and he loved talking to people. Walt loved spending time with his family more than anything. He would do anything for his wife, children and grandchildren. He is much regretted.

Published by The Times on October 28, 2021.

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