Walter J. Marnell

MORRIS—Walter J. Marnell, 95, of Morris, formally of Burbank, IL, passed away on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022 at Lightways Hospice in Joliet. Walter enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard on Dec. 3, 1942 as an apprentice seamen. He was assigned to the USCG Cutter Modoc during World War II. He was honorably discharged on March 25, 1946 as Seaman 1st Class, earning the American Theater of War/Victory Medal and European Theater of War/Victory Medal. He is survived by his children, James (Dee) Marnell, Sherry (Ben) Toman, Donna (Ted) Decker, Merrilly (Ken) Maloney, Karen (Tom) Sheridan, and Chris (Sam) Rusenovich; grandchildren: Michael Marnell (Michelle), Brian Marnell (Kari), Carrie Piszro (Joe), Kevin Toman (Stacy), Debbie Pagoria (Mike), Lynn Terrell (Reese), Keith Decker, Steven Marnell, Laura Moll, John Marnell (Stacy), Melissa Hefner (Rob), Jean Kosch (Doug), Julie Kosch (Norb), Jenny Maloney, Tom Sheridan, Sam Rusenovich (Ewa) and Jim Rusenovich (Laura); great-grandchildren: Tyler, Mariah, Jesse, Brandon, Dylan, P.J., Kaylee, K.J., Anthony, Emily, Lexus, Christopher, Taylor, Ethan, Leah, Sadie, Claire, Haylee, Douglas, Jasmin, Kamryn, Kelleen, Mike, Vinny, Max, and Lucas and great-great-grandchildren: Averie, Kobe, Mercedes, Dominic, Karson, and Oaklynn and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 76 years, Merryon, on Jan. 14, 2022; his mother, Josephine Marnell; son, John Marnell (Becky) and grandson, Tony Sheridan. Per Walter’s wishes, cremation rites have been accorded and he will be laid to rest at Good Shepherd Catholic Cemetery in Orland Park with his wife, Merryon. Family and friends are encouraged to sign the online guest book, upload photographs, and share Walter’s memorial page online through social media. Cremation services and memorial arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. In Morris.