William Carlyle Walton, 91, Durand, Illinois and formerly of Freeport, Illinois, died 1:24 a.m., Saturday, September 19, 2009 in Medina Manor Nursing Center in Durand, Illinois. \r\r\n\r\r\n Born June 26, 1918 the son of Lloyd and Edna (Fisher) Walton in a sod house on his family's homestead near Isabel, South Dakota. He graduated from Freeport High School and married Lucille Marie Putnam in Freeport, Illinois on September 1, 1940. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1944 - 1946 and fought in many battles, including Sugarloaf Hill, Okinawa, where he was wounded and received the Purple Heart. After his service, he started work at Koym Electric Supply in Freeport, Illinois and was a partner there for many years, retiring in 1980. He and Lucille moved to Kaneohe, Hawaii, where he lived 22 1/2 years and took great pleasure raising hundreds of orchids, caring for his many plants and feeding the birds who visited each afternoon. After Lucille's death, he was married to Cathryn Haines Walton for several years. Carlyle was a great story teller and loved talking about his life as a boy, including his canoe trip from Freeport to New Orleans with a buddy at the age of 20. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu, Hawaii and Durand United Methodist Church in Durand, Illinois. He also belonged to the Masons, White Shrine, AmVets and the Windward Orchid Society in Kaneohe, Hawaii. \r\r\n\r\r\n Carlyle is lovingly survived by his children, Janet (Philip) Meyers, Durand, Illinois and Dennis (Jane Dunkin) Walton, Seattle, Washington; five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Irma Seidel, brother Earl Walton, wives Lucille and Cathryn, one daughter Nancy Jeanne, one granddaughter and two great grandsons. \r\r\n\r\r\n Celebration of Life services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, September 26, 2009 at Durand United Methodist Church, 102 East Main Street, Durand, Illinois with Pastor Henry Whang officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded. McCorkle Funeral Home 101 Main Street, Durand, Illinois assisted the family. Visitation will be held at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of service Saturday. \r\r\n\r\r\n In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Durand United Methodist Church.