Raymond Vallowe

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Raymond C. Vallowe, 88, of Belleville, IL, born October 20, 1930 (10/20/30), in East St. Louis, IL, died Thursday, March 28, 2019, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Mr. Vallowe retired after 30 years as a fabricator from Wagner Electric Company.  He worked at Scott Air Force Base for 13 years as a civilian employee.  Raymond was a founding parishioner of St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church in Belleville, IL.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Elaine Rose, nee Postelanczyk, whom he married on Oct. 25, 1952, and who died on December 22, 2010; a daughter, Susan Marie Vallowe, who died on December 6, 1956; and his mother, Agnes C. Vallowe.

Surviving are four children, David (Susan) Vallowe of VA, Joseph (Margaret) Vallowe of OH, Daniel Vallowe (Dana Bryant) of AZ, and Mary Rose Vallowe of O’Fallon, IL;
six grandchildren;
six great-grandchildren;
and a special cousin.

Mr. Vallowe served in the United States Army from 1947 to 1952, seeing occupation duty in Japan and combat in the Korean War.  He served in the First Cavalry Division in Japan and then was a corporal and radio operator in the 57th Field Artillery Battalion, Headquarters Battery, 7th Infantry Division.  He was awarded the Purple Heart for shrapnel and missile wounds and suffered severe frostbite to his hands and feet that affected him the rest of his life, at the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir in northern Korea in November and December of 1950.  Mr. Vallowe subsequently wrote about his experiences and analyzed the battle in What History Failed to Record:  A Phantom Force—Lost to History, available on The Korean War Educator website at www.koreanwar.org/html/bookstore_book.html?bookstore_id=344 .

His work led to being interviewed for and appearing in the PBS American Experience Documentary The Battle of Chosin, which aired in November 2016.  In May 2017, Mr. Vallowe also received from the Korean Ambassador to the United States the Ambassador for Peace medal on behalf of a grateful Republic of South Korea.  As a result of his research, Mr. Vallowe has provided new and previously unavailable information to comrades in arms and their survivors about this critical battle in America’s ”Forgotten War.”  He lived long enough to see Cpl. W. Eldon Ervin, who died alongside him in the battle, returned home for burial in Oklahoma more than 60 years after the Frozen Chosin, and was able to attend and eulogize his best friend.

In lieu of other gifts, memorials may be made to the Memorial Hospital Foundation or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 31, 2019, at George Renner and Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral procession will leave at 9:40 a.m. Monday, April 1, 2019, from George Renner and Sons Funeral Home for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. William McGhee officiating.

Burial with military honors will be at Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


11 Comments on Raymond Vallowe

Bob Brooks said : Guest Report Mar 31, 2019 at 4:39 PM

Ray was both Mentor and Friend. We attended the Army Chapter of the Chosin Few Reunion in 2017 together. He is deeply missed, and I am grateful the opportunity to know and work with him. I am missing his phone calls already. Our prayers go out to the family in this difficult time. God speed my friend.

  • Louisville
  • Kentucky
Cindy Roth said : Guest Report Mar 31, 2019 at 1:47 PM

Dear Joe and Vallowe Family, please, accept my sympathy in the passing of your dear one. May your memories of him bring you peace.

  • Kanab
  • Utah
Karen Crawford said : Guest Report Mar 31, 2019 at 1:11 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with the daily at this time. You have my sincere sympathy.

  • Ferguson
  • Missouri
Roger Vallowe said : Guest Report Mar 30, 2019 at 10:34 PM

I only met Raymond one time...but I liked him very much...my paternal grandfather was Frank Vallow

  • Dupo
  • Illinois
T Taggart said : Guest Report Mar 30, 2019 at 5:17 PM

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.

  • Berea
  • Ohio
Chris Vallowe said : Guest Report Mar 30, 2019 at 4:35 AM

My sincerest condolences on your loss.

  • Denver
  • CO
George Opfer said : Guest Report Mar 29, 2019 at 2:50 PM

My condolence on the passing of your father, he was a true American hero.

  • Herndon
  • Va
Sandy Pearse said : Guest Report Mar 29, 2019 at 3:12 AM

So glad Ray and I have always been friends and family, very proud to say he was one of our sweetest family members. We will miss him.

  • Caseyville
  • IL
Kaleigh Mess said : Guest Report Mar 29, 2019 at 12:53 AM

I love you all! I wish more than anything that I could be there to hug each and everyone. I miss my great-grandpa already. He truly is the happiest, most genuine person that I’ve ever encountered. If only I could hear that voice of his one last time... my prayers will continue for the family. Again, I love you.

  • Fredericksburg
  • Virginia
Joan Guzzo said : Guest Report Mar 29, 2019 at 12:22 AM

My heart is with you all. Love, Aunt Joan

  • Green Cove Springs
  • Florida
Paul Brown, Dr. Janise Denton said : Guest Report Mar 28, 2019 at 9:23 PM

Congratulations & thank you to Raymond for going to Oklahoma more than 60 years after the Frozen Chosin to attend the funeral and eulogize his best friend. Sincerely.

  • Quincy
  • Illinois

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