Richard Walta

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Richard M. “Rick” Walta, 61, of Belleville, IL, born July 24, 1956, in Belleville, IL, died Thursday, March 29, 2018, at his residence in Belleville, IL.

Rick was a graduate of Belleville East High School and Southwestern Illinois College.  He was a sales manager at Belleville Honda for over 20 years and was currently employed at Westhaven School District 118.  Rick loved floating in his pool, watching The Three Stooges, and fishing. The kid in him was always revealed on family trips, when posing with characters, and never being able to follow a mapped-out route. He was a very proud father and grandfather.

Rick was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Audrey, nee Wiemer, Walta; and a sister-in-law, Karen Walta.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Elaine, nee Lodes, Walta;
a son, Eric (Karen) Walta;
a daughter, Jennifer (Zach) VanBibber;
two brothers, Robert C. Walta and Ronald (Dana) Walta;
a sister, Ann (Nick) Thomas;
a nephew, Daniel Thomas;
three grandchildren, Brayden Walta, Brody Walta, and Ava VanBibber;
three brothers-in-law, Thomas (Robin) Lodes, Dennis (Barb) Lodes and Gary (Margo) Lodes;
two sisters-in-law, Kathy Kolezar and Lisa Robateau;
and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Rick’s life will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 2, 2018, at Cutter’s Restaurant, 239 Carlyle Avenue, Belleville, IL.



4 Comments on Richard Walta

Neil Van Asch said : Guest Report Apr 08, 2018 at 8:10 PM

My sympathies go out to your whole family. I only knew Rick from my work at Westhaven with Belleville Parks & Rec but he was always good natured and always accommodating.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Harry Sterling said : Guest Report Apr 03, 2018 at 12:38 AM

So so sorry to read about Richard. If he is like the other Walta clan he must have been very special. My condolences.

  • Ofallon
  • Il
Nancy Lester said : Guest Report Apr 02, 2018 at 1:35 PM

Eric, my deepest condolences for you, and your family. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. I truly hope all the good memories you all have, will give you comfort, and hopefully, some laughs, now, and in the days to come.

  • St. Charles
  • Missouri
Mary Ellen said : Guest Report Mar 31, 2018 at 12:40 PM

Elaine I am so sorry to hear about Rick. I think of you so often and remember all the good times we’ve shared. God has a new angel watching over you. God bless.

  • New Athens
  • Il

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