Richard Allen Tholin, 62, of Kewanee, passed away at 6:25 AM, Friday, October 18, 2013 at his home.Cremation has been accorded and a memorial service will be held at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, October 22 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Jerry Rafalko will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Inurnment will be in Pleasant View Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Memorials may be directed to the Disabled American Veterans.
He was born January 11, 1951 in Hanan, Germany, the son of Russell and Ruth (Kroker) Tholin. He married Twyla Kay Kuster on July 2, 1988 in Kewanee. She survives, as do his three daughters, Amanda Jane Chong and Peggy Ann Tallent, both of Kewanee and Tracy Lyn Tholin of Galesburg, three brothers, David Tholin of Alton, IL, Edward Tholin of Decatur, TN and Kevin Tholin of South Bend, IN, five grandchildren, Rachael, Alyssa, Alexandrea, Randi Jo and Ciara and six great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Richard was a certified welder and had worked as a welder at Pines Great Dane Trailers in Kewanee. He served his country in the US Army during the Vietnam War from 1968-74, achieving the rank of E-2. He was assigned to the Service Battery 1st Battalion of the 78th Artillery 2nd Armed Division. During his military career he was a marksman and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post #8078 where he had served 2 terms as Commander. In his earlier years he had coached Pony League softball. He enjoyed fishing and was an avid gardener with a “green thumb,” and an avid Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears fan. He also had traveled extensively to Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Ancient ruins of Tulum, Island of Cozumel, Huatulca, Cabo San Lucas, Baja and was one of two divers to dive off of the cliffs into the Sea of Cortez. His favorite trip was to Montego Bay, Jamaica.