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“Connie, I so sorry to read about Richard death in the paper. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! ”
1 of 11 | Posted by: Terry & Karen O'Malley - Sterling, IL

“Just heard of the passing of Richard. Richard was great at all he did for our community. All his workings with the Veterans and past Veterans Day...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Bradley Popejoy - Sterling, IL, IL

“Heaven welcomes Richard Willhite, and we were glad to know him. Such a pleasant man and wife Connie. We will meet again someday in that place called...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Don and Sheryl Noble - Rock Falls, IL

“Our sympathy to the family ”
4 of 11 | Posted by: Gary & Beth Cook

“Ed and I are so sorry to hear of Richard's passing. We have been friends since high school and were so thankful for his wonderful contribution at...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Ed and Cheryl Rein - Palm Coast, FL

“Having fond childhood memories of Richard as a neighborhood friend and school classmate, and seeing him at reunions in later years, I'm very sorry to...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Robin Holcomb - Bellingham, WA

“Uncle Rich you will be so greatly missed. I have so many wonderful memories of camping at the KOA. All the fun trips swimming, and being on the river...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Tami Paseur - Estill Springs, TN

“I am so sorry we have lost a great man. My dearest and deepest sympathies to your family and to you Commander I salute you. United States Army...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Margaret Newman

“Connie, Im so sorry to hear about Rich.. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family during this difficult time.. ”
9 of 11 | Posted by: Brenda Birdsall - N. Dinwiddie, VA

“Dear Connie and family, my deepest sympathy for Rich´s passing. Love to all, cousin Linda Case. Xxoo ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Linda Case - Family

“Lots of memories growing up with Rich.Prayers to Connie and family, may many good memories ease your loss.Rest in Peace cuz!Gene & Vickie ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: Gene Insley - CA


Rock Falls – Richard L. Willhite, 78 died Monday September 27, 2021 at Rock River Hospice & Home in Sterling.

He was born on July 30, 1943 in Sterling the son of Donald C. and Helen L. (Insley) Willhite. He served in the US Navy from 1961-1964. He married Connie L. Reed on June 26, 1965 in Rock Falls. Richard was employed at the former RB&W and later Reliant Fastener for 38 years. He was a member of the 1st Christian Church in Sterling; a member of the Rock Falls American Legion Post 902 having served as past Commander and had served for 28 years as Post Chaplain, District Chaplain and Division Chaplain. Richard was active and in involved with the Boy Scouts of America for over 55 years. He also was a member of the former Odd Fellows Lodge having served as a Past Grand.

Survivors include his wife, Connie; two sons: John (Debbie) Willhite of Lyndon and Donald Willhite of Rock Falls; his sister Donna Willhite of Sterling; his grandchildren: Meagon Willhite, Ryan Willhite, Michael Willhite, Eliza-Lynn McNinch and Kalina Willhite.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother Frank.

Visitation will be Friday October 1, 2021 from 5-7 PM at the McDonald Funeral Home, Rock Falls. The funeral will follow on Saturday at 10 AM at the funeral home, with the Reverend Zach Mapes officiating. Burial will conclude with military honors at Oak Knoll Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to the 1st Christian Church or to the Rock Falls American Legion Post 902 Honor Guard.