Wayne Melvin Hallstrom


Wayne Melvin Hallstrom, age 83, of rural Knoxville, IL passed away on Tuesday September 20, 2022.

He was born on November 23, 1938, the son of Elmer and Winnie (Van Drunen) Hallstrom. He attended Galesburg High School and graduated in 1957. After graduation, he entered the U.S. Army from December 13, 1961 to November 30, 1967 and achieved the rank of Specialist (E4). He was Honorably discharged on November 30, 1967. He married Mary Jean Murphy on September 1, 1962. They were married for 55 years until she passed away on February 17, 2018. 

Surviving are his son Larry (Kim) Hallstrom of Dunalp, IL; daughter, Pam Hallstrom of Mobile, AL; three grandchildren, Tyler Hallstrom of Dunlap, IL, Kayla Hallstrom of Peoria, IL and Jake Hallstrom of Peoria, IL. Also surviving are his brothers, Richard (Sue) Hallstrom of East Peoria, IL and Rod (Beth) Hallstrom of Biloxi ,MS. 

After serving in the U.S. Army he worked as an insurance salesman for John Hancock insurance and ultimately retired from KCCDD in Galesburg, IL in 2002. He was a Deacon and member of Bethany Baptist Church in Galesburg, IL for over twenty years.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM, on Monday, September 26, 2022 at Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Homes and Crematory, Knoxville. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services 10:00 AM, Monday at the funeral. Burial will follow at the Knoxville Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted at the graveside. Friends and family are invited back to Hurd-Hendricks Fellowship Hall after graveside services for a reception. Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Homes and Crematory, Knoxville are assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials may be donated to Bethany Baptist Church. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com.

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