Walter Wesley Guyer

December 1, 1919 - February 21, 2015
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Walter Wesley Guyer, 95 years old, went to be with his Lord and Savior on 21 February, 2015 after a prolonged illness.

He was born and raised on the family farm, December 1, 1919 in Capron, Illinois. After graduation from Poplar Grove high school he attended Wessington Springs Junior College of Wessington Springs, South Dakota. He went on to graduate from Seattle Pacific University (B.A.),  Asbury Theological Seminary (B.Div.), and  Northern Illinois University (M.A Guidance and Counseling).

During his pastoral career Walter served as pastor of Free Methodist churches in St. Charles and Wyoming, Illinois. He then moved on to Wessington Springs Junior College for 12 years, first as as a professor and later as executive vice president.

After leaving South Dakota he returned to Illinois as Counselor and assistant principal of the Illinois Boys School of St. Charles, Illinois. He also taught at Naperville High School where he started a program for special needs students. In addition to each of his various professional appointments, Walter remained an active farmer, managing the family homestead .

Upon retirement he spent his summers at the Guyer family farm on Russellville Road in Capron and winters at the Light and Life Free Methodist Park in Lakeland, Florida.

But Walt Guyer, above all else, was a farmer. He loved his farm, his family, and his Lord. His years of struggle to achieve gave him great interest and empathy for those with difficult circumstances. Throughout his adult life, he connected with people by listening, advising, and encouraging. His concern for a person’s relationship with Christ prompted him to pray for and encourage one to embrace the faith he consistently practiced. He made it a point in his latter years to pray with visiting friends and family members before leaving his home. He wanted to make his “life count for Jesus,”and influence people to live a Godly life. His legacy will live on through the generations.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Claude and Ollie  (Hermanson) Guyer, his brothers, Albert Guyer, Mansel Guyer and Clifford Guyer , Evelyn (Rogers) Guyer, his wife of 60 years.

Surviving are his wife Elizabeth (Fenison), sons Albert Guyer of Capron, Illinois, Wesley Guyer (Chris), Fall City, Washington, Dorothy Terhune (David) Watervliet, Michigan,  nine  grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, seven step children and thirteen step grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at 9:30 A.M. Saturday, February 28, 2015 at  the Poplar Grove United Methodist Church, 105 E. Grove Street, Poplar Grove, Illinois, with the funeral service to follow at 11:00. In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to Shakespeare Garden Society, PO Box 44, Wessington Springs, South Dakota 57382. To share a memory, please visit

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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Saturday, February 28, 2015

Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Poplar Grove United Methodist Church


105 E. Grove Street, Poplar Grove, IL, 61065

Visitation will be held 9:30 AM till 11:00 AM at Poplar Grove United Methodist Church

Service Information

Date: Saturday, February 28, 2015

Time: 11:00 am -

Poplar Grove United Methodist Church


105 E. Grove Street, Poplar Grove, IL, 61065

Funeral Service 11:00 Am Saturday February, 28 at Poplar Grove Untied Methodist Church

Memorial Information

In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to Shakespeare Garden Society, PO Box 44, Wessington Springs, South Dakota 57382.


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Born: December 1, 1919
Died: February 21, 2015

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Richard B. Babcock posted on 2/27/15

I purchased my very first car from Walter, a Chrysler Newport. He was a good neighbor to our family. Sorry for your loss.


Barbara Potter Gennardo posted on 2/27/15

Walt always kept in contact with me through the years after being his student at Wessington Springs High School. He always had encouraging words to say. I will miss those phone calls Walt! Harold and Darlene Potter are waiting to greet you in Heaven...What a celebration for everyone who has gone on before you! This is truly a comfort for those of us left behind...there will be a homecoming!