Walter LeRoy "Pud" Lawyer, 67, of Taylorville, passed away Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 9:04am in Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.  He was born February 22, 1945 in Taylorville, IL. the son of Melvin LeRoy and Helen Virginia (Zaic) Lawyer. He married Helen Irene McKinney on August 1, 1970 in Taylorville.  He was a Heavy Equipment Operator for Springfield Local #965, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, former member of the Early Idlers Street Rod Club of Decatur, Kids R Kids Car Club, A.S.R.A, N.S.R.A. and the 40 MPH Club.

He is survived by his wife, Helen; son, Melvin LeROy (Kara) Lawyer of Taylorville; daughter, Heather Renee (Luke) McLeod of Taylorville; 3 grandchildren; special uncle Robert Zaic of GA. and several cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 4, 2012 at 11:00am at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Father Alan Hunter officiating.  Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville with military honors.  Visitation will be held Thursday, May 3, 2012 from 5-8pm at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville.

Arrangements by Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville.  Sign on-line guest book at

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