84-year-old man walking across Illinois for wife’s memorial

CANTON — An 84-year-old Illinois man is walking across the state to help raise money for a memorial park dedicated to his wife.

The (Peoria) Journal Star reports Princeville native Dean Troutman plans to return from his 700-mile trek July 7.

Troutman is building a park in his central Illinois hometown on 5.75 acres of land he bought in 2011 as a memorial for Peggy, his wife.

He says constructing the baseball and soccer fields, trail, picnic pavilions and other facilities at Troutman Park is costing more than he expected.

The senior citizen says he walks no more than 12 miles a day. He is carrying sleeping supplies, an extra pair of walking shoes, clothes and enough food to get him to his next stop.