The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Obituaries

August 29, 2013

Edward Earl Walter

DANVILLE — Edward Earl Walter, 87, of Danville, stepped into glory Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at the Hawthorne Inn. He was surrounded by his loving wife and family.

He was born May 6, 1926, to Cecil and Faye Walter in Danville. He married Freda Brown on June, 1 1947, at First Christian Church in Bismarck.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years; children, Diana Raymond (Marvin) of St. Louis, Michael (Twyla) of Columbia, Tenn., Steven (Anita) of Danville; grandchildren, Sara Darwin (Walden) of Mission, British Columbia, Canada, Shauna (Matt) Clodfelter of Parkersburg, Jonathon (Kim) Raymond of Chicago, Garret (Becky) Walter of Columbia, Tenn., David (Danielle) Raymond of Franklin, Tenn., Chelsea (Jason) Sealy of Columbia, Tenn., Jacob and Joel Walter of Bloomington; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers George (Virginia) Walter of Rossville and Walter (Ruth) Duncan of Covington; and many dear nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother William “Bill” Walter (Betty — also deceased); Opal (Jake) and Clara Jackson, a beloved aunt and uncle who helped raise him; and great-granddaughter Mary Genevieve Raymond.

Ed graduated May 17, 1944, from Bismarck High School and entered the Navy on May 27, 1944. He received further training at Iowa State University and an Honorable Discharge on June 6, 1946. He then worked as an electrician for 41 years at GM Central Foundry where he was well-liked and respected. His skill was often offered freely to help many neighbors, friends and family.

He taught fifth-grade boys Sunday school and enjoyed serving as a high school youth sponsor for five years where he also attended Christ in Youth conferences with many teens whom he still considered his “kids.” The Walter home was often a haven for many of them.

It was his joy to serve for 33 years as a founding member of the Steering Committee for Pleasant Meadows Christian Village where he was also a volunteer. Serving nine years on the Board of Christian Homes in Lincoln was an honor. He served at Second Church of Christ as a deacon, treasurer, trustee and elder, receiving the honor of Elder Emeritus. It was his great joy to serve his Lord and Savior. He loved his church family and was often instrumental as a part of the visitation team helping to welcome new people.

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