Walter Walske, 85, of Brownwood, passed away Friday, Aug. 24, 2007, at Hendrick Hospital in Abilene.
Funeral services, under the direction of Davis-Morris Funeral Home, will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 27, at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Brownwood. Interment will follow at Eastlawn Memorial
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at the funeral home.
Walter was born in Buffalo, N. Y., on June 5, 1922, to Matthew Alexander and Elizabeth Ann Walske. He later moved to Chicago, Ill., with his family. He joined the Army National Guard in 1939, in Chicago; and served in the Pacific during World War II. He was sent back to the states and posted at Fort Hood, Texas, in 1944. He was discharged in San Antonio, Texas, in August 1945. He met his wife, Nelda Jean Richter, while being stationed in Fort Hood and traveling back and forth to Lampasas. They were married in Lampasas on Jan. 6, 1945.
Walter joined the Texas Department of Transportation in Lampasas, moved to Brownwood in 1960, and retired in Brownwood in April 1984. Walter was a member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church while in Lampasas, and later became a member of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Brownwood, where he has served on the vestry and was a member of Brotherhood of St. Andrew.
Walter was an active member of the Boy Scouts of America, being a member of the organization from childhood until his passing. He was an Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor member, Scoutmaster, post advisor, Wood Badge recipient, and executive board member in Comanche Trail Council, BSA. He also attended many National Jamborees as a Scout leader. He was awarded the Silver Beaver for his outstanding service to Scouting in 1970. He was also awarded the St. George Episcopal Award in 2004 by the Episcopal Church and the Boy Scouts of America, for his distinguished service leading toward the spiritual, physical, mental and moral development of youth in the community.
Walter was preceded in death by his parents and six sisters. He is survived by his loving and caring wife, Nelda Walske; sons, Don Walske of Granbury, Gary Walske and wife, Sue, of New Braunfels; and his grandchildren, Jonathan and Kathleen Walske, both of New Braunfels. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Walter was an avid woodworker, camper, backpacker, fisherman, and loved working with the youth in the community. Wally will be missed very much, but we know that he is in heaven with our loving Father.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or the Rehab of Abilene.