June 25, 1919-Jan. 25, 2008
George C. Walter, 88, of Perham, died Friday, January 25, 2008, among family and friends in Prairie Knoll at the Perham Memorial Nursing Home. He fought a very quick fight with lung cancer from asbestos.
George Conrad Walter was born to Emil and Augusta Marie (Neunaber) Walter on June 25, 1919, at their home in Corliss Township, Perham -- one half mile north of where he lived at the time of his death. He lived his entire life in Corliss Township, attending the Toad River Grammar School through the highest grade they had, which was eighth. He and his sister Alice taught their parents English. From 1942-46, George served in the 220th Engineering Battalion of the 20th Armored Division, U.S. Army as a T/5, a motor and heavy equipment machine operator. He was also at Dachau Concentration Camp when it was liberated.
On June 25, 1946, George married Irene Helen Mischke at St. John's Corliss Church. This union was blessed with two daughters, Lorraine and Patty, with a granddaughter, Deni, to follow. In May 1951 George was confirmed into the church.
George and Irene owned a number of places, which included dairy and grain farms as well as an implement business. At one time they owned 16 rental houses. George served on many different boards. He was First District County Commissioner, President from 1980-83 of OTCHS, President of Lutheran Brotherhood in 1996, OTWCAC Board for 32 years, Minnesota State Health Board, President of St. James Manor, President of the Hospital Board in Perham, Perham Pioneer Festival President, lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion, plus a charter member of the new Veterans Museum in Perham -- just to name a few.
Through numerous benefits George and Irene tried to unite many walks of faith; they would jump in head first to help people in need that they had never even met, raising money for many different causes as well as volunteering supplies and time for Habitat for Humanity.
George and Irene traveled to many interesting places, some of which were the Grand Ole Opry, Grand Canyon, Sea World, Disney World, World's Fair in Washington, Busch Gardens, the Black Hills and Yellowstone National Park. Actually, they visited all 50 states, as well as other spots including Mazatlan, Mexico; Canada and the Holy Land, Israel. In 1984 their travels took them on a tour in Europe, where they traveled through 11 countries. George was chosen to participate in the World War II Honor Flight through WDAY TV on the program's second trip, which took place Sept. 7-8, 2007. It was truly a great experience, of which he was proud.
George is survived by two daughters, Lorraine (John "Jack") Brune of Larimore, N.D., and Patty (Craig) Walter-Stall of Detroit Lakes; one grandchild; two sisters-in-law, Mabel (Maurice) Tunby of Baker, Mont., and Bunny Mischke of West Fargo; many nieces and nephews as well as dear friends, Daryl and Sue Ruther and Sister Shirley Mueller, along with numerous co-board members.
George was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Irene (July 31, 2007); sister, Alice Persons; brother, Alfred Walter; in-laws, August and Martha Mischke; brothers-in-law, Richard Persons, Lester, Erwin, Raymond, and Roland Mischke, Walter Schumn, Lyle Clark and Walter Roe; sisters-in-law, Anna Richards, Esther Schumn, Elsie Clark, Mary, Mabel, Barb and Marlene Mischke.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to sponsor medical or ministry scholarships through St. John's Lutheran Church, Corliss, Walter Trust Fund.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at Schoeneberger Funeral Home, Perham, with a prayer service at 5 p.m., continuing for one hour prior to Friday's services at the church.
Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Corliss Township, Perham, with the Rev. Del Meyer officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Schoeneberger Funeral Home, Perham, is in charge of the arrangements. Online tributes may be posted at schoenebergerfuneralhome.com.