Dale E. Walter, 74 - October 08, 2012Retired Chief Warrant Officer (CW4) Dale E. Walter, 74, of Lawton, OK, passed away Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at Lawton.
Services were conducted Oct. 10 at the Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Kiyoung Jeong of New Light United Methodist Church, and David Jones of the Manitou United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial took place at Post Cemetery at Fort Sill, OK, with full military honors.
Walter was born Feb. 27, 1938, at Radium, KS, to Lawrence “Jack” and Ruth (Odle) Walter.
He grew up on a farm near Lewis, KS, and graduated from Lewis High School in 1956.
Walter joined the United States Army and served for 22 years. While serving with the Army, he traveled with the Inspector General’s Office. He received many awards and medals including the good conduct medal, Army commendation medal with fourth oak leaf cluster, national defense medal, Armed Forces expeditionary medal (Korea), meritorious service medal and the Armed Forces Reserve medal.
On Aug. 31, 1957, he married Marietta Ward at Lewis. He later married Keh Son Chon on March 16, 1973, at Fort Carson, CO.
He retired from the military in November of 1978, and then was employed with the Goodyear Rubber and Tire Plant, working until 1994.
Walter was a Mason and a member of the Warrant Officer’s Association and the New Light United Methodist Church.
He was a supporter of the Metropolitan Opera and was generous to numerous community organizations.
Walter was an avid reader, a collector of coins and music, and enjoyed gourmet food and fine wine, according to family members. He also enjoyed fishing and his dogs including Barrons, Duke and Seyjon.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, Lawrence and Ruth; his sister, Jerriene Hawley; brothers—Lawrence, Kenneth and Charles Walter.
Survivors include: his wife of 39 years, Keh, of the home; his son and daughter-in-law, Eric (Sheryl) Walter of Brady; two daughters—Regina M. Walter and Rhonda J. Freeman, both of Colorado Springs, CO; his sister, Gracie Warren of Valley Center, KS; grandchildren—Justin Morgan, Kinsey Freeman, Kelsie Freeman, Elizabeth Raitz, Katie Raitz, Natasha Walter and Jacob Walter; four great-grandchildren.
Memorials are suggested to the New Light United Methodist Church, Building Fund, 5901 SW Lee Blvd, Lawton, OK 73505.
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