Raymond A. Walter, 91, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 12, 2019 at the Life Care Center in Sparta, TN. He is preceded in death by his wife of over 50 years, Arlene L. Walter. Ray was born and raised in Berwyn, IL, son of William O. and Laura B. Walter and brother to the late Virlyn (Betty) Walter.
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Ray served in the US Navy reaching the rank of Seaman 3rd Class, as a plane mechanic in the New Jersey Fleet, Norfolk VA Yard and as a Plane Captain in Newfoundland. He was well known as the fellow that could fix anything.
In 1952, he married Arlene L. Dommick in New York City on the “Bride and Groom Show”, a popular TV show. They returned to Berwyn, where they loved and raised 4 children; Tom (Marcia) Walter, Pentwater, MI; Linda (Gary) Broling, Wanatah, IN; Jerry (Kathy) Walter, Stickney, IL and Kate (late Tom) Schloz, Pana, IL. He was so proud of all of his children and often spoke fondly of all the wonderful family memories.
Ray was active in his Berwyn community where he served over 10 years on the District 98 School Board. He received the respected moniker of “Admiral” from his Boy Scouts of America kids where he served as their leader from Cub Scouts to Explorers. He enjoyed supporting and watching his Scouts’ grow into wonderful adults. Over the years, he and “Mrs. Admiral” often hosted unforgettable reunion picnics.
Ray and Arlene moved to Palatine, IL with a big yard for all those picnics and even hosting a memorable wedding. Ray loved his 5 Grandchildren; Alisa Walter (Leo) Cardenas, Christine Broling (Joseph) Cahoe, Stephanie Walter (Jeff) Phipps, Jonathan (fiancé Sarah) Walter, Andrew Schloz. Ray is also survived by 5 Great-grandchildren.
In retirement, Ray and Arlene moved to Croton, MI where they finally got the house on a lake, with a boat they’d always wanted and near their oldest son, Tom.
After Arlene passed in 2008, Ray reconnected with a longtime family friend, Betty Kolarich, and moved to Westminster, SC. Ray embraced Betty’s family and together they enjoyed the sunset of life, keeping each other in health, comfort, and companionship until the end.
Ray chose cremation, the family followed his wishes, and a celebration of his life will be held at a later date.