Walter “Walt” F. Verdon formerly of Eau Claire, died May 29, 2011 at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King, Wisconsin. Walt was born the youngest son August 25, 1925 in Lansing, Iowa to Leo and Matilda (Kirk) Verdon and grew up along the Mississippi River in Lansing. He served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific for nearly 4 years as a coxswain during WWII and participated in the Okinawa invasion. After his return from the war, Walt married his childhood sweetheart E. Frances Kincade, January 26, 1946. Walt then trained in mechanics and used his skills in this profession for the majority is his working career, and worked for nearly 2 decades for Aring Equipment of Eau Claire. Walt and Fran raised their family in Menomonie for the most part, with a few years in San Jose, California. He along with his wife of 65 years, Fran, managed several assisted living facilities in several different states before retiring. – Walt was a quiet sort of man with a little spunk and generally had a soft smile on his face. He loved God and his family very much. He was preceded in death by his son James R. Verdon, his parents, four brothers Lawrence(Dyke), Dominic, Cornelius(Neil), and Ray and four sisters Harriet, Mary, Millie, and Maggie. He is survived by his wife Fran, two sons Wayne W. (Ann) Verdon, and John F. (Debbie) Verdon, and one daughter Linda L.(Tom) Uetz, 16 grandchildren, and 38 great-grandchildren. A committal and burial ceremony took place June 10, 2011 at the chapel at the Wisconsin Veterans Home-King. His ashes were buried at the adjoining Veterans cemetery. A memorial celebration of Walt’s life will take place July 9, 2011 starting at 11:00 a.m. at the home of John and Debbie Verdon west of Menomonie off of Hwy 29. Friends and family are all welcome.