He is survived by his daughters: Kathryn (John) Henderson, Kristine (James) Rappe, Karol (Peter) Harris, Korinne (Michael) Mroczynski; a son Randall (Nicki) Parks; grandchildren: Sarah, Molly, Ryan, Dylan, Madeline, Karlyn, Stephanie, Rachel, Andrea, Alivia, Osten, Liam; many great-grandchildren and loving companion Pamela Schultz. He is also survived by sisters-in-law: Helen Zdrojowy, Elaine Peterson, Shirley Peterson, many nieces and nephews and former wife, LaVerne Peterson. Walter was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Selma Peterson and siblings: Oswald, Wilma, Fern, Ernest (Pete), Leonard and Clarence (Red).
Wally proudly served his country in the US Navy from 1945-1948 and upon discharge was active in the American Legion and a regular participant in the annual Memorial Day services. A highlight for Wally was his Honor Flight trip to the World War ll memorial in Washington DC. He also served his community as an active volunteer at St James Catholic Church, the Amherst Lions Club, the Tomorrow River School Board, the Conservation Club and many other organizations. His career in the building and construction industry included working on various projects such as, the family home, UW Stevens Point and the Consolidated Paper Mill. Wally later became the proprietor of Wally’s World in King, WI. He is known for his friendly fun-loving spirit and busy social calendar which has been filled with hunting, fishing, golf, horseshoe, pig roasts and gatherings of friends and family. Wally missed one opening day of the hunting season, however, he had a medical excuse! Wally was kind and a friend to many, taking pride in always recognizing a face and remembering a name.
A special thank you to the wonderful care team at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King, WI for the compassion and care they provided in the final months of Wally’s life.
Visitation will be held at the Holly Funeral Home in Waupaca on Friday, February 16, 2018 from noon to 3 p.m. with services to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Walleyes for Kids or the Tomorrow River Scholarship Foundation. The Holly Funeral Home of Waupaca is assisting the family with arrangements.