Willard "Curley" J. Walters
- January 24, 1926 - March 27, 2012
- Iowa City, Iowa
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“Bev and Family, I was so sad to hear about Grandpa. I wish I could be close to you and your family right now. You are all in my thoughts and prayers....Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Geraldine Ramseyer
“Bev - Our thoughts and prayers are for you and your family - always remember the positve influence this man had in your lives !
2 of 18 | Posted by: Rusty Poremba - Woodland Park, NJ
“Dear Bev and Family,
I am so very sorry to hear of the passing your Dad. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Anytime you need an ear to listen,...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Heather Hedrich - Merrill, MI
“Bev, I was deeply saddened to hear about the death of Curley. I know how difficult this is for you. Please know that you and your family are in my...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Annelore Imoberdorf-Studer
May the Lord be with you and your family in this time of loss. May you find comfort in your precious memories of your father.
5 of 18 | Posted by: Vickie Fowler - Selma, NC
“Ruth & family:
So sorry for your lose. Remeber all the laughter when the whole family was together. Was pretty small then myself but I do...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Cindy Faas (Walter) - Edgerton, WI
“RICK, MIKE AND WALTERS FAMILY MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO YOU WITH THE LOSS OF YOUR DAD.
7 of 18 | Posted by: JIM HAYSLETT - IOWA CITY, IA
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I hope you can take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you. ...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Shelley Woelfel - st. Charles, MO
“Mike and Rick and Walters Family I am sorry for your loss. You will all be in our prayers the days to follow.
10 of 18 | Posted by: Dan Hayslett and Donna - IA
“Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,
May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.
My prayers go out to all the family...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Evelyn Maldonado - Costa Rica
“Bev, our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family on the loss of your loved father.
12 of 18 | Posted by: Gaby Morales - Costa Rica COE team
“My condolences to the whole family.
One of the best memories I have as a child was coming over to play with your labradors with Curly...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Joanna (Brack) Robinson - IA
“Dear Bev, Larry & Family,
We so very sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved father. Please know that you're in our thoughts and prayers...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Catherine & Ron Mollyneaux - FL
“To the Walters family we are sorry for your loss. As we are in Mississippi we will not be able to attend the funeral so know that our thouhgts and...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: David & Karen Long - Iowa City, IA
“Our Deepest sympathy. We are here if you need anything.
16 of 18 | Posted by: Debbie Scholtus - Fort Wayne, IN
“Jerri & family,
My deepest sympathies go out to you and your entire family on the loss of your loved one. May your good memories help get you thru...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Matt Gavin - Iowa City , IA
“We are saddened by your loss and hope and pray for a cohesive family healing.
18 of 18 | Posted by: Tracey and Jon Unverzagt - IA
Willard J. "Curley" Walters, 86, of Iowa City, died unexpectedly Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m., Saturday, March 31, 2012, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Iowa City with a time of visitation Friday from 4-8 p.m. at the Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City. Burial with military honors will be at Memory Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church to help with cross maintenance. Online condolences may be sent to Willard's family through the web @www.gayandciha.com.
Willard was born January 24, 1926, in rural Iowa County; son of Fred and Nora (Wiebold) Walters. He attended country school in Iowa County and went onto join the United States Navy where he served during WWII. On June 19, 1959, he married Ruth Coulson at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Iowa City. Willard worked several years at Amana Refrigeration but returned to Iowa-Illinois Gas and Electric where he worked for over 30 years, retiring as a welder crew leader in the gas department in 1988.
"Curley" was a long-time member of Our Redeemer, where he served as a past trustee and could be found greeting and ushering on a regular basis. He was also a member of the Iowa City American Legion, Riverside VFW and the Eagles. "Curley" enjoyed time spent fishing and hunting, watching the Cubs and cheering for the Hawkeyes.
He will be missed by his loving family which includes his wife of 52 years, Ruth; children, Jerri Bruns (Delwin) of East Peoria, IL, Rick Walters (Beverly Williams) of Iowa City, Michael Walters (Barbara) of Iowa City, Larry and Beverly Nelson of Coralville, Theodore Nelson (Donna) of Cedar Falls; brothers, Melvin Walters of Tiffin and Lawrence "Whitey" Walters of Iowa City; 12 grandchildren, Boe and Shay Bruns, Fred Walters, Yvonne and Wylie Walters, Mieka Deeter, Steven Nelson and Kimberly Bergman, Ruth Beemer, and Jim, John and Marnie Bates, and 18 great-grandchildren.
"Curley" was preceded in death by his daughter, Virginia Bates; son-in-law, William Bates; parents; and two sisters, Velma Walters and Dorthea Gonterman.