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Walter Elmer John Rabbe, 95, passed away on Friday, July 28, 2017 in Hamilton, Texas.

Mr. Rabbe was the second of seven children born to Charlie Henry Rabbe, Sr. and Ida Alma Teggemann Rabbe.

Funeral services were held at 11 AM on Monday, July 31, 2017 at Riley Funeral Home with Calvin Goerdel officiating. Burial followed in the family plot at New I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Hamilton.

Walter was born May 19, 1922 in Taylor, Texas and was baptized on June 11, 1922 at St. Johannis Lutheran Church in New Bern, TX. He was confirmed on October 20, 1935 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Shive, Texas.

The family moved to Roscoe and Trent, Texas where Walter attended the first and second grades. They later moved to Hamilton where Walter attended the third grade. The family then settled in Shive where he graduated from Shive High School in 1939 as class salutatorian. The following year Shive added the 11th grade. Walter returned to school and, once again, graduated as class salutatorian. He was the County Champion in tennis in 1939 and enjoyed playing softball throughout many years. Walter continued to play tennis until after his retirement.

After graduation from high school, Walter spent about a year in San Diego, CA working as an Aircraft Riveter. When WWII broke out, he enlisted in the Army Air Corp. He was inducted on August 27, 1943 along with his younger brother. This resulted in all three of the Rabbe brothers being active in WWII at the same time.

Walter spent his foreign service in Calcutta and other areas of India and Burma. He was qualified as a Rifle Marksman. Walter was awarded the American Theatre Campaign Ribbon, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Ribbon with one Bronze Star, the Good Conduct Medal, the Victory Ribbon, and two Overseas Service Bars. He completed his military service, received an Honorable Discharge, and arrived back at his parents' home in Shive on May 18, 1946, the day before his 24th birthday. He was somewhat overwhelmed the day after his arrival when the family home and yard began filling up with birthday and Welcome Home celebrants.

In 1948, Walter enrolled in North Texas State Teachers College (now the University of North Texas). Three and a half years later, in 1951, he was awarded a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics.

After teaching high school math for a few years and coaching tennis for one year, Walter chose to leave the teaching profession and went to work for the Internal Revenue Service. He spent most of his career in Dallas, Texas and retired on December 31, 1984 after almost 30 years with the IRS. He celebrated his retirement by taking a five-week car trip through Europe with his youngest sister.

Walter returned to Hamilton and took over the Rabbe farming and ranching operations. He enjoyed traveling and was able to take numerous trips to many parts of the United States.

Walter was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers, Charlie Rabbe, Jr. and Gilbert Rabbe; and 2 sisters, Ida Rabbe Wulf and Dorothy Rosalie Rabbe. He is survived by 2 sisters, Helen Rabbe Ray and Frances Rabbe; 3 nephews; 6 nieces; and several great-nephews and great-nieces.

Pallbearers were his nephews, Bert Rabbe, Richard Wulf, Ronald Wulf, Wayne Allensworth, and Monty Montgomery, and his great-nephews, Ryan Wulf, Braden Montgomery, and Matthew Allensworth.

Following the burial, friends and family gathered for lunch at Trinity Lutheran Church in Pottsville, Texas where Walter was a long-time member.

Walter coped with his illness with courage and determination. He was much loved and will be greatly missed.