Born in Gary, Indiana on April 28, 1938, and a native of Crown Point, Indiana, Walter attended Indiana University and earned a Master’s degree in Education Administration from the University of Chicago. After serving as an educator and principal in Indiana, Wisconsin, and Illinois, Walter moved to Texas, where he concluded his nearly 50 year career as a classroom teacher, science specialist, and technology specialist at A.J. Martin Elementary.
Walter devoted over 20 years to teaching robotics for the Houston Museum of Natural Science during the summers. He also had a passion for training his Miniature Schnauzer, for which he won many awards, as well as architectural history, as he frequently enjoyed homes tours and was a member of several historic foundations and preservation societies. Having been involved in music since his childhood, Walter was a member of Indiana University’s Marching Hundred and taught clarinet lessons in high school. As an adult, he enjoyed singing in church choirs and was an avid supporter of The Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas.
Walter loved to learn, and he loved to teach. He selflessly lived his life for others, reaching out and inspiring students and peers as an educator, as a youth group director, and as a friend. He will be lovingly remembered by the countless lives he touched.
Walter was preceded in death by his mother, Geneva D. Olds, and his grandmother, Edith L. Wilson. He is survived by his church family, who tended to his needs late in life, and his longtime friend, Jason Ritchie.
A memorial service honoring Walter’s life will be held on June 20, 2018 at 10:00 AM at First United Methodist Church Missouri City, 3900 Lexington Boulevard, Missouri City, TX, 77459 with Rev. Marty Vershel officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to the music ministry of First United Methodist Church Missouri City.