LAKEWOOD - Vincent K. Walter, beloved husband and father, age 85, of Cowing Road, Lakewood, passed away at his home at 11:50 a.m., Monday, June 24, 2013, after a long illness.
He was born Feb. 26, 1928, in Syracuse, the son of Clarence O. and Margaret (Rita) Walter.
Vince was a Navy veteran, discharged March 1953. He called the Lakewood area his home for the last 46 years.
Vincent K. Walter
Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Nancy Walter, whom he married Sept. 19, 1970, in Jamestown, N.Y.; three sons: Chad Walter of Washington, D.C., Paul E. and Lori Walter of Denver, Colo., and Vincent K. and Kenyon Walter Jr. of Dallas, Texas; two grandsons: Shane and Cody; two granddaughters: Ryan-Bianca and Sydney; and a brother, Clarence (Bud) Walter of Fayetteville, N.Y. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.
Vince had a wonderful professional sales career in the steel industry. He was a mentor to all including his three sons and grandchildren. He lived his life by the golden rule, he was a man with pure integrity. ''As the leader of our family, Dad challenged us all in ways we never would have imagined. We are all better people today as a result of this.''
Friends will be received by the family on Wednesday, July 3, from 4-7 p.m. at the Mason Funeral Home, 37 Clinton St., Westfield, N.Y. The funeral service will be held on Friday, July 5, at 11 a.m. at the Mason Funeral Home conducted by the Rev. Msgr. Joseph M. Dowdell of Sacred Heart Church, Lakewood and Pastor Lee O'Brien of Busti Federated Church. The graveside service will be officiated by Frather Joseph Walter of St. Dominic's Parish of Westfield.
We give a special thanks to Hospice for their care and support and also to Angel, RoseAnn, Lisa, Tammy and Mary Jo of the "Angel's In-Home Care," as they all were a fantastic group of people helping us through the journey, we could not have made it through the weeks without them.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Chautauqua County, 20 W. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood, N.Y., 14750.
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