In memory of
Harold Clifton Walter
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In memory of
Harold Clifton Walter
Harold was born on August 13, 1928, to Edgar and Vera Maltezo Walter in Valparaiso, FL. He died at home on December 8, 2019, with family and friends near. His early years were spent on, or in, the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, commercial fishing with his maternal uncles, whose memories he cherished. He graduated from Fort Walton Beach High in 1945, no small thanks to cousin Joy Hanshaw, who, it is said once held her shoe over the bus drivers head to keep him from leaving a running Harold., who'd been fishing all night. She watched over her younger cousin. It wasn't for fun back then. That's what it was like for fishermen's kids to get an education. He studied aboard the boats, but missed so much school that he almost faced failure in his Senior Year. He was saved by Ms. Annette P. Edwin's, who allowed him to take his finals orally. He was forever grateful to that fine, wise lady. He went to LSU for 2 years, spent 3 years as an apprentice glass cutter in Shreveport, La. That was his paternal family trade for generations. Come the Korean War, he enlisted in the Navy, proudly serving in the Pacific Fleet out of San Diego, Ca aboard the Admiral's Flag Ship Dixie. He saw action when his ship joined other vessels to rescue our Marines off that frozen Chosin peninsula, where they'd been pushed by overwhelming communist forces. He had some very interesting tales about his navy years, traveling to exotic and strange places, always learning, receiving additional education at UCLA, courtesy of the U.S. Navy. He also boxed for the Navy with an undefeated record. His service lasted 5 ½ years. Back in San Diego, he met and married his first wife Terri Tronsgaard. They moved to Shreveport, La. Where he again worked his glass cutter trade. They had four children, only one of whom reached adulthood. That was Michael, who preceded him in death. We fervently hope they are fishing together again. Terry moved back to Calif. And Harold later met and married Joyce Sharbeno. They moved to Mo. And had four children. They finally settled in Destin in 1975. Back on the water, at last, he ran his father's business, the 70 passenger fishing boat, Lady Eventhia, For 25 years, until retiring, thereafter enjoying many years on the Chipola River, where he had many friends to hunt and fish with. He is pre-deceased by his parents, his brother Bobby Lee Walter, All four of his and Terri's children, daughter, Amy Walter Meyers (O'Flahrity). He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Joyce; Sister Connie Congleton, Son Edgar Walter, daughters and sons in law; Susan and Ted Barnett, Elizabeth and Marlon Perry, Grandchildren; Cassandra, James and Taylor Walter, Lauren Rozelle, of Calif. Samantha Walter, Natasha and Matthew Sweetser, Christian Meyers, Nick Davis Great –Grandchildren; Brittany and Jasmine delos Reyes, London Walter, Mackenzie Compston, Aralyn Davis; Great Great grandchildren Corey and Maddox. Harold was brilliant, witty, onery, amusing, unforgettable; Who, when presented with a task or adversity, did it with excellence and honor. A fine seaman, a fine tradesman, one of a kind. We miss him terribly. Thank you Regency Hospice for your care of us and of Harold. Thank you McLaughlin's for your long record of service to this family. A memorial Service was planned soon, but due to several relatives being indisposed, instead we'll have a graveside service, when his and Amy's ashes will be interred in the family plot. To be announced at a later date in this paper and Facebook.
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In memory of
Harold Clifton Walter
Harold was born on August 13, 1928, to Edgar and Vera Maltezo Walter in Valparaiso, FL. He died at home on December 8, 2019, with family and friends near. His early years were spent on, or in, the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, commercial fishing with his maternal uncles, whose memories he cherished. He graduated from Fort Walton Beach High in 1945, no small thanks to cousin Joy Hanshaw, who, it is said once held her shoe over the bus drivers head to keep him from leaving a running Harold., who'd been fishing all night. She watched over her younger cousin. It wasn't for fun back then. That's what it was like for fishermen's kids to get an education. He studied aboard the boats, but missed so much school that he almost faced failure in his Senior Year. He was saved by Ms. Annette P. Edwin's, who allowed him to take his finals orally. He was forever grateful to that fine, wise lady. He went to LSU for 2 years, spent 3 years as an apprentice glass cutter in Shreveport, La. That was his paternal family trade for generations. Come the Korean War, he enlisted in the Navy, proudly serving in the Pacific Fleet out of San Diego, Ca aboard the Admiral's Flag Ship Dixie. He saw action when his ship joined other vessels to rescue our Marines off that frozen Chosin peninsula, where they'd been pushed by overwhelming communist forces. He had some very interesting tales about his navy years, traveling to exotic and strange places, always learning, receiving additional education at UCLA, courtesy of the U.S. Navy. He also boxed for the Navy with an undefeated record. His service lasted 5 ½ years. Back in San Diego, he met and married his first wife Terri Tronsgaard. They moved to Shreveport, La. Where he again worked his glass cutter trade. They had four children, only one of whom reached adulthood. That was Michael, who preceded him in death. We fervently hope they are fishing together again. Terry moved back to Calif. And Harold later met and married Joyce Sharbeno. They moved to Mo. And had four children. They finally settled in Destin in 1975. Back on the water, at last, he ran his father's business, the 70 passenger fishing boat, Lady Eventhia, For 25 years, until retiring, thereafter enjoying many years on the Chipola River, where he had many friends to hunt and fish with. He is pre-deceased by his parents, his brother Bobby Lee Walter, All four of his and Terri's children, daughter, Amy Walter Meyers (O'Flahrity). He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Joyce; Sister Connie Congleton, Son Edgar Walter, daughters and sons in law; Susan and Ted Barnett, Elizabeth and Marlon Perry, Grandchildren; Cassandra, James and Taylor Walter, Lauren Rozelle, of Calif. Samantha Walter, Natasha and Matthew Sweetser, Christian Meyers, Nick Davis Great –Grandchildren; Brittany and Jasmine delos Reyes, London Walter, Mackenzie Compston, Aralyn Davis; Great Great grandchildren Corey and Maddox. Harold was brilliant, witty, onery, amusing, unforgettable; Who, when presented with a task or adversity, did it with excellence and honor. A fine seaman, a fine tradesman, one of a kind. We miss him terribly. Thank you Regency Hospice for your care of us and of Harold. Thank you McLaughlin's for your long record of service to this family. A memorial Service was planned soon, but due to several relatives being indisposed, instead we'll have a graveside service, when his and Amy's ashes will be interred in the family plot. To be announced at a later date in this paper and Facebook.
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