David J. Walter

David J. Walter, age 76, of North Branch, passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Ecumen North Branch.  

Dave was born on May 1, 1943, in Wahpeton, North Dakota, to parents Elmer and Evelyn (Forcier) Walter. He enlisted in the United States Navy in October 1960 and served three years as an E-5 electrician on the USS Saratoga (CVA-60). After the Navy Dave was employed by Dexon, Inc., Dexon Manufacturing Inc. and La Calhene. He started out in the sheet metal area and worked up to Vice President of Manufacturing when he left in 2000.  Dave had a passion for Harley Davidson Motorcycles, camping, movies and a love of family, faith and hard work. He even designed and built his own log splitter with hydraulic lift. In his retirement years he loved to rebuild snowmobiles and drove cars for area dealerships.  He was a member of St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in North Branch where he helped with counting money. Dave married Shirley Samletzka on Feb. 8, 1986, at the North Branch Methodist Church.  

Dave is survived by his wife Shirley; children Timothy (Cindy) of Hutchinson, Melissa of Brainerd, Jacob (Cazzandra) Walter of Ham Lake and Beth (Jake) Kovarik of North Branch. He is also survived by his 10 grandchildren; brothers Eugene (Delvan) Walter of Wahpeton, N.D., Dan (Mary) Walter of Bemidji, John (Theresa) Walter of Doran, and Don (Marilyn) Walter of Golden Valley; sisters Elaine Beyer of Ottertail, Beverly (Jim) Schaff of Moorhead and Joanne (Neil) Smith of Aberdeen, S.D., as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters MaryAnn and Ellie, and children Suzette, Cathy and Kyle.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in North Branch with Rev. Shane Stoppel-Wasinger officiating. Music will be provided by Cathie Hendren. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at church on Wednesday.  Interment with military honors will follow the service at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of Grandstrand Funeral Home in North Branch.  Condolences maybe expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com.

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