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Richard Walter

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Visitation for the family will be held on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at Harvest Church in New Hampton. Richard D. Walter, age 82, of New Hampton, IA, passed away on Monday, January 26, 2015 at Conroe Regional Hospital in Conroe, TX. Richard Dwane Walter was born on April 10, 1932 in Ottumwa, Iowa to Clovie and Alta (Elliott) Walter. He served our country from 1952-54 during the Korean War with the 61st Field Artillery Battalion of the 1st Cavalry Division of the Army. He worked as a machinist with numerous companies for many years. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to start R & D Machine Tool with Dale Nelson of Fredericksburg, IA. In 1990, He moved to Willis, TX to build spec homes on Lake Conroe. Upon returning to New Hampton, Iowa, Richard started Ameritec Machining. He was active in the directions and decisions of the company at the time of his death. He was united in marriage to Joyce Simmons on October 23, 1971 at the Church of Christ of Cedarloo in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Richard enjoyed travel and visiting with family. He was able to go on the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. to tour the monuments this past fall. He was very patriotic and enjoyed keeping current with political events and social concerns. Richard is survived by his wife Joyce of New Hampton; children Deb Walter of Cedar Falls, IA, and Jason (Kimberly) Walter of New Hampton, IA; sister Catherine (Walter) Dabney of Waterloo, IA, step-brother John (Shirley) Simmons of Evansdale, IA, step-brother Ron (Florence) Simmons of Ottumwa, IA, step-brother Jim (Lynn) Simmons of Palmdale, CA, brother-in-law Larry (Donna) Simmons of Murrieta, CA, sister-in-law Janice (Glen) Calhoon of Cheyenne, WY, sister-in-law Linda Shepard of Des Moines, IA; grandchildren Neal of Miami, FL, Nathan (Cheryl) of Waterloo, IA, Autumn of Denton, TX, Caleb of Cedar Falls, IA, Kayla, Philip, and Faith of New Hampton, IA; 3 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Imogene Snook, Violet Pherigo, and Leetha Rupe, brothers Charles, James, and Jack, step-brothers Ray, Burle, Sam, Joe, Bob, Roger Simmons, as well as several other step-brothers and step-sisters, brother-in-law Jack Shepard.

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  1. Our sympathy goes out to you, Joyce and to the entire family. I knew Richard was having some health issues but really was not expecting this. We are in Arizona but please know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. Our sympathy, thoughts, and prayers are with you, Joyce, and all of the Walter family. May you find comfort in the love that surrounds you and the wonderful memories you made with Richard.

  3. We were so sorry to hear of Richards passing. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. John and Jane Brooks

  4. Joyce family.Im so sorry for your loss..Im glad I got to see Richard in October I chatted with him while we looked at old pictures..You were blessed to have him all these years.May GOD keep him close until you are together again. Denny Marshall

  5. Joyce, Jason Kimberly, and family – We extend our condolences for your loss. You are in our prayers. Rafael Sarah Soriano

  6. Joyce, Jason and family, I am so very sorry to hear about Richards passing away. I never forgot his kindness and humor when he was my employer all those years ago. Ill be thinking of you during this difficult time.

  7. Our deepest sympathy to Joyce ,Jason and Familypraying that God be with you and comfort you during this most difficult time. Randy and Barb Kellogg

  8. Dear Joyce and family, we are so sorry to hear of Richards passing. What a wonderful, loving life you were blessed to share. Keep those memories close to your heart forever. Our prayers and deepest sympathy to you all. David and Terry Utterback

  9. Dear Joyce, Jason and all of Richards family. Our hearts go out to you right now, along with many thoughts and prayers each day. Richard was a wonderful, loving man and we will sorely miss him. What a comfort to know that we will one day be reunited in Heaven and that he is now in the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus. What a victoryWhat a legacy! May God grant you peace and comfort.

  10. Deb and I worked together at Schoitz Hospital many moons ago and I met Richard briefly when I bought a car from Deb. I am so sorry to read that he has passed away. Deb, I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I lost my father too, so I know how all these memories just go around and around in your head. Stay strong and remember the best. Cindi Kirk-Visser Clinton, NC

  11. Joyce and family, So sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Kastli Auctioneering . Greg and Cam

  12. Joyce and Family I am so glad I had that time to share with you and Richard on the visit to Conroe. It was a great time . Always hold the memories you made together close they will help you through this time of sorrow. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Pat and Tony Gotto

  13. Joyce and Family~ Our hearts are with your family as you grieve. Joyce, I have enjoyed your fellowship with you and Richard sharing your incredible love story with me. Philippians 13 “I thank my God every time I remember you” May you all find peace and be comforted in the memories that you have shared. ~Debbie Carr and Joe Sternat

  14. Dear Joyce, My heart goes out to you and your family in your loss. I have sent a card and memorial to your home address in New Hampton. You were such a beautiful couple. Love Carol Ann Draper

  15. Please accept our sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. This is one of the most difficult things we must face in our life. May it comfort you to know that others are deeply touched by your loss. God assures us at Psalms 3418 that he is near to those broken in heart and those crushed in spirit he saves. Jesus also promises that we will be able to see our loved ones again. Jesus own words found at John 528,29 tells us there will be a resurrection. What a wonderful hope! God says that soon on the earth there will be no more pain, suffering and especially death at Revelation 213-5 We anxiously await the day when we will no longer lose those we love. May these bible thoughts bring you comfort at this most difficult time.

  16. Dear Joyce and family you have my deepest sympathy at this sad time. All of the family are in my thoughts and prayers. Had planned to attend the visitation but am snowed in and have a cold, I wish I could have been there with you. Richard was a smart and kind man, I always enjoyed our visits and being a neighbor to you all. Always remember the good times you two had together. I pray God will carry you through this time in His loving arms. Evelyn

  17. Dear Joyce, Jason Family It was truly a honor to have known Richard his passion for the love of his family and others and Integrity Respect is what I will remember about him.My thoughts and prayers are with you all

  18. Joyce and Family, I was shocked and saddened by Richards passing. I know his faith in the Lord Jesus certainly carried him and is supporting your family. His leaving must be so difficult for all of you. Joyce, your love for each other was inspirational. I will forever think of you as Richard and Joyce. I think of how he loved to share beautiful things with you. Everyone of those is a memory of love. Our prayers are for you to have that peace that passes understanding and guards your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus, now in the times ahead. We are sorry for your loss. Mary

  19. Sending lots of love and virtual hugs to Joyce and the whole family from Kansas City. I learned so much from Richard. When he hired me at Ameritec the summer after I graduated from high school, I saw how his strong work ethic had led to his successful leadership of the business. I was just an 18 year old girl but he would send me off to Waterloo in a pickup truck with an expensive part that needed to be delivered (that I loaded myself using a forklift he taught me to drive!). He trusted me to do jobs that were out of my comfort zone and I gained a lot of confidence in myself that summer. I will also treasure the moments I saw him with “Mom” and Jason, especially when he was being goofy or silly. I will never forget his monkey face! You all shared a love that is beautiful and rare and Im glad I got to witness that. Love you guys so much, thoughts and prayers are very much with you now and in the days ahead. Angie Dunn

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