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Donald J. Walters

Published on -12/12/2012, 1:49 PM

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Donald J. Walters, 81, Hays, died Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, at Hays Medical Center.

He was born Jan. 20, 1931, in Hays to Jacob and Anna (Arnold) Walters.

He married Mary Lou Armbruster on Nov. 20, 1955, in Ellis. He was co-owner with his wife of Leisure Homes Inc., Shenandoah, Iowa. He is a retired M/Sgt. of the U.S. Air Force, having served in Germany and Vienna, Austria, during the four powers occupation of World War II and in Vietnam in 1967. He served as a repair and maintenance technician of the radar weapons guidance system on F-4C, D&E Aircraft. He was assigned to the Netherlands to teach repair and maintenance of the radar weapons guidance system on the new F-4E aircraft as it was assigned to bases in Germany and the Netherlands.

He was a member of the Manufactured Housing Industry for 24 years. He was a member of the Air Force Sergeants Association, lifetime member of the Russell Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Retired Enlisted Association. He was a volunteer docent at Sternberg Museum of Natural History and Christ Lutheran Church of Ellis, where he served as church council president.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou, of the home; a daughter, Lou Ann Martin and husband, Bob, Germantown, Md.; two sons, Michael and wife, Jan, Parker, Colo., and Mark and wife, Barbara, Liberty, Mo.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Christ Lutheran Church, Ellis; burial in Kansas State Veterans Cemetery, WaKeeney.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Keithley Funeral Chapel, 400 E. 17th, Ellis, KS 67637, and from 9:30 a.m. until time of service Friday at the church.

A prayer service will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Christ Lutheran Church in care of the funeral home.

Condolences can be sent by guestbook to www.keithleyfuneralchapels.com or emailed to keithley@ruraltel.net.

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