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Franklin ‘Red’ Walter


Published: Monday, March 10, 2014 10:51 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, March 10, 2014 3:32 p.m. CDT

Franklin “Red” Walter, 81, of Corning died March 6, 2014, at Alegent Creighton Health Mercy Hospital in Corning.

Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, at Villisca United Methodist Church. The Rev. Gordon Scott will officiate. Interment with military honors will be in Methodist Grove Cemetery in Adams County.  Open visitation will be 1 to 8 p.m. today with family present 5 to 8 p.m. at Pearson Family Funeral Services, 809 W. Montgomery St., Corning. Memorials may be given in Red’s name to be determined.  Online condolences may be left at www.pearsonfuneralhomes.com.

Franklin “Red” Walter, son of Agnes Lucille (Findley) and James Alfred Walter, was born March 28, 1932, on a farm three miles east of Prescott.  

Franklin attended first grade at Prescott School. His family moved to Corning when he was 7 1/2, where he attended school, until transferring to Methodist Grove Country School in Nodaway in 1942. Franklin graduated from Nodaway High School in 1949.

After high school, Franklin assisted his father farming.

When Franklin turned 18, he joined the United States Air Force during the Korean War, where he served as a craft instrument specialist. He had overseas duty in Berlin, Germany, and Laon, France, arriving home in 1953.

On March 12, 1955, Franklin married Ruby Wirth of Nodaway.

Red partnered with Tom Haley and together provided custom farming for more than 30. Red farmed all of his adult life, after returning from the Air Force in the Nodaway area. Red raised cattle, hogs and row crops.

Red served as Director of the R.E.C. for 33 years; served on the Central Iowa Power Cooperative, Iowa Area Development Group, Adams County Conservation Board and various other boards and organizations. Red was also a substitute rural mail carrier for Nodaway and Guss.

Franklin is survived by his wife Ruby Walter of Corning; daughters, Denise (Dave) Pitman of Indianola, Patricia (Roy) Johnson of Gravity and Colleen (Kory) Thatcher of Minden, Neb.; grandchildren, Michelle Pitman, Jessica, Ryan and Jennifer Johnson and Laney Thatcher; brothers, James Walter Jr. of Corning and Max (Maria J) Walter of Omaha, Neb.; several nieces and nephews; extended family: Janet Haley of Villisca, Jenny Gilleland of Nodaway, Jason and Chris Haley of Kansas City, Mo., and their children; other relatives and many friends.

Franklin was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Robert and Clair Walter; sisters-in-law, Dorothy, Zelda and Dolores Walter; father- and mother-in-law Ray and Lela Wirth and extended family Tom and Don Haley.

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