MEADE – Larry Joe Walter, age 75, died Friday, July 5, 2013, at the Meade District Hospital, Meade, Kansas.
He was born November 21, 1937, at Topeka, Kansas, the son of Lawrence B. and Vivian (Proctor) Walter. As a young boy he attended the Dighton, Kansas, school system, graduating from Dighton High School in 1955. After his graduation, he joined the United States Navy for several years. Upon his discharge, he attended Kansas State University, graduating in 1964. After completing his undergraduate degree he began his career in banking. In 1974 he moved to Meade from Baxter Springs, Kansas working in the banking industry for many years including the Turon State Bank, Turon, Kansas, American National Bank, Baxter Springs, 1st National Bank, Meade, serving as President and Chairman of the Board, State Banking Department as a bank examiner, chairman of the board for Banker’s Bank of Kansas, and the Citizens Bank of Kansas, Winfield, Kansas.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church; the Lions Club, serving as a past president; the Meade Housing Authority, serving as a past president; and the Compassionate Care Center.
On January 12, 1963, he married Sondra Kay Fair at Alden, Kansas.
He is survived by:
His children, Judi Sickler and husband Terry of Kearney, Nebraska
Eric Walter and wife Crystal of Clearwater, Kansas
Clay Walter and wife Brooke of Andover, Kansas
A sister, Twila Ellis of Wichita, Kansas
Eight grandchildren, Vince, Claire, and Hannah Sickler
Jacob and Jack Walter
Paige Maxfield, Joseph and Benjamin Walter
He is preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Susan Lewis.
Celebration of life services will be held at 11:00 Saturday, July 20, 2013, at the First Baptist Church, Meade. Private family inurnment will be in the Graceland Cemetery, Meade.
In lieu of flowers the family would welcome memorials to the Beam Senior Center in care of Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade.