July 1, 1941 — Nov. 18, 2014
Kenneth S. Walter Sr. peacefully passed through the pearly gates on November 18, 2014, surrounded by his loving family after complications following successful heart surgery. Ken joined his parents, Stanley and Elizabeth Walter (nee Krahn) and his sister Mary in God’s heavenly kingdom.
Born on July 1, 1941, Ken was raised on a dairy farm in the Town of Vernon. Ken married Kathleen in 1960 and together they raised their children Laura and Ken Jr. just down the road from the family farm. Ken was a loving husband, respected father and wise grandfather. He provided for his family as a farmer, truck driver and businessman. He loved working with animals and raised American Quarter Horses with his daughter and her family. He enjoyed hot air ballooning with his son and his family. Ken retired this past spring and spent his time working on projects and creating crafts with Kathleen. Ken most enjoyed his grandchildren, who were his true passion and most prized accomplishments.
Ken is survived by his Irish bride, Kathleen (nee Carey); his daughter Laura and her husband Jeff Hendrickson; his son Ken Jr. and his wife Kay; and his sister-in-law Luann Reed (nee Carey) and her daughter Michele (Joel) Johnson, who were frequently at his side and always had his back. “Grandpa” will be greatly missed by his loving grandchildren Rebecca Hendrickson (Kris Haibeck) and Bob Hendrickson, as well as Jack, Ben and Max Walter. Ken is further survived by a litany of cherished family and friends.
Visitation will be on Monday evening, December 1, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 225 South Hartwell Avenue, Waukesha, from 5:00pm to 7:30pm and continuing on Tuesday, December 2, at 10:00am until the funeral Mass, set to begin at 11:00 am with the Rev. Howard G. Haase presiding.
The Walter family would like to thank the dedicated, compassionate and professional nurses and staff at Waukesha Memorial Hospital ICU and HCU and St. Luke’s Hospital CVICU.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Waukesha Catholic School System are appreciated.