Leonard “Bud” Walter, age 89/22.5 of West Bend passed away on Oct. 12, 2013, at Cedar Lake Campus. Bud was born on Feb. 29, 1924, in Mauston to Leonard and Inez Walter. Upon graduation from High School in 1942, Bud enlisted in the Army Air Corp and served during World War II through 1946.
Bud married Alice Stehlik in Kenosha. Bud and Alice moved to West Bend in the early 1950s to raise their family. He was the owner of Bud Walter Furniture and Floor Covering, later known as Walter’s Carpet Gallery, currently owned by his son Steve. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren throughout the years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, collecting and refurbishing antiques, oil painting, and spending time at his family’s homestead in Mauston.
Bud was preceded in death by his parents, his mother and father in-law, Josephine and Frank Stehlik, his brother Ben, sisters Geraldine and Lorraine, and his brother in-law George Stehlik. Bud is survived by his wife Alice, sons Steve and Stuart (Jan), daughter Tracy (Colleen Maher), grandsons Ben (fiancée Heather Forsyth), Zachary (Anne), and Andrew (special friend, Nicole Rastello), and his great-grand daughter Joni Mae Walter.
A funeral service for Bud will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel, 1420 W. Paradise Drive in West Bend with the Rev. David Schoob presiding. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5:30 p.m. until 6:45 p.m. Wednesday. Private interment will take place at Washington County Memorial Park.
Bud’s family would like to thank Dr. Muhammad Mian, the Cedar Hospice and Forestview care providers at the Cedar Campus for the care and compassion they extended to Bud.
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family. (262) 338-2050 / www.phillipfuneralhome.com.