Paul Walters Jr.
Soldotna resident Paul Walters Jr. died Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2005, at the Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna from pneumonia, after a battle with cancer. He was 85.
Visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. with a vigil prayer service at 4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 6, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel, 5839 Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai. Memorial Mass will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Soldotna. Father Richard Tero will officiate. Friends are encouraged to bring their children to the reception at O’Neill Hall following the services.
Mr. Walters’ ashes will be laid to rest with his late former wife and infant son St. Francis Cemetery in Phoenix in the spring.
Mr. Walters was born June 13, 1920, to Paul and Cora (Long) Walters in Lamar, Mo., where he was raised. He graduated from Lamar High School and continued his education at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., and the University of Missouri, Mining and Engineering in Rolla, Mo.
He entered into the U.S. Army Air Force on Dec. 26, 1941, and served the country while in New Guinea, the East Indies, Papua and Bismarck Archipelago. He was honorably discharged July 19, 1945.
He was inspector for construction of city roads, water and sewer facilities. He finished his civil engineering career at city of Phoenix Engineering Department and Carolla Engineers.
Mr. Walters was involved in church and community service, including Boy Scouts and the chamber of commerce. One of his favorite memories was of participating in Sedona, Arizona’s Saint Patrick’s Day parade. He was a silversmith and goldsmith, creating custom-made jewelry and enjoyed fishing, carpentry, lapidary, singing, acting in “mellerdramas,” teaching senior driving classes and gardening, specializing in roses.
He moved to Soldotna in April 2003 to be closer to family. He was a resident at Heritage Place in Soldotna for the last two years. Mr. Walters was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Soldotna.
“Dad loved watching children discover the world around them. Many a lady smiled when he showed his affection by kissing the back of her hand. While living in Arizona, he took special pleasure in giving bouquets of his home-grown roses to friends. His faith had and will inspire all who knew him,” his family said.
“We daughters are grateful he taught us to be ‘handyladies,’ able to do many of our own home repairs. Dad, we miss you, but we are comforted because we know the ‘peace beyond words’ we witnessed during the last days of your life is even greater for you now.”
Mr. Walters was preceded in death by his infant son, John Paul Walters; former wife, Joann Moran; and sister, Nelia Gene Youngs.
He is survived by daughters and their husbands, Karen and Jim Burris of Nikiski, Marie and Glenn Beck of Midlothian, Texas, and Patricia and Kevin Dougherty of Ennis, Texas; granddaughter, Jennifer Beck of Galveston, Texas; granddaughter Cassie Beaty and husband Ben, and great-grandson, Kadin Beaty of Ennis; brother, Allen Walters and wife, Edith, of Lamar; sisters, Gloria Mayfield of Springfield, Mo., and Thelma Nielsen and husband, Steve, of Bella Vista, Ark.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made the American Cancer Society, Central Peninsula Unit, P.O. Box 2165, Kenai, AK 99611; Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Youth Ministry, 222 W. Redoubt Ave., Soldotna, AK 99669; or Heritage Place, Eden Program, 232 Rockwell, Soldotna, AK 99669.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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