Byron B. Walter, age 88 of St. Charles, Illinois, died April 21, 2018. He was born June 3, 1929, in St. Joseph, Missouri, and was raised on a farm in Rock Port, Missouri.
He graduated from the University of Missouri with a B.S. in Agriculture in 1951. After graduation he entered the U.S. Army Military Intelligence and served during the Korean War. When returning from the war he began his career working for Swift & Co. Mr. Walter worked for the company for over 35 years. Before his retirement he was General Manager of the St. Charles and Omaha division of Swift.
He was a member of the A.F. & A.M. Masonic Temple North Star Lodge #157 in Rock Port, and the American Legion Post #342 in St. Charles. He also served as First Vice Commander of the American Legion Post in Ralston, Nebraska.
He is survived by his wife Elaine, four children: Michelle Kroll (Sam Zarilla) of Houston, Texas, Michael J. (Laura) Walter of Raleigh, North Carolina, Candace (Richard) Franco of Kilmarnock, Virginia, and David (Evelyn) Sheward of Thornville, Ohio; 10 grandchildren: Katherine Kroll (Alex) Chancia, Amanda Kroll (Blake) Elmer, John Walter, Sean Luby, Jason Ruppert, Ryan Ruppert, Bradley Ruppert, Matthew Ruppert, Christina Sheward (Jeff) Bartolomucci, and Deanna Sheward; seven great-grandchildren; and son-in-law Joe Luby.
He was preceded in death by his daughter Mary Beth Luby, grandson James Sheward, and his parents Virgil and Ola Walter.
Visitation will be 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at Yurs Funeral Home, 405 E. Main Street, St. Charles. Funeral services will follow the visitation at 11:00 a.m. at Yurs Funeral Home in St. Charles. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, St. Charles.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Atchison County Memorial Building Foundation, P.O. Box 2, Rock Port, MO 64482.
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