1925 ~ 2013
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Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, Ralph Henry Walters, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loved ones on 19 Aug 2013 after a brave battle with cancer.
Born 4 Sept 1925 in Price, Utah, to Raymond Frank and Ramona Walters. Ralph served in the Army Air Force during WWII as an Aviation Cadet. He married his sweetheart, Geraldine Litster, in the Manti LDS Temple on 11 July 1947. He received an associate degree from Carbon College and a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Regis College in Denver. Ralph's career with the telephone company spanned 43 years. Following his retirement he settled in Provo, UT. Ralph was always willing to serve others, especially his family, his church and his community. He held many leadership positions and served 3 missions for his church. He loved working with scouts as scout master helping many attain their Eagle. Ralph also served on the Grandview Farm condo board. One of the things he enjoyed a lot was helping his neighbors and friends. All it took was a phone call for your computer, phone, or TV to be fixed by Ralph. His pay may have been a smile, handshake, or a box of See's chocolates. Anyone who knew him knew his passion was being on a stream with a fly rod in his hand. However, he made a deal with his wife to go to plays he did not like if she would drive him to his favorite fishing spots. When not fishing, he took her on exotic trips all over the world.
Ralph had a special relationship with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Survived by his wife and 6 children: Maxine (Jasper) Morris, Cathy (Steve) Hill, Helen (Greg) Melchin, Nancy Walters, Colleen (Paul) Jones and Ken (Michelle) Walters, and by 22 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents, his sister Norma (Wayne) Close and his brother Ray (Viola) Walters.
His family would like to give a special thanks to all the doctors, nurses and staff over the years who have served him with tender loving care. They loved him dearly.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 26, 2013 at the Grandview 9th Ward Chapel, 1555 North 1350 West, Provo, Utah. Friends may call at the Berg Mortuary of Provo, 185 East Center Street, Sunday from 6-8:00 p.m. and at the church Monday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to services. Interment at Provo City Cemetery will include military honors. Condolences may be sent through his obituary at www.bergmortuary.com.
Published in Deseret News from Aug. 23 to Aug. 24, 2013