Marlin Eugene "Marty" Walters (1947 - 2012)

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MAKOTI, N.D. – Marlin "Marty" Walters, 65, died Thursday, April 12, in a Garrison, N.D. hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. The funeral for Marty was held April, 17, 2012 in St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Makoti with burial in the church cemetery. Funeral arrangements were handled by Langhans Funeral Home, Parshall, ND. Online condolences may be shared at
Marlin Eugene Walters was born April 9, 1947 to Orville and Wilma (Popenhagen) Walters in Iowa City, Iowa. Marty was raised in Independence, Iowa where he attended school and graduated from Independence High School in 1965. He furthered his education at the technical college in Waterloo.
Marty entered in the US Air Force on June 20, 1966. While stationed in Minot, he met his wife. Marty was united in marriage to Leslie Lampert on Aug. 10, 1968. They lived in Minot and California. After his honorable discharge on April 1, 1970 the family returned to Iowa. In 1975, Marty and his family moved back to North Dakota and settled in Makoti where they raised their family. Marty started to work for Makoti Lumber Yard. He continued working for various lumber yards in the area as a construction project consultant until recently when he retired for health reasons.
Marty was active in his community. He was known as the "voice on the mike" at the Makoti Threshing show; which he was involved with for more than 30 years. He refereed basketball games for 27 years and was a baseball umpire for over 30 years. He also served the community as a volunteer on the ambulance and fire department. He was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church and William Hanson American Legion Post, both of Makoti.
Marty was a devoted father and grandfather. Marty loved outdoor life! He shared his enthusiasm for hunting and fishing with his family. He also like to golf. He enjoyed spending time at their cabin at Van Hook and shared his love of music singing the "oldies" around the campfire. God bless the memory of Marty Walters.
Marty is survived by his wife, Leslie of Makoti; children, Troy (Lesli) of Williston and Timothy of New Town, N.D.; Tanya Williams of Bismarck and Tessa of Makoti; grandchildren, Chelcie, Lexi and Alli Rose Williams, Paige Walters and Jace Ritzke; sister, Linda Garretson of Davenport, Ia.; brothers-in-law, Rick Lampert of Minot, Dave Lampert (Lisa) of Novato, Calif. and Bruce Lampert of Berthoud, Colo.; sister-in-law, Sharon Locken of Bismarck, N.D.; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Curt Walters; sister, Karen Kimmerle; parents-in-law, Thomas and Ruth Lampert, a niece and a nephew.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Apr. 28 to May 19, 2012
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