Walt A. Ast, Jr., age 72, unexpectedly suffered a cardiac arrest and passed away on May 13, 2013 in Colorado Springs, CO. Walt was born a first generation American, of Swiss decent, on September 7, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois. Walt graduated from West Chicago High School in 1958. After graduation he joined the U.S. Army, entering as a private and leaving as a sergeant, all while stationed in Germany where he served for three years. He then went on to attend the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. While attending college, Walt married his beloved wife, Evelyn (Gorman) in 1964, and in 1967 they were blessed with their first daughter, Suzanne. In 1968 Walt was hired by Hewlett Packard and the family moved to Colorado Springs. In 1973 their second daughter, Holly was born. After 34 years with H.P./Agilent Technologies, Walt retired. He then worked as a courier for FedEx Kinko's for 5 years and fully retired in 2009. Walt was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Adolph Ast, Sr. and Noelie Ast; and younger sister, Estelle Stinchcomb. Walt leaves behind his loving wife of 48 years, Evelyn Ast; daughters, Holly Ast, Suzanne Byrkit; son-in-law Jerry Byrkit; and his nieces and nephews. A celebration to honor Walt's life will be held on Saturday, May 25 at 11:00am at Swan Law Funeral Directors Chapel, 501 North Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Pikes Peak Hospice Foundation, 2550 Tenderfoot Hill Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80906. A dear and loving husband, father, and friend will be sorely missed by one and all. We love you, Walt.
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Published in The Gazette on May 19, 2013