Walter W. Key, 66, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 at Texoma Medical Center.
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Graveside service will be held on Friday, March 1, 2013 at Cedarlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Sherman, Texas at 11 a.m. Dr. Chet Haney of Parkside Baptist Church in Denison, Texas will officiate. Military Honors will be accorded. Visitation was on Thursday, Feb. 28 at Dannel Funeral Home from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Walter was born on July 7, 1946 in Sherman to Clarence Key and Maggie Forster Key. He attended Sherman Schools and was a Sherman High School football star. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during Vietnam where he served two tours of combat and earning several Medals of Honor. In 2010 he retired from Texas Instruments/MEMC after 36 years of employment.
Walter met the love of his life, "Sheryl Pickering Garrison" while working at Texas Instruments. They were married on Nov. 22, 1996 in Sherman. Out of this union they enjoyed 17 wonderful years together.
Walter enjoyed playing golf with his friends and family and was known to be a diehard Dallas Cowboy and Sherman Bearcat Fan. One of his favorite past times was to sit in the front yard talking with his special friend and neighbor, Glen Voth. In their spare time they would both keep an eye on their neighborhood making sure that it was a safe haven.
Surviving is his wife, Sheryl Key of Sherman; sister, Glenda Benedict of Sherman; children, Brian Key of Anna, Texas, daughter Cindy Thompson and husband Kyle of Tom Bean, Texas, daughter, Sandra Cavender and husband Matt of Howe, Texas; stepchildren, Samuel Garrison and wife Rendee of Corinth, Texas, Chris Garrison of Sherman; one nephew Darrell Benedict of Sherman. He was also a proud grandfather to eight grandchildren, Haley Key, Alex Garrison, Levi Cavender, Holly Cavender, Brady Garrison, Rylee Garrison, Maddox Key and Payton Thompson.
If desired, Memorials may be made to: Marine Corp Toys for Tots Foundation, Gift Processing Administrator, 18251 Quantico Gateway Dr., Triangle, VA 22172; or: Disabled American Veterans, 1408 Ferndale Ave., Dallas, TX 75217.
For online condolences you may sign the guestbook at www.dannelfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Herald Democrat from Mar. 1 to Mar. 3, 2013