Walters, Gaige Rae
Sept. 4, 1927 - Jan. 18, 2013
Gaige R. Walters, 85, loving and beloved father of Linda Walters of Philadelphia, Dru Walters (Lloyd Whitaker) of Boston, Jan Walters Pitchford (Mike) of Sarasota, Steven Walters of Sarasota and Douglas Walters (Guio) of West Palm Beach, passed away peacefully in Sarasota, on Friday, January 18, 2013, after a brief illness. Gaige was born on September 4, 1927 in Omaha, Nebraska. His parents, Rae and Mabel Walters, raised Gaige and his two older sisters, Maurine (Heilman) and Lenore (Haskell) in Harlan, Iowa. He attended and graduated from the University of Iowa
. Gaige proudly served two terms in the United States Navy
which included time at sea as a Lieutenant/Operations Officer aboard the USS Richard B. Anderson during the Korean conflict
. In 1962, Gaige relocated to Sarasota where he embarked upon a successful career in real estate. He was especially proud to have served as President of the Board of Realtors in the 1960s. Following his retirement, Gaige continued to contribute to Sarasota by becoming a volunteer with Meals on Wheels and as a volunteer at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, where he met his long-time companion, Marilyn Rhein-Kollar. Gaige had a passion for flying, and also enjoyed tennis, boating and music. He was easy to talk to, interested in what others were doing, and generous. He truly valued the many colleagues, friendships and acquaintances he developed throughout his years in the Sarasota community. In addition to his children, Gaige is survived by his grandchildren, Forrest Gaige Wambold, David Whitaker, Allie Pitchford, Rachel Whitaker, Mathew Pitchford and Ava Walters, and also by his devoted partner, Marilyn. He is also survived by his seven nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2013, at 10:00 AM at the St. Armand's Key Lutheran Church. Toale Brothers Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Gaige's family wishes to express their sincere and heartfelt appreciation to all of the staff at the 9th Floor Waldemere Tower of Sarasota Memorial Hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested in favor of the Sarasota Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Inc.