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A World War II and Korean War Navy veteran, retired postal supervisor, and longtime resident of Canoga Park, passed away June 30 of complications related to a brief illness. He was 94.
Walter was born in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania., on Nov. 23, 1917, the eldest of six children of Ukrainian immigrants. He resided in Southern California since relocating from Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, in 1956. During World War II, Walter served as a mail clerk aboard the aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill. The carrier was severely damaged and nearly 350 of its crew killed by a Japanese attack in May 1945. Walter escaped unharmed. After the war, Walter returned to Western Pennsylvania and began working as a postal employee. He returned to active duty during the Korean War. He worked as a letter carrier and later supervisor in Encino before retiring in 1973.
Walter is survived by Betty, his wife of more than 64 years, and six adult children: Walter Frederick, Roseanna, Laurence, Alex, Patrick, and Vincent. He was preceded in death by his eldest grandson and is survived by 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He also is survived by a sister, Dorothy Yannick of Aliquippa.
Visitation is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at Gates Kingsley & Gates Praiswater Mortuary, 6909 Canoga Ave., Canoga Park. Funeral services will be Friday at 9 a.m. at Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary, 5154 DeLongpre Ave., Hollywood, with burial following at Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Chatsworth.
Published in Los Angeles Daily News from July 4 to July 5, 2012