SHELBY-Walter Harold Schmoutz, 81, of 202 Peach Street, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at Hospice of Wendover in Shelby. Born Mar. 7, 1931, in Pittsburgh, Pa., he was the son of the late William H. and Laura Reihl Schmoutz.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Dorothy Fry, Audrey Sullivan, and Elaine Spin; and three brothers, Earl Schmoutz, Melvin Schmoutz, and Donald Schmoutz.
He is survived by his high school sweetheart and loving wife of 60 years, Joan Cue Schmoutz; four daughters, Suzan Travis of Shelby, Lynda Roberts (Lynn) of Cope, S.C., Sandy Poston (Roosevelt) of Shelby, and Leslie Schmoutz of Shelby; one son, Stephen Schmoutz (Patricia) of Shelby; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, William Schmoutz (Joann) of Washington, Pa.; a sister-in-law, Grace Schmoutz of Ky.; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends who loved and cherished him. He is also survived by a special friend, Johnny Armstrong and family.
Walter was a devout Jehovah's Witness and spent his life ministering to others the good news of God's kingdom. Even during the seven years of his bed rest, he would witness to his nurses and doctors and anyone that came within earshot of him. He spent many years working for Daniels Construction as an electrician until reaching his retirement age, and then another ten years as the maintenance man at the Cleveland Country Club. He spent countless time and energy repairing and fixing things around his friend's houses. Walter never met a stranger. He will be dearly missed by all those who know and love him.
The family would like to thank the staff at Bayada Nurses, especially Jennifer Webb, and Hospice, especially all the girls and Anita Jones, for end-of-life comfort the last 24 months.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory, and other times at the home.
Memorial Service: 2 p.m. Saturday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness in Shelby
Officiated By: Robert Blakely Jr.
Funeral Home: Cecil Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to be made to: Hospice Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, N.C. 28150
A guest registry is available at www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com