Lawrence W. "Buck" Walter Jr., 78, of Greensburg, passed away Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. After enduring many health challenges, Buck unexpectedly died from complications related to congestive heart failure. Buck was born Oct. 17, 1942, in Jeannette, the eldest child and son of the late Lawrence Sr. and Edna Mae Dietz Walter. Bucky and his family were long-standing pillars of the Jeannette business community. As a second-generation CPA and financial services provider, Buck enjoyed his work with many clients who trusted him for his sound advice. Holding an undergraduate degree from Waynesburg College with a master's degree from Penn State University, Bucky believed in the benefit of education. As treasurer with the Jeannette Kiwanis, he supported young people in their pursuit of achieving their college dream. Bucky loved the outdoors, especially his adventures to Meeker, Colo., visiting a special friend, Kip Gates, and his family on their ranch. Over the years, Buck made many trips to the Gates ranch, elk hunting, assisting with many cattle roundups, and in his later years, helping as a camp cook for the visiting hunters. For decades, he spent time at his farm in Somerset, where he enjoyed hunting, shooting and fly fishing for that elusive trout. He also loved his outings playing golf with his buddies. Cheering on the Nittany Lions and tailgating at Penn State football games were favorite fall pastimes. During the winter months, he was a ski instructor at Seven Springs where he taught his son, Jason Ridilla, to ski. They greatly enjoyed their many trips to Lake Tahoe, Nev. Buck's constant, steady presence and wise guidance will be eternally valued and greatly missed. He was born into the Lutheran faith and was an Eagle Scout and a Freemason. Buck was a lieutenant in the Navy during the Vietnam War and attended officer training school. He was a member of the Arlington Sportsmen's Club in Jeannette, served for many years on the Jeannette Salvation Army Board of Directors and helped with several other charitable organizations. He gave of himself and his time to better his community. He is survived by his loving wife, Jacqueline Jacobina Walter; his son, Jason Ridilla, of Los Angeles, Calif.; a sister, Beverly Thompson and her three daughters, Amy Floyd and Beth Ann Clendenin, both of Statesville, N.C., and Jennifer Thompson, of Ebensburg; a sister-in-law, Michele Jacobina, of Palm Beach, Fla.; a brother-in-law, Dr. Charles Jacobina and wife, Patricia, and their son, Logan, all of Ligonier, and many great-nieces and nephews. As per Bucky's wishes, there will be no public visitation. Funeral services were private. The JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME, INC., Jeannette, are entrusted with arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made in Buck's memory to the Hillman Cancer Center, at www.hillman.upmc.com
, or the Arnold Palmer Cancer Center, 200 Village Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601, as well as the Jeannette Kiwanis, 314 Silvis St. Jeannette, PA 15644.