Charles Walters
Charles Walters, 82, of Raytown, passed away January 14, 2009. Born on June 18, 1926 to Carl and Dorothea Walters in Ness County, Kansas, he married Ann Powell of Mount Pleasant, Michigan in 1956. They spent their entire married life in the Kansas City area and were founding members of St. Bernadette Parish. Charles served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He graduated from Creighton University in Omaha and earned a master's in economics from Denver University before serving in an Air Force cartography unit during the Korean War. His life experiences were varied and colorful. Growing up through the Dust Bowl and Depression, he gardened to help support his family. Later he blasted for power lines in the Rocky Mountains, reported on the rodeo circuit, and agitated for collective bargaining in agriculture as editor for the National Farmers Organization. As the founder and editor of the magazine Acres U.S.A., he was one of the earliest and most prolific proponents of organic farming and food systems. From 1971 until his death, he wrote thousands of articles and dozens of books on economics and agronomy, along with two novels. His interests ranged from history to poetry, antique cars to genealogy, foreign travel to carpentry. In later years he enjoyed gardening and wine-making. He is survived by his wife Ann, sons Chris and Fred of Austin, Texas, Tim of Lee's Summit, and a daughter, Jennifer, of Los Angeles, as well as daughters-in- law Michelle and Kathy and granddaughters Emily, Diana and Kara, a brother, Albert of Raytown, and two sisters, Dorothy and Velma. Visitation will be held at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 9020 E. 51st Terr., KC, MO 64133, Sunday, January 18, from 3-5:30 p.m., with rosary at 5 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday, January 19, with burial following at Mount Olivet Cemetery. (Arr. Sheil Funeral Home, 816-353-6555.)
Published by Kansas City Star from Jan. 17 to Jan. 18, 2009.
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Dear Family of Charles Walters: I am wo sorry to hear of the death of Charles. My 2xGreat-grandmother, Amalia Pelzl was married to your ancestor, Augustus Walter in Catharine, Ellis, County, KS in the 1880's and we always felt so very greatful to August for the kindness he showed Amelia, her daughter, my Great-grandmother Catherine Pelzl and my granddad Al Pelzl.
Brock Ridgway
October 14, 2009
my deepest , and belated sympathy to the family of Charles Walters. I found his writings late, but I am following his sage and well founded methods of saving soils and making the world a better place.
A huge loss to the world, and I mean that! His work will live on, and I hope someone one the family upholds his fine tradition.
Laurel ,Australia.
Laurel Vale
August 1, 2009
Dear Walters Family,
I wanted to let you all you know you are in my thoughts and prayers. It's so hard to lose your father. I will always have fond memories of Mr. Walters making us girls laugh. I especially admired all the loving attention he gave Jenny; he was a good man.
Maggie Mitchell Dors
maggie dors
January 29, 2009
I have no words to fully express my sadness at the passing of Charles Walters. I will remember him as a teacher, father-figure, mentor and friend who helped me, encouraged me, and supported my work during the most diffucult time in my life. Charles was a lodestar of leadership and he stood as a strong example for all of us who have learned from him. He possessed a unique understanding of our planet from the atom to macro-economics that few men will ever equal. He brought this understanding to eco agriculture and propogated it through his many books, seminars and annual conventions. His work at Acres USA will live on indefinately as the foundation of sustainable, environmentally sound agriculture. Charles Walters gave us a better overall understanding of planet earth so future generations can produce food without depending on chemicals. HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS ARE WORTHY OF A NOBEL PRIZE.
Finally, my most sincere condolences go out to the Walters family along with my appreciation for Fred Walters and others who continue his work.

Good Bye Chuck,
Fred Lundgren
January 25, 2009
My uncle, and his brothers, were always bigger than life to kid - the son of one of their sisters - in Texas. One of the smartist men I have ever know. I will miss him. Bless you Ann.
Michael Kelley
January 23, 2009
We Love You Walters Ohana!
Your in our thoughts and prayers ......
Thank You for your love we will always treasure our time with Chuck and Ann here in Hawaii.
Me Ke Aloha Pumehana!
Vincent, Irene, Kekai and Kahanulani Mina
Vincent & Irene Mina
January 21, 2009
With the passing of Charles Walters the country has lost one of its finest independent newpaper editors. Chuck prided himself on his independence and was willing to explore subjects few other editors touched. He believed that people deserved to have access to information rarely published elsewhere. His passion was economics, agricultulture and nutrition and through his magazine ACRES USA he brought to the public a wide range of facual information, opinion, interviews with innovators, economic lessons and how-to for ecologically sound farming. He was one of a kind and will be greatly missed by the ACRES USA community and the wider world of alternative agriculture. He has inspired two generation of farmers to strive for a better, more scientific agriculture, something way beyond the generally understood organic agriculture. For paving the way he has opened the door to a much healthier life for future generations and a cleaner, safer world for all of us. Thank you Chuck, you will be missed.
Joy McCann
January 18, 2009
All my love and prayers go out to you and your family, Ann. It is my privilege to have known him.
Linda Brooks Hokenson
Linda Hokenson
January 18, 2009
Ann, Chris, Fred, Tim and Jenny...
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I will always appreciate Chuck being my first real "boss" and all that he taught me. Many of the things I learned from him about life and the ways of the world I understand more and more as I get older. I bet he and Joe are in the midst of a discussion right now.

Mary & Curt
Mary Cotton
January 18, 2009
Chuck was like a multifaceted precious gem stone. Although I have only known him for a few years I have enjoyed learning about the many facets of his life that when put together made an amazing man. Whenever our paths crossed I always looked forward to his wit and dry humor. He will be missed by family, friends and colleagues but never forgotten.
Peggy Lawrey
January 18, 2009
I first met Chuck when in 8th grade I went to my dads office to share 2 first place ribbons for a creative writing contest. One for a children's book called "Mutt the loveable Mutt" and another was a science fiction story but the name is long ago forgotten. I enetered his office to find him visiting with Chuck Walters a relative I had not yet met. It was 1977. It would not be until 1990 that we met up again at a Soda Fountain in our town called Fox's Drugs that our pathes would cross again. I was eating breakfast and the coffee gang consisting of Chuck the Mayor of Raytown and other businessmen who met for their morning chat and would flip for who would pay. When I heard someone comment that Walters there was very unlucky that week having paid almost everyday I had only knew his first name. I introduced myself and low and behold our pathes had crossed again.
He came over to my booth and we began a do you remember and he actually remembered reading my stories and I had remembered his very kind remarks from way back about my two stories being quite original for an 8th Grader. Needless to say we got along right away and he asked me to visit his Acres USA office for a look see.
I was immediately intrigued at his huge liabrary of books and said so as I love to read. He took me on a tour and when we got to his shipping and receiving area he gave me a copy of "The Life in the Day of an Editor". He said read this and we'll have coffee. Little did I know that was to be the begining of a deep personal friendship and his becoming a mentor for me for almost 20 years, but also would soon lead me into doing the editing of magazine articles and much more including an assistant editor of an economic website of one of his peers.
After I had shown I was serious about learning Chuck took me under his wing and would give me a book to read and it would be followed by serious discussion and folks trust me on this he did not tolerate people who bought books but didn't read them. He never gave me but one book at a time and over coffee and eventually at his personal office at his home he would literally give me a verbal quiz on what he had me read. He often said people must be cautious what they read and having a mentor was the fastest way to avoid reading material worthy of recycle. He had me read all his works first and when he was writing I got many a preview of what his paper or new book as it was in the raw. One that was really fun was Raw Materials Economics. A real eye opener.
As time went on and we would spend time going to lunches together especially after he turned over the business to his son Fred.
Our friendship branched out into working on projects together and when his eyes failed often I assisted him in getting out and getting done whatever needed to be done. He especially appreciated having material read to him and once commented that among the many people he used over time he felt my skill at reading was among the best he'd heard and even explored the possibility of getting me into a position of making a living putting material on tape for the visually impaired. Typical Chuck, allways finding a way to make a fellow feel good about his efforts and allways keeeping an eye open to the opportunities in life we sometimes overlook. Not Chuck! His mind was among the sharpest I have ever encountered in my life.
Often my work kept us from getting together and allways i got a good natured chewing out for forgetting to come by for more education. Again typical Chuck, wanting the information and knowledge to flow.
And did he ever hammer away at the fact a man should educate himself allways seeking to keep an open mind and keep it fresh with new information and ideas.
When at 38 I became a dad and a fulltime one at that he was so happy for me and my wife he spent 9 months sharing his ideas on child rearing, the importance of nutrition of the infant and what a lousy substitute for mothers milk and worse was simple grocery milk! Thanks Chuck it made a huge difference!
He educated me on the dangers of vaccinations warning me that to many educated people sing the positive and never share the side effects. I owe it to him as I went to these meetings with questions that the Doctors seldom are willing to openly discuss. Typical Chuck.
Over the past few years as my daughter attended school i was able to get together with him more again and we had many lively discussions on current affairs.
But more often and lesser known to anyone was how much and often I would come to him for his ideas when life created situations I was unable to decipher. Being my mentor he allways made time for me. In fact after my father passed and in these other writings he took his passing very hard as we all did.
Chuck had allways felt like a second father to me and never more than in the past 6 + months since my own dad passed.
In fact we had many plans in place for after the holidays and i suddenly could not get ahold of him. I had not known he was in the hospital sick. When I finally got ahold of him he had only just been home and was very weak but when his wife told him it was I who was calling he mustered the energy to take my call and despite how poorly he felt he assured me the Doctors assured him all was ok. Probably the flu I had told him as it was everywhere.
He stayed on the line a long time with me working out some issues and making plans to get together as soon as he felt better.
Selflessly he gave me so much time.
We made our plans and I was to call in a few days to schedule lunch and also to make sure my oldest brother was there as he wanted to have lunch with us both especially so i could be there when he suprised my brother with the medals he had obtained for the shadow box my brother was doing to honor my dad.
I called many times and never got an answer.
Friday I went to pick up my daughter at school and in the freezing cold i was informed by a close friend Chuck had passed. I immediately contacted his wife only to find it was true he was indeed gone. Choked up beyond belief I contacted all the people who I knew had not known then broke down in tears.
I am comforted by the fact that in our last phone call I had expressed how much he meant to me and how important he had allways been in my development from a boy into an adult.
From such humble beginings he ended up teaching many cultures in other countries how to make poor soil into procuctive soil. He fought hard to get parity for the farmers. Against the odds he never stopped his crusade to get people to become more aware of the importance of understanding soil is and should be kept alive by organic methods often describing it like the skin of a man soil is he skin of the earth alive and vibrant when cared for properly. His passion for in organic gardening was infectious and i have him to thank for the beautiful plants and yard at my own home and I honor his teaching by sharing this with everyone who I can and especially as my daughter goes through school I show in a real way how huge a difference a plant will grow by giving her teachers plants and organic water.
Between the disbelief I feel that my relative and dear friend is gone I may have rambled a bit but Chuck had such a dynamic personality and knowledge base a darn good book about him would certainly make it to the best sellers list.
To his family we extend our condolences and heart felt prayers as I know he's sitting with my dad as I write marvelling at the view discussing current affairs and drinking coffee.
The world has lost a great man, but his legacy is left behind in the massive amounts of work he compiled. We all should do our best to honor his memory by taking a piece of his knowledge and spreading it anyway we can. It's what he would want. Another of his often stated comments don't let brilliant ideas die in the in box! Put them to use.
I am honored to have been so welcome in his life and how lonely the end of the Road is now that he won't be waiting sitting at his desk.
Chuck we Love you.
Rob Kim Amber Walter
Robert Walter
January 17, 2009
Like so many in the world of sustainable agriculture, we owe a debt of gratitude to Chuck Walters for his incredible work. Our deepest condolences to his family, our prayers are with you.
Judith and Mike McGeary
January 17, 2009
Rob Walter
January 17, 2009
Chuck was one of my closest friends and favorite cousins. He was also the most brilliant man that I have known in my life. I will always treasure the last lunch we had together a week ago. We spent many hours discussing politics and our favorite subject was the history and migration of our family from the Volga area of Russia to the Hays Kansas area. I will truely miss this brilliant man. I know he is now at peace and in the hands of God. May his soul and all the souls of the faithfully departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Good bye Chuck a man of your word and a man of peace. So long to a fellow Air Force veteran and I hope to see you again. Say hello to my Dad LeeRoy Walter recently deceased and my Grandfather Fred Walter a close friend and admirer of Chuck's work. Chuck please give your brother Joe a big hug after his tragic death for me and thank him for me for the civil war sword he gave me when I became a career military officer. You will now live in peace with family and friends and goodbye to one of the few World War II veterans. I am proud to call you my friend and send condolances to your family. Ann, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Do no hesitate to contact me for anything you need. Good bye to my most treasured cousin.
Michael S. Walter, USAF, (Retired)
January 17, 2009
Charles Walters was my Uncle, He was the kindest and most supportive man I have had the pleasure of knowing in my life. He will be sadly missed. God Bless you Uncle Charlie. Love and Thank you for always being there.
Helen Goodloe
January 17, 2009
Bart Hoss
January 17, 2009
Chuck Walters, A man of uncommonly good sense and a top expert in his field of endeavor will be sorely missed. He was my FRIEND.
Dr. Ed McDonagh
Dr Edward McDonagh
January 17, 2009
My dad, Leeroy walter, loved spending time with Charles. I know he is at peace and I can just see him and my dad talking about the economy and what is wrong with the world. I will keep you, Ann, andyour family in my prayers
David Walter
January 17, 2009
Chuck was a special friend though we were not close. Through Chuck I met one of my best friends ever, Dr Rich Olree. Chucks' wit and wisdom was rare amongst leaders today and he was a leader.
May we all reunite in a better place in the future. God Bless you and yours.
Allen Hoaglund
January 17, 2009
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