Stanley Walters

Stanley David “Opa” Walters, 68, died June 4, 2008.

He was born April 23, 1940 in Lebanon to Pansy and David Walters, the second-born of five boys and one girl. He grew up on Whiskey Butte in Foster.

Mr. Walters attended grade school in Foster and graduated from Sweet Home High School in 1958. He joined the U.S. Army in March 1960, serving as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division before transferring into military intelligence. He served overseas in Vietnam and occupied Berlin, Germany.

While in the service Mr. Walters marched in President Kennedy’s inaugural parade and met his best friend and the love of his life in Mannheim, Germany. He married Erika on Jan. 11, 1963. After his honorable discharge, they returned to the family farm on Whiskey Butte until 1968. He was a full-time custom farmer until becoming employed by the U.S. Forest Service as a resource officer.

In 1979 Mr. Walters and his family moved to Lakeview. He worked for Precision Pine as the logging and timber harvest manager. He ventured into self-employment as a restaurateur, candy and beverage distributor, owner/operator of the local bowling alley. At the time of his death, Mr. Walters was a very active, happily retired outdoor enthusiast.

Mr. Walters enjoyed hunting, fishing, hiking, scouting, guiding hunts, bowling with friends, his grandkids’ sporting events, cutting and chopping wood, his morning visits over coffee, daily walks around Lakeview, and story telling. He was lovingly referred to as “Opa.” He was a solid family man who took great pride in his wife, kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids, his community and his country. He always gave second chances looking for the potential and positive of each person he met.

Mr. Walters is survived by his wife of 45 years, Erika; his son, Ralph; daughters and sons-in-law, Susi and Steve Brazeal, and Martina and Jimbo Weiser; two brothers, Anthony and James; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; his faithful walking and fishing partner, Simon; and a number of friends and adopted family.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Pansy; his father, David; step-father, Louis; two brothers, Sidney and Timothy; and sister, Dolly.