Mr. Philip Walters, 86 died peacefully at a local hospital on Tuesday, March 30th.
Philip was born on September 10, 1934, to the late Damon and Alma Walters in Wausau. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1955-1957. He was united in marriage to Jo-Ann Kolbe on September 13, 1958, at St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Wausau.
Phillip was best known as a loving father and grandfather who enjoyed his family, visiting with friends, and farming. Over the years, his favorite times included turning the soil that brought smells of spring, breaking land which included picking rocks, cooking maple syrup, celebrating the 4th of July with lots of firecracker "bangs", excursions on his Gator through the woods, and Christmas parties with his milk route patrons. His fresh maple syrup and fresh garden vegetables will never be forgotten.
Phillip was active in several organizations, spending a large part of his life on the Town Board for the Town of Texas. He co-founded the Town of Texas Fire Department and remained an honorable member, served different roles at Calvary Lutheran Church in the Town of Pine River, and lastly was an active member with Marathon County Farm Bureau. He will be remembered for his dedication to serving others.
He will be dearly missed by his children Pat Soma, Black Creek, Pam (Jeff) Jansen, Kaukauna, Mark (Gina) Walters, Wausau, Todd (Tracey) Walters, Wausau, Paula, (Dave) Thurber, Fremont, Kent, (Jan) Walters, Wausau, Rick (Brenda) Walters, Wausau and 20 grand & great-grandchildren who he loved dearly. He leaves behind two siblings Phyllis Bliese, Wausau, and David Walters, Harshaw.
He is preceded in death by his parents and wife Jo-Ann.
Visitation will be at Helke Funeral Home, 302 Spruce St., Wausau, on Tuesday, April 6th, 4:00 - 8:00 pm. Funeral will be at Calvary Lutheran Church, N365 Cain Creek Rd., Merrill, in the town of Pine River on Wednesday, April 7th with visitation 9:00 - 11:00 am, service and burial starting at 11:00 am with Pastor Nicole Welke, then lunch following at the Town of Texas Municipal Center, 158644 River Hills Rd. Wausau. Calvary Lutheran Church has no restrictions in place, but masks will be available on site. All are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established that benefits the local community.
Philip's family would like to thank Shari Dickinson for her care and friendship, and the ICU Team consisting of Dr. Stysly and his staff of compassionate nurses.