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Paul Richard Walther

Published On: Feb 11 2013 05:27:31 AM CST

MIDDLETON- Paul Richard Walther, age 86, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. He was born in Platteville on April 7, 1926, the son of Richard C. Walther and Alma R. (Willey) Walther. He attended elementary and high school in Platteville graduating in 1944. Following graduation, he entered the United States Army serving in World War II. He was in a field artillery unit and served in the European theatre until 1946. Upon his return he attended the Platteville Teachers College in Platteville and graduated with his bachelors of science degree in 1950 with a major in History. He then entered the family owned business, Walther Dairy and Walther Cheese House where he was associated until 1969. On Nov. 28, 1953, he married Jean Chesley of Oconto. To this union three children were born, Paula, Richard and Pamela. In 1969, he became a social studies teacher in the Platteville Middle School and taught there until he retired in 1989. During this time he attended the UW Platteville where he earned his master’s of science degree in education in 1973.

He was a long time active member of the Platteville United Methodist Church where he served in numerous capacities such as a Sunday School teacher, Superintendent of the Sunday School, Chairman of the Official Board, Administrative Board, Chairman of the Music Committee, Lay Member of Annual Conference and was a Choir Member for over 30 years. On the Methodist Conference level he was a member of the Conference Camps Board and served as its treasurer. He was also a member of the Madison Methodist Hospital Board for several years.

In Platteville, he served on the Chamber of Commerce Board and Dairy Day Committee where he was Chairmen in 1953. He was active in the Platteville Kiwanis Club where he served as President, Secretary and Lt. Governor. He was a member of the Jamison Museum Board, served as treasurer for six years, as a volunteer tour guide at the museum and was a lifetime member. He also served as a counselor for Citizenship merit badges for Boy Scouts for a number of years. He was a member of the Platteville City Band for 16 years.

In 1993, he and Jean moved to the Madison area. At that time they became members of Asbury United Methodist Church and were responsible for getting out the weekly church news letter, The Circuit. He also was a member of the Middleton Kiwanis Club where he received the Legion of Honor Award. On Oct. 2, 2010, Paul felt privileged to go on the Honor Flight trip with his friend and brother-in-law, Walter Pries.

Paul is survived by his wife, Jean Walther; children, Paula (Butch) Werla, Richard Walther and Pamela (Michael) Olson; grandchildren, Hayley Werla and Callie Olson; and sisters, Ruth Walther and Mary Sturm. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services will be held at ASBURY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 6101 University Ave., Madison, at noon, on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 with the Rev. Harold Zimmick presiding.

Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com

Gunderson West
Funeral & Cremation Care
7435 University Ave
(608)831-6761

Service:
Memorial services will be held at ASBURY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 6101 University Ave., Madison, at noon, on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 with the Rev. Harold Zimmick presiding.

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