Eddie John Walter, 68, Leavenworth, Kan., passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 1, 2019 at his home. He was born to Joseph and Bertha (Andersen) Walter on June 29, 1951 in Yankton, S.D.
Eddie grew up on the rural family farm in Freeman, S.D.
He attended Independence 86 grade school, Freeman Public High School, where he was looking forward to attending his 50th year reunion at the end of the month. He graduated from Southern State Teachers College in Springfield, S.D.
Shortly after graduating, Eddie enlisted and served 24 years in the U.S. Army where he received many medals and accolades. After retiring from the service, he was employed by the United States Post Office, Kansas City, which is where he had been currently employed at the time of his death.
During his time in the Army he met his first wife, Nan Suk, who preceded him in death in 2000. From this union, survives a daughter, Kristy (Kenneth) Jones. Eddie later married his wife, Jane, who survives at the home. From this marriage survives an adopted son, Justin (Dori) Walter. Eddie also leaves behind to cherish his memory four sisters: Mary Jo Walter, Donna (Roger) Schoon, Judy (Tom) Olsen and Janet (Warren) Scherschligt; seven grandchildren: Madailein, Dominick, Abby, Clay, Kalithea, Kenneth and Leon; and many nieces and nephews. Eddie was preceded in death by his first wife, Nan Suk; his parents; and a brother in law, Delmer Walter.
He enjoyed playing cards, drinking, going to monthly Rod and Gun club meetings, and was always up for a good debate. He loved to come home to Freeman for the annual Fourth of July celebration.
Funeral service was Friday, August 9 at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Burial followed at Mt. Calvary Cemetery with military honors.