Joe K. Waltner passed away at age 80, on April 13, 2018, at Vista Prado assisted living home in Vallejo, Calif., from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Joe was born Aug. 22, 1937 in Butte, Mont. He was adopted at the age of two by Esther and Herbert Waltner of Hurley, S.D. He graduated from Freeman Academy in 1955. Joe graduated from trade school as a welder. He worked as a welder and a Ferrier until he took over the family farm south east of Freeman, S.D.
He married Carol Wallace of Vallejo in 1966. He is preceded in death by his mother, father and brother-in-law LaVerne Kaufman.
He is survived by his wife Carol of Vallejo; son Wallace and wife Mechelle of Overland Park, Kan.; granddaughter Melissa of Overland Park; sister JoAnn Kaufman of Marion, S.D.; nephews Robert Kaufman of Sioux Falls, S.D. and Jon Kaufman of Freeman; niece Peggy Kaufman Kesteloot of Marion and her boys, Aidan and Ashton.