George Franklin “Red” Walter, son of James Alfred and Agnes Lucille (Findley) Walter, was born on March 28, 1932 on a farm three miles east of Prescott, Iowa. Franklin entered eternal rest on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at Alegent Creighton Health Mercy Hospital in Corning, Iowa at the age of eighty-one years, eleven months and six days.
Franklin attended first grade at Prescott School. His family moved to Corning when he was 7 ½ where he attended school until transferring to Methodist Grove Country School in Nodaway in 1942. Franklin graduated from Nodaway High School with the Class of 1949.
Following high school, Franklin assisted his father farming. When Franklin turned 18, he joined the United States Air Force during the Korean War where he honorably served his country as a Craft Instrument Specialist. He had overseas duty in Berlin, Germany and Laon, France, arriving home in 1953.
In the fall on 1953, Franklin started dating Ruby Wirth of Nodaway. They were married March 12, 1955 and three daughters were born to bless this union: Denise, Patricia and Colleen.
Red, as Franklin was nicknamed, played baseball and basketball throughout school.
Throughout his life he enjoyed fishing, hunting and traveling. He especially enjoyed his fishing trips to Canada.
Red partnered with Tom Haley and together provided custom farming for over thirty years. Red farmed all of his adult life after returning from the Air Force in the Nodaway area. Red had a passion for raising cattle. He also raised hogs and row crops. Red served as Director of the R.E.C. for 33 years; served on the Central Iowa Power Cooperative; Iowa Area Development Group; Adams County Conservation Board and various other boards and organizations. Red was also a substitute rural mail carrier for Nodaway and Guss, Iowa.
Left to cherish Franklin’s memory is his wife, Ruby Walter of Corning, IA; daughters: Denise (Dave) Pitman of Indianola, IA, Patricia (Roy) Johnson of Gravity, IA and Colleen (Kory) Thatcher of Minden, NE; grandchildren: Michelle Pitman, Jessica Johnson, Ryan Johnson, Jennifer Johnson and Laney Thatcher; brothers: James Walter, Jr of Corning, IA and Max (Maria J) Walter of Omaha, NE; several nieces; nephews; extended family: Janet Haley of Villisca, IA, Jenny Gilleland of Nodaway, IA, Jason and Chris Haley of Kansas City, MO and their children; other relatives and many friends.
Franklin was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; Robert and Clair Walter; three sisters-in-law: Dorothy, Zelda and Dolores Walter; father and mother-in-law: Ray and Lela Wirth and extended family, Tom Don Haley.