VeteranRobert Walters

Robert WaltersRobert W. Walters, 78, of Astoria died at 3:41 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003, at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla.

He was born Aug. 27, 1924, in Oakland Township, Schuyler County, the son of Lester and Fern Lybarger Walters. He married Barbara Wickert Parry on May 5, 1969, in Ipava. She survives.

Also surviving are one stepdaughter, Linda Shaw of Macomb; two stepsons, Dan (and Lisa) Parry and Jim Parry, both of Ipava; one stepbrother, Fred (and Dorothy) Riebling of Industry; two stepsisters, Shirley (and Elvie) Norris of Astoria and Joy Claassen of Washington; three stepgranddaughters; and four stepgreat-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one stepbrother.

He was a World War II Army Air Force veteran, and a 50-year member of Astoria American Legion Post 25 and Lewistown Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He started a Producer's Dairy route in Astoria in 1948.

He built Bob's Dairy Dipper restaurant in 1951, added the Astoria Laundry Mat next to it in 1959 and built Walters' apartment buildings in 1976.

He was one of the Astoria businessmen who helped build the Astoria Care Center, now known as Astoria Gardens.

He served on the Astoria Building and Loan Board, the Astoria Town Board and the Astoria Park Board for several years.

He also served on the Board of United Soft Serve and Fast Food Association for eight years.

He donated property for the first Habitat for Humanity house built in Astoria last year.

He was a member of the Master Mason Grand Lodge of Vermont Masonic Lodge 116, AF&AM for over 50 years, and the Illinois Valley Shriners ANSAR Temple for 47 years.

He was a member of the Macomb Elks Lodge. He also was a member of the Scripps Golf Course in Rushville and Alligator Club, both for over 40 years.

He was a member of Astoria United Methodist Church in Astoria.

Services were held Tuesday at Shawgo Memorial Home with Rev. Marian Stone officiating. A Masonic service was accorded by his Masonic Lodge at the Monday evening visitation. Burial was in Ipava Cemetery, where military rites were accorded by his American Legion Post.

Memorials may be made to Astoria Public Library or Astoria Fire and Rescue Squad.

Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 1/29/2003

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