William (Bill) Reinhold Walter was born to Albertena and Albert Walter in Yorkton, SK on September 23, 1934. He was the second of six children on the family farm near Rhein, SK.
Bill moved to the Codette area in 1956 to help his dad’s cousin Gertrude and Carl Baumgartner on their farm.
Bill married Evelyn Johnson on July 8, 1960. They raised four children on the family farm: Raymond, Kent, Michael and Patricia. After Evelyn’s passing in 2007, Bill married Elaine Johnson on October 17, 2009.
Bill was well known for his commitment to community organizations and businesses. His most significant contribution was his 30 years on the Board of Directors for Pineland Coop, 16 years as the President. He also served on the Wheat Pool committee, various church boards, CCIL committee along with various other committees. He was always willing to help and give his time to others. He was very talented in a variety of ways, whether it was rebuilding a tractor engine, completely rewiring a house, or refurbishing a violin. For Bill, it seems no challenge was too great to overcome.
Bill loved farming! It was his life’s passion. It led to him becoming a registered seed grower. While farming and making a living was challenging throughout the years, Bill persevered and at the end, enjoyed a successful and happy retirement.
Bill will be fondly remembered for his incredible kindness and giving. His deep commitment to his family and to the community showed itself in many different ways. He passed away on October 5, 2021, not long after celebrating his 87th birthday with family members.
Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife Elaine; son Kent; son Michael (Jorie), Zach (Katherine), Emma, Madison (Anthony), Holly (Devon) and Danielle; daughter Patricia (Brad) Langridge Andrew (Emma), Teagan (Nick); granddaughter Letitia (Caleb) Grenier, Tyrel, Mahayla, Baylee; grandson James; step-daughter Leanne (Frank) Dennis, Trent, Thea; brother Erich (Margaret) Walter; sister Marlene Wiesner and sister Elsie Nagy, along with numerous nieces, nephews and their families.
Bill was predeceased by his parents, first wife Evelyn and her parents, Nettie and Harold Johnson, son Raymond, brother Bert Walter, brother Bob Walter, brother-in-law Norm Wiesner, brother-in-law Arnold Nagy, brother-in-law Ken Johnson, sister-in-law Mildred Johnson, brother-in-law Albert Johnson, sister-in-law Bev Hluchaniuk and brother-in-law Lorne Hluchaniuk.