Dean Allyn Walter
Dean Allyn Walter passed away peacefully on October 21, 2015, in Gresham, Oregon. Dean was born on June 17, 1931, in Ketchikan, Alaska, to his parents: Jesse Alva and Lulu Mae (Youngs) Walter. He graduated from Salem Academy High School in 1949.
On June 26, 1953, Dean married Grace Lovelace at the First Free Methodist Church in Portland. Dean and Grace attended Sanctuary Church, formerly Gresham Free Methodist, from 1962 until his passing. Dean enjoyed ministering in the church as a baritone soloist, and in various ensembles and choirs. He also assisted with the food pantry, and taking care of the church grounds.
Dean was a custodian for the Centennial School District for over 30 years.
Dean had a servant’s heart. He felt most fulfilled when helping others. He was friendly and outgoing, and he will always be remembered for his faith in Jesus Christ. Dean enjoyed camping, traveling across the country in his fifth wheel, and spending time with his family.
Dean is survived by his wife, Grace; his sister, Joann Lee (Dale) of Salem; his children, Dean “Allyn” Walter II (Tami), Steven Lyle Walter (Carla), and Ronald T Walter (Susan); as well as six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. He will be missed.
A Memorial Service will be held on November 8, 2015, at 2:00 PM at Sanctuary Church, located at 3101 SE Orient Drive, Gresham, Oregon 97080. A private interment was held at Forest Lawn Cemetery.
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