The major portion of his life was lived at Camden where he graduated from the High school with the class of 1907, and where he imbibed those principles which, coupled with his own native characteristics, developed a stalwart and noble manhood, destined to win for himself a legion of friends.
In the year 1918, during the World war, he answered the call of his country and served with characteristic loyalty in the 7th Coast Artillery for twelve months, seven months of which time he served over seas, and from which he was honorably discharged in 1919.
In early childhood he united with the Camden Baptist church and was ever a consistent church member. After establishing his home in Lowell he had his membership transferred to the Methodist Episcopal church in this place, in which fellowship he held a confidence and esteem with all whom he was associated, being a faithful member of an important committee of the Men's Bible class at the time of his death. He was also a member of Colfax lodge F. and A.M. in Lowell and the American Legion, Post No. 101, also in Lowell. He was also a member of the Brotherhood of Painters, Decorators and Paper Hangers of America, Local No. 8, at Gary. In these organizations, as in the church, he was a respected and worthy member.
On June 6, 1925, he was united in marriage with Martha Hathaway, and to this union one son, Dean Walter, was born.
He leaves to mourn his departure his beloved wife and three children -- Martha Jean, Junior and Dean Walter, also his father and mother, one brother, Walter C., and one sister, Lillian, and a host of other relatives and friends. But sad as it all seems, yet their sorrowing is not without hope. For in the world of the dear Saviour we find real assurance. "Whosoever believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live again."
Funeral services were held at the M.E. church Saturday. The church was filled with sorrowing relatives and friends to pay their last respects to a man whom they had loved and respected in life. Rev. E.A. Dougherty had charge of the funeral service. The members of Colfax lodge F. and A.M. and Lowell Post American Legion, of which organizations he was an honored member, attended the services in a body. The Masonic lodge performed their ritualistic work at the cemetery. The following members of the Legion Post were pall bearers: L.W. Brown, F.W. Minninger, Floyd Hamilton, Morris Gilbert, Harry W. Petrie and Clayton Randolph.
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