Donald Earl Walters

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Donald Earl Walters

April 23, 1932 - December 22, 2018

Donald Earl Walters DOANLD EARL DONNIE WALTERS, 86, passed away peacefully following a brief illness on Saturday, December 22, 2018, at the State Veterans Home in Knoxville, TN.

Don was born in Monroe, WI on April 23, 1932, to Perry and Martha Walters. He defended our country in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. From 1950 1953 he served as a Master Sergeant during the Korean War. From 1954 1973 he served as a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, retiring with honors. He engaged as a training instructor with NATO, the primary focus on military weapons and training crews for NATOs F104 aircraft at the former Air Force Tech School at Lowry Air Force Base in Colorado. Don was an avid sports fan, particularly the Chicago Cubs and Bears. He enjoyed traveling and was a competitive pinochle player. Don was a devoted husband, father, stepfather and grandfather. Thank you, Don Walters, for your service and sacrifice for our country; you will be truly missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Perry and Martha Walters, along with siblings Cletus, Cyril, Ralph, Basil, James, Helen and Dorothy. Don is survived by wife Diane Sue (Schroeder) Walters and siblings LeRoy, Thelma, Margaret and Mary. Also surviving are children: Marcia Naftzger, Michael (Showni) Crump, Michele (Marc) Smitherman, Monica (Dale) Gibler, Margo (Mike) Gregory, Lucille Miracle, Deborah Ann Hill, Donald Earl Walters Jr., Perry L. Walters and Terence Walters; eight grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and two fur babies, Gidget and Benson.

A celebration of life visitation will be held from 4:00 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at the Morrison Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home in Morrison, IL. Interment will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 4th at the Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, IL. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to St. Jude Childrens Hospital in Memphis, TN.

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