William W. “Bill” Walter

William W. “Bill” Walter

Jul 12, 1940 – Oct 18, 2017

William “Bill” Whitney Walter was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on July 12, 1940, the son of Robert H. “Bucky” and Dorothy E. Walter. He attended Benson High School and graduated in 1958. Bill served in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1966, when he was honorably discharged. He then attended the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Bill married Sue Ann Novak on June 2, 1962 at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha, Nebraska. Bill worked almost his entire career in the transportation industry with Butter Nut Bread and Old Home Bread. Bill and Sue raised their family in Omaha and have three daughters: Mary Howell (Terry), Heidi Jansen (Mike), and Susie Tyrakoski (Ray); 10 grandchildren: Sarah Swistak (Brent), Megan Magana (Grant), Connor Doerr, Ashley Tyrakoski, Colton Howell, Gage Tyrakoski, Audra Howell, Ryan Jansen, Zachary Jansen, and Beth Jansen; one great-grandchild, Bradyn Swistak. Bill and Sue retired to Cass Lake, Minnesota in 2002. During retirement, Bill was very active in his local snowmobile club where he served as president for many years.

Bill passed away at his home in Cass Lake, Minnesota on October 18, 2017 at the age of 77. Bill is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sue Walter; his daughters: Mary Howell, Heidi Jansen (Mike), and Susie (Ray) Tyrakoski of Omaha; his 10 grandchildren; his one great-grandchild; his brother, John Walter (Stacey) of Exeter, California; sister, Judy Zajac (Darryl) of Parker, Colorado; his brother-in-law, Dennis Wilson of Valley, Nebraska; numerous nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Robert Walter; sister, Julie Wilson; and son-in-law, Terry Howell.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, October 25th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, 7805 W. Center Rd., followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL Thursday, October 26th at 10am at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 7790 S. 192nd St., Gretna.  Interment, Calvary Cemetery with military honors by Millard American Legion Post 374 & VFW Post 8334.  In lieu of flowers, if desired, a memorial gift in honor of Bill may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.




  • Doug Robinson Posted October 20, 2017 7:27 pm

    Bill was a great guy, Gina and I will miss him very much.

  • Chris Hare Posted October 22, 2017 11:39 am

    Bill was a great guy. He always made work so much fun. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Teresa Mohon Posted October 22, 2017 7:27 pm

    I certainly enjoyed getting to know Bill, through his friend Ed R. It’s obvious he will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

  • Sandy & Marty Blount Posted October 23, 2017 2:02 pm

    We enjoyed seeing Bill and Sue during our week at Leech Lake each summer. We are sorry for your loss, Sue.
    You and your family are in our prayers.

  • Tammy Morgan Posted October 26, 2017 7:22 am

    What a great man. Never met a stranger. His joy, love and presence will be missed. #GBRfamilyforever ❤️

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