Walt was born to Walter F. and Henrietta (Mueller) Huth on August 29, 1931, in Karnes County, Texas. After college he joined the U.S. Army and during his twenty year career he was with the 11th and 82nd Airborne, Military Intelligence, and Army Aviation. He was a decorated veteran of Korea and Vietnam. While on temporary duty with the CIA in 1956 he met and married Donna Grace Bowbeer of Arlington, Virginia on December 8, 1956, and had three daughters.
After retiring from the Army in 1971, Walt and Donna lived in McAllen, Texas and later moved to Kerrville in 1977. Walt worked in landscaping for several years before he and Donna opened an arts and crafts store called Donnarts. They enjoyed traveling and visited all fifty states as well as several countries. Walt was an avid hunter, fisherman, and loved woodworking and gardening, especially growing orchids. In his final years he became a gourd artist and much of his artwork was displayed annually at the Southwest Gourd Art Show in Kerrville. He was a lifelong Lutheran and locally a member of Zion Lutheran Church.
Walt was preceded in death by his parents. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 54 years, Donna, his brother Harold and wife Pauline of Austin, sister-in-law Sandra and husband Frank Sorrow of Fairfax, Virginia, and the families of his three daughters, Katy & Keith Jones of Kerrville, Christine & Chris Wallace of Killeen, Allison & Brad Bowdon of Cedar Park, grandchildren David & wife Ashley Jones, Robert Jones, Vaughan Christy, Avery Christy, Darrell, Spencer, and Holly Bowdon, three great-grandchildren, two nephews, four nieces, and many cousins and friends.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Berg, Dr. Barrington, Dr. Silman, Dr. Campos, Dr. Young, Sarah Dubois from Pulmonary Rehab, and the wonderful nurses and aides at Peterson Home Heath Care and Hospice for giving him three bonus years.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Zion Children Center, Peterson Hospice, or Hill Country Youth Ranch.
Services will be held Saturday, 19 November 2011 at 2 pm at Zion Lutheran Church with Pastor Rauhut officiating.
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Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville.