Thomas Walters

Thomas G. Walters

Thursday, October 14th, 1937 - Tuesday, February 26th, 2019
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Thomas G. Walters, 81, formerly of Altoona, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, in Reno, Nev. He was born in Altoona. Surviving are his partner of 20 years, Edith Adams: two daughters: Mandy Elgin of Missoula, Mont., and Sharon Walters of McKenna, Wash.; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many extended family members. At the request of the family, there will be no viewing. A graveside service with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16, 2019, at Alto-Reste Park. A small reception will be held before the procession to the gravesite.
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    Alto-Reste Park
    109 Alto-Reste Park
    ALTOONA, PA 16601
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    A graveside service with military honors will be held at 11:00 AM March 16, 2019 at Alto-Reste Park


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Edith Adams

Posted at 02:21pm
From Thomas G Walters,
The Wall
by Capt. D.R. Brophey USMC

As I stand facing the ebony block,
I read the names on each polished rock

Here were the men I will never forget
The names and their ghosts who finally met.

A tombstone, a marker, a polished black wall,
Reflecting the sun and standing tall.

A long last tribute to our fellow brothers,
A grim reminder to all the others.

I felt the rain and I felt the cold,
But in my heart the pain.

In my body I felt the years,
As from my eyes I felt the tears.

We are tired warriors of a war that is past,
With minds that have aged before their due,
Bodies crippled before they grew.

Vietnam, Vietnam, what have you done?
A country of questions ruled by a gun.

Vietnam, Vietnam, etched in my head,
A memory of fears built by the dead.


Mandy Elgin

Posted at 01:11pm
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, Thomas G. Walters. Born in Altoona on October 14th1937, Tom died on February 26th2019 in Reno, Nevada at the age of 81 in the loving care of his partner of over 20 years, Edith Adams. He is preceded in death by his parents, Melvin C. Walters and Clara Walters, both of Altoona, as well his three older brothers; Kenneth Walters of San Jose California, Robert Walters of Altoona, and Melvin C. Walters Jr., of Tacoma, Washington. He is also preceded in death by a son, Roland James (Jamie) Wilson. A US Airforce Veteran, loyal to his country and his family, Tom served in the Vietnam War. He is survived by two daughters – Mandy Elgin of Missoula, Montana and Sharon Walters of McKenna, Washington. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Alice Walters of Altoona, two nephews; Richard Walters of Tacoma, Washington and John Walters of Phoenix, Arizona as well as two nieces; Barbara Walters of Puyallup, Washington and Jeannie Arcurio (former Miss Pennsylvania) of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He also leaves five grandchildren, and two great-grand daughters as well as some extended family. The grave side funeral with military honors took place at Alto-Reste Park Cemetery in Altoona, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, March 16th at 11:00 am.


Posted at 08:45pm
Thomas George Walters was always proud of Altoona, PA., He was a Renaissance Man capable of repairing and building almost anything, (things he learned at Altoona High School), excellent cook, seamstress, floral designer, he adhered strongly to his Pennsylvania Dutch roots. Gardening was a strong point. His roses grew and bloomed whether he watered them or not. He faithfully took care of wildlife in his backyard and was a generous contributor to animal charities. His main charity focus was to help his fellow Veterans. He was the kind of guy to jump in to help with hardly any notice. He would listen to Veterans' problems and try and find answers to help them on a one to one basis. From Nov. 2018 until Feb. 2019 he had been gathering items to help homeless youth. At the same time he was gathering items to help homeless Veterans. He never forgot where he came from and always wanted to return at the end of his time here on earth to rest with family and friends in Altoona. Thomas dedicated his life to protecting this Nation in the United States Air Force and then at United States Department of Defense. We should all be grateful for his dedication. Rest in Peace my loyal friend.

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