Walter Syltie, Sr.

January 4, 2018

obit syltie DOC122717-12272017093637-0001May 21, 1927 – Dec. 25, 2017

Walter Syltie Sr., age 90 of Porter, passed away Mon­day, Dec. 25, 2017 at his home in Porter. Memorial Service was 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 at Bethel Lu­theran Church in Porter. Burial was at the Bethel Lu­theran Cemetery in Porter. Visitation was Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, two hours prior to the service at Bethel Lu­theran Church. Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel was entrusted with the ar­rangements.
Walter Syltie was born May 21, 1927 in Alta Vista Township, Lincoln County, in the house in which he lived for 89 years, to John J. and Anna (Gilbertson) Syltie. He was baptized and confirmed at the Lutheran church in Porter. He attend­ed country school in Alta Vista Township and trans­ferred to Canby High School in Canby. He graduated in 1944. Walter was drafted into the U.S. Army in Janu­ary 1953 and completed basic training at Fort Chaf­fee, Arkansas. Following completion of basic train­ing, he transferred to the 470th Counter Intelligence Corps at Fort Holabird, Bal­timore, Maryland. Walter completed Counter Intel­ligence School and served as an Intelligence Analyst at Fort Amador in the Panama Canal Zone. After transfer­ring to the reserves, he was honorably discharged in 1961.
After completing ac­tive military service he re­turned to farm and on June 18, 1956 Walter was united in marriage to Ramona Ann Fier. They raised three children—Christopher, Re­becca and Walter II.
As a farmer, Walter raised cash and feed crops and livestock. He had pigs, dairy cows, feeder cattle and stock cows (he always en­joyed seeing the new batch of calves being born in the spring). Walter retired from farming in 1995.
During his life, Walter was active in the American Le­gion and Porter Town and Country Club. He served on several county and town­ship governing bodies, sev­eral co-op boards, the Lin­coln County Fair Board, as a 4-H advisor, and was very active in Bethel Lutheran Church. Walter’s hobbies included bowling, hunting, fishing, bridge club, many card games, and he could always hold his own in a poker game. He enjoyed spending time with his fam­ily, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Walter is survived by his sister Peggy McCellan; his children—Christopher Syltie of Marshall, Rebec­ca (Richard) Clayton of New London, and Walter II (Jane) Syltie of Brook­ings, South Dakota; three grandchildren—Kelly Jo (Nate Miller), John Syltie and Will Clayton; two great-grandchildren—Jessa and Graham Miller; many nieces and nephews; and sisters- and brothers-in-law Den­nis (Martha) Fier, Pat Fier, Adrienne (Eldon) Ouver­son, Barb Fier and Karen (Roger) Moody.
Walter was preceded in death by his wife Ramona; his parents John and Anna Syltie; brothers and sisters Hans (Elvina) Syltie, James (Dora) Syltie, Agnes (Clar­ence) Johnson, Bruce McCel­lan, Ella (Robert) Blomberg, Cora (Arthur) Ochmcke, Laura (Floyd) Misner and Jane (Luvern) Dehlin; sis­ters- and brothers-in-law Rose Marie Hoffman, Har­old (Nancy) Fier, Jim Fier and Doris Mathews.
Blessed be his memory.