May 11, 1924 - July 3, 2010
Walter E. Veatch of Walla Walla and formerly of Athena, passed away on July 3, 2010, at the Walla Walla General Hospital in Walla Walla at the age of 86 years.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 10, 2010, at 3:00 p.m., at the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home Chapel in Milton-Freewater. Those who wish may make contributions in memory of Walter E. Veatch may donate to the Athena First Baptist Church children's programs in care of the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862.
Walter was born on May 11, 1924, the son of Benjamin and Erma Ethel (Elder) Veatch in Mosier, Ore. Walter attended grade school in Mosier and graduated from Mosier High School in 1941. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1942, serving his country during World War II. After his honorable discharged in 1945, he served in the Navy Reserves from 1967 until 1971 as a Radioman First Class. On January 8, 1949 he married Ada Flora Ellis in Athena. Together the couple raised four children. Walter was a member of the First Baptist Church in Athena. He served on the church counsel and taught Sunday school as well. Walter served his community in many ways including, Athena Fire Chief from 1953 until 1963, was on the city counsel and cemetery board, Boy Scout teacher as well as a Little League umpire for many years. He was also a member of the Wildhorse Lodge #65 AFAM and Athena's first citizen of 1990. Walter worked at the Athena garage as a mechanic for many years, and then became owner of the Athena Napa Auto Parts store before his retirement in 1989. Walter enjoyed traveling, Ham radioing, and crafts of all sorts including working with metal and wood, from which he would build gifts.
Survivors include his wife Ada at home; children and spouses, Robert and Ruby Veatch of Irrigon, Ore., James and Tammy Veatch of Walla Walla, Susan and John Sams of Pendleton, and Donna and Scott Christiansen of Vancouver, Wash.; brother, Benjamin Veatch of The Dalles, Ore.; six grandchildren, Sam, Feather, Jacob, Jessica, Ann and Ryan; seven great-grandchildren, Richard, Oscar, Tucker, Mehki, Rashann, Cassidy and Claire; several foster grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.