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Jan. 7, 1924 to July 27, 2017 - Willard was born on January 7, 1924 in St. Francis, Kansas.

Willard 'Willy' Martin Walter Willard was born on January 7, 1924 in St. Francis, Kansas to Herman and Elizabeth (Schlepp) Walter.  

In 1937, the family moved to Idaho, before settling in Oregon in 1942. Willard was a veteran of World War II, drafted by the U.S. Army and serving overseas. After his honorable discharge, he went to work for Marckx Bakery, delivering bread.  

In 1946, Willard met the love of his life Mary Palmquist, and they were soon married. Together they raised three children in their house in Fariview.

Willard went on to work as a driver for Multnomah County, where he stayed for 20 years. Through hard work and diligent saving, he acquired several houses that he managed as rentals. Willard mowed countless lawns, did most of his own painting and repairs, and gave his renters a unique personal touch. He was a landlord for over 60 years.

Willard also had a love for fishing and golfing, which he passed on to his sons and grandchildren. He also loved watching sports, taking care of his yard, and sharing homegrown raspberries with neighbors, and he could talk about all of it. Willard will be remembered as a man of many stories.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Mary. He and Mary were members of the Fairview Smith Memorial Mariners group for over 50 years.  

Willard is survived by his sons; Dennis and Douglas Walter, daughter; Patty Puppo, siblings; Clarence Walter, Jean Holbrook, Delphine Bennett, Norma Walter and JR Walter; nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

A viewing will be Friday, August 4 from Noon-8 at Gresham Memorial Chapel 257 SE Roberts Ave. Gresham.  A celebration of life will be at 2p.m., Sunday, August 6 at Gresham Memorial Chapel.  Private family committal will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

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