Mead Mortuary

36930 Irwin Road, Barstow, CA


Walter Ralph Totten

June 4, 1944June 24, 2020

Walter was born on June 4, 1944 in Los Angeles, California to parents Gerald Wayne Totten and Mary Esther Totten (Breedlove). He graduated Rubidoux High School in 1963, after which he joined the Army and served from 1965-1967. He was Kitchen Supervisor and served many Officers as their private chef. His years cooking in the Army led him to love cooking, and an understanding of foods and prepping them “The right way”. He was Fondly remembered for his gravy techniques. And his love of spices which he suggested to his many friends and family during BBQ’s and Holidays. He spent his career working construction and was a member of Operating Engineers, Union Local 12. He resided in Yermo since 1995 enjoying his tenor at American Legion Post 797. He regarded the Legion as his home away from home where he spent time with many friends telling stories and solving the problems of the world.

Hobbies included hunting and cooking.

Survivors include wife Bonnie of Yermo; sister Donna Howard (Totten) of Arizona, son Travis of San Diego; daughter Carrie of Wyoming and grandson Cody. He also has many nephews and nieces. “Celebration of Life” at a later date.

Walter passed away on Wednesday June 24, 2020 in Yermo, CA.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.meadcares.com for the Totten family.


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Carolyn Morey

July 7, 2020

Walter, Was my husband for 14 years , I had two wonder children with him . We did end up ending our Marriage, but remained friends and shared our wonderful Children Carrie and Travis.
Walter was a great, Dad and I learned over the years I new him how special he was . He will be missed by all his family and friends

Carolyn Daly

July 6, 2020

Walt was a very thoughtful person. When my mom passed he helped do so much at the American Legend getting things done for us. He also was such a caring older brother to David and Donna. I know there is a Totten celebration going on in heaven. My prayers are with you all.

Brian Blackwell

July 6, 2020

Walter was my uncle, he was a good man with a good heart. He said it like it was no sugar coating, In my opinion some kids now a days need that..lol he tought me alot, camping, hunting, and most of all cooking. I spent many happy summers in Riverside at his house running the streets with my cousins. We will miss you uncle walt. Rest in peace.

Diane Bond

July 5, 2020

Walt made the best cuppa coffee and his Grilled Tri-tip was the best!! He once talked of owning his own diner and Anne and I said we would come and work with him. Lots of nice memories.🌹🌹