Walter Howard Adkins

January 24, 1924March 19, 2013
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Walter Howard Adkins East Lansing, Michigan

Went to be with the Lord Jesus Christ on March 19, 2013 at the age of 89; born January 24, 1924 in Dyersburg, TN.

Walter served in the U.S. Marine Corp at the rank of Sergeant during WWII on Iwo Jima finishing his service at Okinawa. In 1955 he started working at Fisher Body until he retired in 1991. Walter enjoyed retirement by working on his house and his kids houses for many years.

As a young man he took on the duties of farming 32 acres instead of going to the 8th grade so his family could live. As a father he never stopped giving to his family.

Walter was preceded in death by his wife Sue; mother and father, Ruby Mae Owen and William Adkins; 3 brothers, Virgil and Louis Cupples and Kenneth Adkins and 2 sisters, Myra Moss and Dorothy Carter. Surviving are his daughters, Janice Adkins of Lansing, Sheryl (Jim) McIver of Brownstown, MI; sons, Wallace (Christie) of Killeen, TX, Terry (Doris) of Dyersburg, TN, Brian (Lisa) of Haslett and Brent (Jane) of Lansing; 11 grandchildren, Carol, Howard, Lou, Dustin, Allison, Brian, Jr., Erin, Scott, Brittaney, Raquel and Amber; brother, Morris (Ethel) Adkins of Chelsea, MI and special nephew, Billy Cupples of Las Vegas, NV.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, March 23, 11:00 a.m. at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 1730 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing with the Rev. Curt W. Dalaba, officiating. The family will receive friends on Friday, March 22 from 5-8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Assembly of God of Greater Lansing, 2717 West Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823 in Walter’s memory. On line condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Friday, March 22, 2013
  • Visitation Saturday, March 23, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 23, 2013

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April 1, 2013

I grew up next door to Walt and Family until I was 16 ,they were also my family,very close to them, Bless all of the Adkins family. Annette Wheeler

Aaron Lisa Tiede

March 25, 2013


We are so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. The brief portion of his life that is shared in this write-up shows what a remarkable man he was. What an honor to call him your Dad. Our thoughts are with you.

Aaron and Lisa Tiede

Kayleen Feher

March 21, 2013

Your father (and mother) were constantly in my life, from the time I was born until your mother's death. Your parents were a beacon of light, and the caring they showed to others was wonderful. Your father is now back with your mother and all is well. I hope and pray that you find some measure of comfort with this. From everyone in my family (Elenore Feher-grandmother, Kenneth Feher-father, and Lesa Feher-aunt) we extend our condolences to everyone in your family. ~Kayleen R. Feher

Rockey Miller

March 21, 2013

My condolences to the Adkins family, I worked with Walt at Fisher Body for many years and found him to be a pleasure to work with and to be around.

kelly cupples-matson

March 21, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with uncle walter and his family, may he rest in peace.
love always Kelly
daughter of the late Jerry Cupples I