OBITUARY

Rick Walther

November 4, 1952August 1, 2018
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Richard “Rick” Lawrence Walther took his party to heaven on August 1st at 10:38pm. He was surrounded by the utmost love with his wife Cindy, daughter Katie and son Chris by his side. He is also survived by his daughter Melanie, Brother Mike and Sister Sue and their families. His five beautiful grandchildren: Sophia, Indyra, Theodore, Oliver and Claire will miss their “Honey.” He also has five fur babies that are still eating his shoes. He collected incredible friends from all the many parts of his life, many of whom we consider family. He was born in New Orleans on November 4, 1952 to Fred and Millie Walther. He was the first graduating class of Brother Martin and finished his College Degree at St. Mary’s Dominican College before finding his passion for law enforcement. He started his career with Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office before moving on to the Kenner Police Department, where he eventually retired in 2012. In his 30+ year run in law enforcement, he did everything from street patrol to detective, narcotics to community outreach, and was both a SWAT team member & FBI National Academy graduate. In “retirement,” he joined the City of Kenner Code Enforcement, which he would say is “The only job where people hate you more than being a cop.” His passion for his job grew from his desire to help people. His integrity brought a universal respect from all of those who have had the pleasure of working with him. He was charming, charismatic, and intelligent. And he sure could throw a great party. As cliché as it sounds he loved Cops (the tv show), Live PD, crime novels and guns. But above all else, he valued his family. It didn’t matter what we were doing as long as we did it together. Trips to Florida and California serve as a backdrop for some amazing memories; but truthfully, his Green Acres dream farm has been where our family has had some of the sweetest moments. His decision to have his grandkids call him “Honey” (before they were even born) shows what a teddy bear he had become. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to C.O.P.S – Concerns of Police Survivors at nationalcops.org. Memorial services will be held at Leitz Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans Memorial Blvd., near Clearview Pkwy., in Metairie. The wake will be Monday, August 6th, from 6pm-8pm. The memorial services on Tuesday, August 7th, will include visitation from 9am-11am, followed by Mass. Graveside services and interment will follow at Silver Springs Cemetery in Osyka, MS at 3:00 PM. The online guestbook is available at www.leitzeaganfuneralhome.com.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, August 6, 2018
  • Visitation Tuesday, August 7, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, August 7, 2018
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, August 7, 2018
REMEMBERING

Rick Walther

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Wesley Bott

August 29, 2018

I met Rick when we were reservists, in Harahan, for the Harahan P.D. He went on to JPSO & Kenner P.D. and I went to the CHP. I'd come home every Mardi Gras and we'd have lunch or talk a couple of times while i was here. When I retired and moved my family here, Rick would call to have lunch about 3 times a year.
The news of his death hit hard because Rick was going to accompany me on a trip to West Sacramento for the CHP Retiree Day, at the CHP Academy. When I told Rick that I was going(it's my first time) Rick asked could he go. I said sure and a HUGE grin came to his face. Next thing he said is... I can also visit my daughter and grandchild in San Francisco. He was ALL ABOUT family. He was respected for his professionalism and his kindness for his fellow man. Rick will be missed by ALL who met him and had a bond of friendship. Rest in Peace my friend and May God give the portion of His Holy Spirit to Rick's family as they go through their grieving process.

Duke Atkins

August 18, 2018

The Walther Family,
I just found about Rick's passing tonight and am greatly saddened by the news. Rick and I met when we attended the FBI National Academy in Quantico,VA back in 2006. His dorm room was about 3 doors down from ours and when he introduced himself to me he said "Rick Walther.....Walther like the gun". I knew he was a gun guy and we hit it off from the start. He was always providing some humor throughout our stay due to the "mixing" of cultures between him and his room mate who was from outside of the USA. During our long "running" sessions through the beautiful Virginia country side, he and I would probably rather have driven so we formed a 2 man organization we called the "Down Hill Running Club". We walked up the hills and trotted on the down hill side. Stayed in touch after we got out and for the last several years I had been trying to get him to come on this side of the river to Texas and attend our annual "FBI NA226 Hog Slayer's Society National Training Conference" at our hunting property. This past March he finally came. Seems he always had either a new grandkid coming or a kid getting married for several March's in a row and just couldn't tear himself away from his family. I think he was really getting into the grandkid thing as he talked about them constantly while we were at the hog hunt. He did harvest a hog and I took the photo that you posted. He really enjoyed himself and was planning on coming back again next year. He was a good friend and will be greatly missed. I am so sorry for the family's loss. He was a great guy and impressed me that he always put his family first. Please reach out to me if I can do anything.
D.R. "Duke" Atkins, Jr., Lieutenant (ret)
Houston Police Department
FBI NA Session 226
FBINAA Texas Chapter, 2nd Vice-President

Bill Walther

August 7, 2018

When I got out of the hospital in 2013 I talked with Rick about dialysis and kidney transplant. We have talk at least once a month. I will miss those talks. I am so sorry for your loss and the kids. Mike and Susie my heart is broken for all of you. Love you all. Bill

Corinne Pritchett

August 7, 2018

Cindy and Family

My heart goes out to you on the loss of your beloved husband, father and grandfather. Rick was such a nice guy. Always had a smile on his face and a joke on his lips. I saw Rick a few days before his accident and the last thing he said to me was... call me if you need me and I knew he meant it. Ya'll have just fine memories of Rick, share them, that helps ease the pain of this tremendous loss.

Love,
Corinne

Jan Kettenring

August 6, 2018

Dear Cindy and Family,
My heart was recently broken by my husband's death, and now breaks even more for each of you because I know the void that Rick's absence will bring.
I met Rick when he and his fellow officers hosted the first Kenner Citizen Police Academy, and, from the moment he introduced himself, the entire class felt as though we already knew him!
Not knowing what we were in for, he immediately put us at ease, though he had the last laugh with some of the pranks he pulled on us.
He was a wonderful friend who spoke of his family often, and, was a dedicated law enforcement official who will be missed by those fortunate to know him.

Betty Lucy

August 6, 2018

I meet Rick in 1992 when he took over the Neighborhood Watch Program. I also did The Citizen Police Academy with him. He was apart of Mine & My Kids life and we thought of him as Our Family. He was always there for me & my kids when we needed him. Since my own family wasn’t. He told my kids to call him Uncle Rick instead of Officer Rick or Mr. Rick. He was an Amazing man and I will miss him Dearly. I am so very sorry for his families loss. Rick, His Family, Friends and The Community will be in My Thoughts & Prayers. Hugs & Kisses for you until we meet again.
This picture that I am posting is sitting in my living room for my Daddy that past away about 30 years ago. So now this will be for you as well.. I also have a Christmas tree for my Daddy and I will add stuff on it for you. So that I have you with me and my family.
Love,
Betty & Kurt Lucy
AKA: Betty Austin

CANDACE ZAMORA

August 6, 2018

You have made me a better person since i started working at code.. you knew when something was wrong with me, when you didn't see that big smile. Always coming up to the window, to see how my day was going and making sure i was working or acting like i was working, either way you didn't care as long as i had that big smile on my face.. you were always a call away, no questions asked ... miss you lots and love you... it's not a goodbye but a see you later!

love you!
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Tammy Curet

August 6, 2018

I just wanna say this man was and still is a good man! May Officer Rick Walther A.K.A Uncle Rick Rest In Peace!! He was loved and he will always be loved by his family and friends!! We will all miss him dearly!!! From the time we meet and became his friend and called him officer or mr. Rick and after a while he told us that we could call him Uncle Rick so that's what my sissy and I did!! We have been calling him that since we where in Elementary school and that's been since the year of 92!! He was a happy guy all the time!! 😭😢😭😢 Its so sad to see him go but, I guess God needed him sooner than we all thought!!! I have a lot of good memories in my head of him so that will have to keep me going!! To his family I'm very sorry for your loss!!! I love you and will miss you Uncle Rick, but you will always be in my heart!!! Hugs and kisses from me to you!!!!

Bruce Anderson

August 6, 2018

Thoughts and prayers for a long time friend and the entire Walther family. My you find peace knowing that Rick was respected and loved by all those who knew him. Rest in Peace.

Kenneth Anderson

August 6, 2018

You always welcome and greeted me and My Wife as family, and family is what we became. You will always be missed, but memories are forever. We will never forget you My Friend, My Brother.

Kenneth and Pamela Anderson