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Walter Earl Charlton

March 13, 1949October 15, 2020
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Walter “Walt” E. Charlton, age 71 formerly of Sandpoint, ID passed away Thursday, October 15, 2020. He was the son of the late Earl and Lois (Jones) Charlton. Walt was born March 13, 1949 in Vancouver, WA. He graduated from Sandpoint High School in Idaho in 1967 and was then employed at Harold’s IGA. He fought in Vietnam from February 1969 to October 1970 after completing a tour in Germany. Walt was honorably discharged while stationed in Ft. Meyer, VA in 1972. He then went to work for Kirk Lindsey Construction Company in Washington, DC from 1972 – 1974. From 1974-1976, he went back home to Sandpoint, ID and worked for Dalby’s Exxon.

Walt met Earline K. Cooley at the Washington, DC May Day demonstrations in 1971. They were united in marriage at the Hitching Post in Couer d’ Alene, ID on April 3, 1976.

They made their home in Arlington, VA where Walt taught automotive mechanics under the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA program). He then worked for a short period at Goodyear in Tysons Corner, VA.

In February 1981, Walt & Earline moved to Norman, OK where Walt started his postal career at the USPS Technical Training Center (NCED). He was an instructor there until he retired in December 2010. Walt was passionately devoted to his beloved Oklahoma Sooners and always showed his love for the Crimson & CreamBOOMER SOONER. He also enjoyed traveling to compete in racquetball tournaments. He even won a National tournament for the age group 55 and over.

Walt was preceded in death by parents Earl & Lois Charlton, brother Chuck Charlton, father-in-law Kenneth Cooley. He is survived by his wife of 44 years Earline K Charlton, mother-in-law Mary Cooley, sister Bev Charlton of Carson WA and brother Danny (Sonja) Charlton of Rhoadesville VA, brother-in-law David (Charlotte) Cooley of Dawson Springs KY and sister-in-law Patsy Charlton of Laclede ID, nephews: Chris (Terri) Charlton, Derek (Angie) Bachmann, Scott (Stephanie) Cooley, nieces: Kristina (Xon) Elkins, Cindy (Aaron) Charlton-Seitz, Jennifer Charlton, Ann Moore and Jennifer (Phillip) Thomas as well as several great nieces & nephews.

A memorial gathering will take place Monday, October 19, 2020 at 1 PM at Primrose Funeral Home, located at 1109 N Porter Ave, Norman, OK. The service will be live streamed via the Primrose Funeral Home’s Facebook page. In lieu of flowers, donations to Norman Meals on Wheels, 528 E Main St, Norman, OK 73071 is encouraged.

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  • Memorial Service

    Monday, October 19, 2020

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Luke Sylvester

October 22, 2020

Great memories of OU/TX weekends, I know it was Walt's idea to invite us kids. As soon as I got my permit, Walt nicknamed me Good Driver Good Driver and was often the chauffeur. I learned to take pride in my work from Walt, I mowed his lawn many times and stood back to inspect it, just as he did. I find myself trying to be the roll model Walt was to me and many others. Walt and Earline attended every football game my senior year, even the one that was the Friday night before OU/TX. Walt and my mom came to the game then we drove to Dallas afterwards together. Walt and Earline were with me for each of my deployments. Thanks for all you have done for me Walt. I love you and will miss you very much.

Woody Hill

October 19, 2020

Walt proved himself the true Road Warrior for USPS. I had the good fortune to make many trips with him. They would always be a joy because he always had a plan. He had something to see or do while we were there. On one trip in 2009 he hauled me to the Indy 500 museum. I had no idea it existed, and it was a wonderful experience. I will miss his wonderful encouraging nature and his smile. Walt absolutely loved everyone.

Inez Johnson

October 19, 2020

Earline, we couldn't attend due to Covid 19 but were able to view the beautiful tribute to Walt online, thank you! Walt had such an uncanny ability to make everyone around him feel special, you felt it every time you where in his presence. His love for people and life will stay with me always! Like Jerry says, "He was one of the good one's," he will be missed!

Earline, you have so many beautiful and fun memories to cherish. You will always be in our thoughts and prayers with love!

Inez and Jerry Johnson

Jack Karst

October 19, 2020

To my brother in Arms and Combat, May you always soar with the eagles and be remembered for your big heart,wisdom, and respect.
Walt and I shared many childhood memories of preschool staying at family and friends by babysitting each other while always wanting to test the strength of both. We spent many summers swimming and hiking at the Dover beach, while always wanting to explore other things. In our high school years we spent many nights War Memorial Field which was home to the Sandpoint Bulldogs football team. Every game was always packed at the stadium and we would always go under the bleachers and try to steal a kiss from our favorite girls.
Walt's mom Louis worked with my mother Lorna Ames at what was known at that time as the Sandpoint Cafe where most of the morning meals were prepared for all of the loggers who worked and lived in the area. While both our mothers were working we became brothers, like two peas in a pod we built a childhood lasting friendship.
Earline, Always remember what Walt did and try to forget what Walt wanted to do. Our home will always be open for you, for whatever you need or whenever you need it.
Walt you will always be remembered and looked up too when respect and home life needs to be repaired and restored. Your heartfelt guidance and times will always be remembered. I have shared all my experience with Mary and my family and grandkids as much as could. Those special times were always remembered but were always not remembered when my dad came home and whooped my butt which i'm sure always happened at your house Walt.
My Brother in Combat you will always be honored and respected as the person I want my children to look up too. We will meet again when its my time to soar with the eagles.
Love and our condolences to all,
Jack and Mary Karst

Bev charlton

October 19, 2020

Walt was a wonderful brother! I will miss him very much, miss his calls to me. I know he is in Heaven with Chuck talking football and thing boys do. I hope he will save a place for me when I die, with a garden. I love you Walt.





Pat Schroder

October 19, 2020

To know Walt is to love him. He was such a great guy! Praying for peace and comfort for Earlene and the rest of his family.

Kathleen Vetick

October 19, 2020

Hi Earline, our thoughts and prayers are with you and the many, many family, friends, peers, neighbors, children, and all who were blessed to be around you and Walt. Praying your journey from here on is graciously peppered with many virtuous and supportive helpers. Praying your own daily issues, challenges, and concerns will be shared knowing that many hands make work lighter. We all have so many happy, loving, accepting memories of the two of you. God bless and help you as you walk on your grief path knowing you are loved, cherrished and only a phone call or prayer away. Love always, cousins John and Kathy Vetick.

Lisa Roth

October 19, 2020

OU/TX weekends, love the memories!

Lisa Roth

October 19, 2020

Special memories for OU/TX weekend dinners!

Tonya Bachmann-Richards

October 19, 2020

I didn't know my uncle very much but i did have several short conversations on messenger with him over the last couple of years. From the stories my mother has told me about him he was a great man. I wished that I could have known him better. Good bye uncle Walt now you can have fun being an angel and never worry about ever getting sick again.

Love always, Your first niece,
Tonya

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