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Donald Dean Walth

June 16, 1928May 15, 2020

Donald (Don) Dean Walth passed away on Friday, May 15, 2020 at the Western Nebraska Veterans Home in Scottsbluff, NE.

Don was born June 16, 1928 to George and Martha (Dietz) Walth at the family farm located east of Fairfax, SD. Following the death of his father from a farming accident in 1943, Don quit high school to work the family farm until it was sold in 1947. Don worked construction on the Fort Randall Dam and in 1948 moved to Norfolk, NE to work at the Nebraska State Hospital where he met his future wife, Phyllis Kortje.

On June 19, 1949, Don and Phyllis were married at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Hadar, NE and celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary in 2019. To this union two children were born: a daughter, Barbara Ann and a son, Gregory Lee.

Don was a proud veteran of the Korean War serving in the Army’s 630th Engineer Light Equipment Co from 1952 to 1953. Following his discharge from the Army, Don attended the Nebraska Technical School at Milford, NE earning a degree from its Diesel and Farm Equipment program in 1958. Upon his graduation, Don worked as a mechanic for several International Harvester dealerships in Nebraska and in 1966 became shop foreman at the company store in Omaha, NE. In 1971 he was promoted to his dream job as the District Service Manager serving the Western Nebraska, Northeastern Colorado, Northwestern Kansas, and Wyoming area until his retirement. Don also enjoyed his time working on IH’s wheat harvest support team.

In February, 2001, Don and Phyllis moved into the Western Nebraska Veterans Home where he enjoyed growing a garden including sweet corn, which was harvested and served during meals for members. Don also enjoyed watering the lawn, taking food carts between the kitchen and nursing section, and help setting up for church services. The family would like to extend their appreciation to the staff of the Western Nebraska Veteran’s Home for their support and care of Don during his retirement years spent there.

Don was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, the VFW, and the Korean War Veterans Association.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis; daughter Barbara; son Greg and his wife Robin; two granddaughters – Erin (Patrick) Ellis, and Emily; sisters-in-law Sharon Dolish and Beverly Kortje; brother-in-Law Bruce Cowen and several nieces and nephews.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Sisters -Delores Eitler, Phyllis Shipman, and Shirley Pelc, brothers-in-law, Edmond Eitler, Donald Shipman, Gordon Pelc, Donald Kortje, and Gene Dolish, and sister-in Law LaJean Cowen.

Memorials may be sent in Don’s name to St. John’s Lutheran Church and the Western Nebraska Veterans Home. Online condolences may be left at www.dugankramer.com


  • St John's Lutheran Church
  • Western Nebraska Veterans Home


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Lisa Freeman

May 19, 2020

Uncle Don was a much loved uncle. He was very kind and loved his family. His home-made ice cream was the best and my family, including my husband Brad and our sons Brandon, Collin, Austin, and Dalton loved listening to his stories. Lisa Freeman

Randy Shipman

May 18, 2020

Aunt Phyllis, Greg and Barb,

Uncle Don was certainly one of a kind with a great sense of humor. He and I had much in common (except I couldn't grow corn) and we spoke the same lingo. Over the past 3 years we had many conversation about International Harvester, Caterpillar, transmissions and engines, and companies and farmers he was service agent for -- and of course his many memories of Korea and how cold it was during the Korean War. The only time I ever heard him complain about the weather was his stay with us in Laramie one winter night at 41 below zero (I think 1973-74). He will be greatly missed by my family but never forgotten. See you soon.

Phil Pelc

May 18, 2020

So sorry to hear about Uncle Don. Have not seen him or Aunt Phyllis for a long time, but we did stay in touch through Christmas letters. Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers.

Anne Shipman

May 17, 2020

What I remember most about Don Walth is his infectious smile and his good humor. It was always a pleasure to be around him . Every year, on our way to see our kids and grandkids, we made it a point to stop in Scotsbluff to see Don and Phyllis Walth. These visits were special to us. One in particular stood out, as my husband and I helped Don plant his garden which actually ended up being a small cornfield. It was evident that Don loved gardening and made sure we got it done. We shared some precious time with him and also good laughs.
While going out to eat, we also discovered that Don was a master at filling ice cream cones for all of us. Smiling from ear to ear, he achieved a perfectly shaped mountain each time.
We will sure miss him dearly, but never forget him.


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