OBITUARY

Walter T. Giles

December 15, 1920October 11, 2013
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Walter T. Giles West Des Moines, Iowa

Walter Thomas Giles, 92, passed away peacefully on October 11, 2013 at Arbor Springs in West Des Moines. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 16 at McLaren’s Chapel, 801-19th St. in West Des Moines with burial at Resthaven Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Walter was born December 15, 1920 to Chauncey K. and Eva M. (Wiley) Giles on the Dallas County family farm. He graduated from Valley High School with the class of 1938. Walter enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942 and served as 1st Lieutenant, B-17 Pilot, with the 15th Air Force. He was discharged in 1945 and returned home to the family farm and worked the dairy operation. Walter was active in real estate and land development in Dallas County. He and his wife, Luella, made their home at Lake Panorama for a short time before returning to the Waukee area.

Walter is survived by two brothers, Charles Giles of Grimes and Chauncey Jr. (Helen) Giles of Sun City West, AZ; daughter, Karen (Jay) Gerlich of Lake Panorama; granddaughters, Maggie (Garret) Armstrong of Avon, NY., Erin (Joel) Ambrose of Lake Panorama, and Elizabeth (Ryan) Ratcliff of rural Dallas Country; three great-grandchildren, Avery Ambrose, Caden and Adley Ratcliff. Walter was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bill Giles; sister, Margaret Giles Schima; and loving wife of 66 years, Luella Bishop Giles.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project (www.WoundedWarriorProject.org) or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Services

  • Funeral Service Wednesday, October 16, 2013
  • Visitation Wednesday, October 16, 2013
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October 18, 2013

With Deepest Sympathy in your time of sorrow.
May love surround you,faith sustain you, and hope encourage you day by day. May peaceful moments and cherished
memories bring you renewed strength and hope for tomorrow. Your loss is sincerely felt.
Georgye Neideffer,
Sun City, Arizona

Tomas/Ruth A. Munoz

October 16, 2013

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

PAT MILLER(MOBURG)

October 16, 2013

So many wonderful memories of Uncle Walt..after many times staying overnight with Karen....Aunt Lue would be fixing a healthy breakfast and Uncle Walt would get out the Soda and sometimes Goodies to go with. This made Aunt Lue very mad and she would tell him how this would shorten his life.I don't think Walt won that battle with Lue too often at the breakfast table....but in the end Walt won. He was the one that outlived all the Aunts and Uncles on the Bishop side.
Tomorrow I look forward to sharing memories with all his beloved family and friends....In Celebration of his wonderful Life.....

John Boeschen

October 15, 2013

Walt was the best uncle a kid could've asked for. Great sense of humor and fun to be around.

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