Walter J. Walsh

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Walter J. Walsh, 98, of DeGraff, Minnesota died Saturday, January 30, 2021 at the Gabriel House in Murdock.

Mass of Christian Burial was at 11:00 a.m., Monday, February 8 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Murdock. Visitation was from 2-4 p.m., Sunday at the church and one hour prior to the service.  Burial was in the church cemetery.

Walter Joseph Walsh was born June 5, 1922, to Henry and Mary (Foley) Walsh in Murdock. He grew up on the family farm where he started helping with chores at an early age. Walter attended country school near Murdock. Following his schooling, Walt enlisted in the US Army where he honorably served for two years during WWII. After his honorable discharge, he moved back to the farm where he continued working with his dad.

November 27, 1948, Walter was united in marriage to Catherine McCann. Walter and Catherine raised their family and worked together on the farm for 42 years. Walter was a hard-working, christian man who enjoyed farming his entire life.  He could be described as “a great man of few words and a lot of work.” He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was proud to know that three grandchildren carried out his legacy of farming and ranching. He was a loving husband, dad and grandpa.

Walter is survived by his children: Charles (Kendra) Walsh, Thomas (Lisa) Walsh, Mary Kay (Mark) Frederickson and Louise Waterman; grandchildren: Nate (Jayna) Frederickson, Sarah (Shawn) Frederickson Tatman, Dustin (Bobbi) Walsh, Ben (Catie) Waterman, Katie (Nick)  Waterman Lambert, Jackson Walsh, Halle Walsh and Mia Walsh; great-grandchildren: Teegan and Tiernan Frederickson, Olivia, Addy, Ella and Emmy Walsh, Ethan Waterman, Madi and Brooke Lambert; sister, Monica Osterbauer; and sisters-in-law: Mary Walsh and Albie Walsh; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; step mother, Nora Walsh; wife, Catherine; son, James Walsh; great-granddaughter, Brooklyn Walsh; son-in-law, Fran Waterman; siblings: Henry, Clarence and Jerome Walsh, Anna Scepaniak, Mary Fennell;  brothers and sisters-in-law: Alice and Albert Grosso, Don and Mike McCann, Lowell Fennell, Veldon Osterbauer, Joe Scepaniak; father and mother in-law, Ed and Alice McCann; nieces, Susan Scepaniak Sanders, Diane Walsh Nolan; nephews, Steve, Max and Joe Osterbauer, Greg Walsh.

Arrangements were with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar.

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