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Walter Vanderwood

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Walter Vanderwood

June 2, 1922 ~ May 13, 2014

Walter Vanderwood, 91, of Wenatchee, WA, was received into the arms of his beloved Savior, Jesus, on May 13, 2014. Walter was born on June 2, 1922, in Buist, ID to Walter and Sarah Jane (Woodland) Vanderwood. He was raised and educated in Yakima, WA and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Walter met Geneva Johanna “Jo” Leusink at a roller skating rink in Yakima. They were married on August 24, 1946 in Hull, IA, and made their home in Prosser, WA. They moved to Grandview, WA in 1954, where he owned Walt’s Auto Repair. In 1967, they moved to Yakima, where he worked at Morton’s Supply as a heavy equipment mechanic until he retired. Walt and Jo were full time RV’ers for many years, making many friends and visiting relatives. After Jo passed away, Walt traveled for two years; then moved to Wenatchee. The last four and a half years he lived with his daughter, Sharon. In 2013, he and granddaughter, Alesia, took the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Prosser, Grandview, and Yakima, and, in recent years, he attended the Dryden Community Church (with his friend, Jean Rosendahl), and Wenatchee Free Methodist. He was also a member of the Senior Center and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He loved time with his family, making sure everyone was happy by chiming, “Is everybody happy?!” Walt enjoyed doing any helpful project, playing pool, card games, fishing, camping, and using his metal detector to find treasures with and for his grandchildren.

He is survived by three children, Sharon Morris and friend, Wolfgang Mueller of Wenatchee, Sandra Reich and husband, David of Kalispell, MT, and Rodney Vanderwood and wife, Kim of Lacey, WA; brother, Henry Vanderwood of Yakima; six grandchildren, Alesia, Nanette (James), Stacie (Nick), Katie (Brandon), Jonathan (Leena), and Jena (fiance;, Scott); seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Geneva “Jo”; three sisters; and two brothers.

Graveside Services with Full Military Honors will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at the Prosser Cemetery. Memorial services will begin at 12:00 Noon at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Prosser. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Research. You may sign the online guestbook and leave a message of condolence for the family at

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