Rockdale,TX Class of 1965
2017 E. Villa Theresa Dr,  Phoenix, AZ  85022. 

Joe Walter
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Walter, Joe
70, of Phoenix, AZ passed away on February 17, 2017.

Joe William Walter was born on September 11, 1946 in McGregor, Texas to Charley Walter and Fannie Keenam. He died on February 17, 2017 at 335 PM at the Sherman House Hospice with his family by his side after a long, difficult battle with COPD, emphysema and heart failure. Joe was a man that lived hard, and loved even harder. His family meant everything to him. Joe was a Green Bay Packer fan and loved golf. He is survived by his long time love and life partner, Colleen Amarillas; his five daughters and son-in-laws, Crystal Bowman (Michael), Heidi Geary, Sarah Norberg (Johnny), Carly Forehand (Justin) and Alexandra Zeller (Tim); 18 grandchildren, 2 brothers, 2 sisters and multiple extended family members. Joe was a Veteran of the United States Army and served in the Vietnam War. Services will be held at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 10 AM. In lieu of flowers the family asks that a contribution be made to Hospice of the Valley . Their work allowed Joe to die with the same dignity in which he lived his life.

Published in The Arizona Republic on Feb. 26, 2017 - See more at:

Email received from Joe 2012-06-24:
"my wife of 32 years passed away on June 10 from complications from pneumonia"

Gayle M. Walter, 55, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away June 10, 2012 in Phoenix. Gayle was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 12, 1956. Gayle is survived by her loving family: Husband, Joe W. Walter. Three daughters; Sarah Walter, Carley Forehand, and Alexandra Walter. Parents; Arnold Nowinski and Harriet Prichard. One brother; Joseph Nowinski. One sister; Laura Sobocinski.
Visitation will be Friday, June 15, 2012, 5:00-7:00 P.M., Rosary at 6:00 P.M., at Phoenix Memorial Mortuary Chapel, 200 West Beardsley Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85027. Funeral Services will be Saturday, June 16, 2012, 9:00 A.M., also at Phoenix Memorial Mortuary Chapel. Burial will follow at Phoenix Memorial Park Cemetery.
Please join the Walter Family in remembering Gayle by visiting our Memorial at Through this site, we invite you to share your thoughts and fond memories with the family.

email received from Joe 2008-06-19
Good to hear from someone from the school.  I live in or just outside of Phoenix.  I own a towing company with 7 tow trucks.  I have lived here since 1975.   I have a fantastic wife and 3 great daughters, 2 live here and 1 in Vista, CA.  I miss the high school days.  I haven't been in touch with anyone since I left in 65.  Drop a line when you can.  See ya
email received 2008-06-20
I have been out of touch since I left in 65 after going in the Army. I spent a few years in the service, saw my share of the world, some good, some very bad. After I got out of the Army, I moved here to AZ where I ran heavy equipment for a few years, was a cop for 1 year, then drove semis for a few years,  got married and settled in Phoenix.  I have been in the towing business now for 30 years and then some.  I work out of Sun City which is just west of Phoenix. I have 7 trks. Fuel prices are really making it tough to make a go of it along with  insurance rates sky high.
I think of the old school lots and wonder what everyone is up to. I have not had any contact with anyone but you.  I hope that I will hear from some of the other classmates...If I can find a photo or 2 I will try to get it sent out. Thanks for writing.        (I dont have a motorcycle anymore)

Christmas Greetings:
I just want to wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season.  I hope everyone gets to spend quality time with family and loved one.   HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE.    
FROM   Joe Walter and family
sunny Phoenix az
(note from Jerry Caywood:  Thanks Joe.  Hope you and your's have a great Christmas and Holiday season also. And I hope you don't get sunburned! 
Joe Walter
Joe Walter - April, 2014
Text message rec'd 2017-02-19
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:30:30 GMT
Joe Walters passed at 332pm 2/17 per his daughter Crystal Bowman