Walter was born Nov. 8, 1930, to Gilbert and Selma Loe in Grimstad Township in the house where he lived until he entered Roseau Manor in 2005, due to a stroke. He was baptized and confirmed at Riverside Lutheran Church in Wannaska. He attended grade school in Grimstad and graduated from Roseau High School. He continued farming after graduation.
He and Melva Jenson were married in 1952 and remained together for the next 61 years. Blessing this union were three children; James (Sandi) of Royalton, Paul (Mona) of Thief River Falls and Mary (Greg) Lund of Cottonwood; six grandchildren, Dawn, Amanda, Jessica, Mitchell, Alyssa and Nathan; and 10 great-grandchildren. Walter loved his family and was extremely proud of each of them. Walter operated a dairy farm until 1988 and upon retirement from farming had the opportunity for employment with the D.O.T. which he enjoyed for 11 years. He enjoyed several hobbies which included reloading ammunition and hunting in Wyoming with his sons. He was also a licensed amateur radio operator. A dream come true for him was getting his private pilots license and having his own planes and airstrip. Restoring old tractors also gave him many years of pleasant pastime. What Walter enjoyed most over the years was the opportunity the Lord gave him to serve as a lay pastor throughout the area. He was blessed to assist Pastor Bob with services, Bible studies, Sunday school, and as a youth group leader. It was an incredible blessing to meet and have fellowship with all the various congregations.
Surviving Walter is his wife Melva; children; grandchildren; great-grandchildren and special brother, Gilbert, plus many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Manfred. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 1st at 2 PM at Roseau Community Church. Visitation will be Friday from 5-7 PM with a 7:00 prayer service at Helgeson Funeral Home in Roseau. Interment will be at the Riverside-Mickinock Cemetery at a later date.