The son of Powell homesteaders died Tuesday, May 24 at Powell Valley Hospital. He had recently been a resident in the Powell Nursing Home.
He was born Nov. 26, 1912, in Millerton, Nebr., to John and Elizabeth Winkelman and moved with his parents to a homestead northwest of Powell in 1917. He was educated in the Powell schools.
He married Ethel Robertson of Lovell in Billings, Mont., in October of 1935. The couple had two daughters, Barbara and Jo Ann (Jodie).
Walter farmed southwest of Powell and owned and operated a school bus from Elk Basin to Powell during the days of the Elk Basin camp.
In 1957, he moved to Bakersfield, Calif., where he was branch manager for B&W Inc., an oilfield equipment company. He retired from that position in 1981 and then was manager for an oilfield services company.
He moved back to Powell in retirement 12 years ago.
Survivors include his daughters, Barbara (Dexter) Dearcorn of Powell and Jodie (Robert) Berchtold of Powell; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.