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Bernard 'Bud' L. Walter

1934 - 2013


Bernard "Bud" L. Walter, 79, of Watertown, passed away on Friday, March 8, 2013, at Rainbow Hospice Inpatient Center in Johnson Creek.


Funeral services for Bud will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Christ United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Rick Brewer of Marquardt Health Center officiating. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watertown.


Relatives and friends may call at the Hafemeister Funeral Home on Monday from 4 -8 p.m. and at the church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorials would be appreciated to Rainbow Hospice Inpatient Center in Johnson Creek or to Christ United Methodist Church in Watertown.


Bernard Lee Walter was born on Jan. 27, 1934, the son of Herbert and Irma Amelia (Russell) Walter Sr. in Mauston. On June 6, 1952, he married Beverly Farm Sarnow at the Methodist Church in Mauston.


Bud and his wife moved to Watertown in 1957 and he farmed in the Watertown area his entire life. In 1966 he won the Outstanding Young Farmer award and in 1984 he and his wife hosted Farm Progress Days. He was a member of the local Farm Bureau, Foresters, and held several offices in 4-H. He was also member of Christ United Methodist Church and served as head usher and on several other committees. Bud loved spending time with his family while enjoying farming, fishing, playing cards, dancing, and semi truck driving.


He is survived by his wife Beverly of Watertown, his three children, Jim (Nancy) Walter of Watertown, Mike (Sarah) Walter of Johnson Creek, Pat (Dennis) Breselow of Watertown, 10 grandchildren, Dawn (Tim Thyberg) Walter, Brock (Lindsey) Walter, Pam (Lee) Schuhmacher, Nick (Mandy) Walter, Adam (Heather) Walter, Tony (Jenny) Walter, Brad (Kristy) Walter, Karisa (Steve) Grunewald, Korey Stark, Katrice Breselow, 16 great-grandchildren, a sister Laura Jannisck of Belvidere, Ill, a brother Willard Walter of Mayville, sisters-in-law, Lucille Walter of Hebron, 111., Marian Walter of Beaver Dam, Betty Walter, Elaine Walter both of California, a brother-in-law and sister-in-law Asa (Sandra) Sarnow, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


Bud was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Raymond, Reinhard, Wilbert, Howard, Ervin, Donald, John, Herbert Jr., Robert, father and mother-in-law Tony (Edythe) Sarnow.


The Hafemeister Funeral Home of Watertown is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at





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