FORDYCE — Arlan Joseph Walter, 81, Fordyce, died Jan. 20, 2018, at the Hartington Care and Rehabilitation Center, Hartington.
Visitation will begin at 9 a.m., Friday, at the church.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Jan. 26, at 10 a.m., at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Fordyce, with Rev. Jim Keiter officiating.
Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Fordyce, with military honors provided by the Hartington VFW Post 5283 and the American Legion Riders.
Honorary Pallbearers are Marcus and Donna Potts, Clair and Kathy Rupiper, Ken and Toots Lockman, Mike and Denise Stevens, Della Eickhoff, and Mary Wiebelhaus.
Active pallbearers are Kurt Potts, John Potts, Brian Walter, Dean Walter, Doug Stevens, Tom Stevens and Mike Stevens.
The Wintz Funeral Home, Hartington, is assisting with the arrangements.
Arlan was born Jan. 30, 1936, in Fordyce, to Leonard and Veronica Elizabeth (Hochstein) Walter. He grew up in Fordyce and graduated from Holy Trinity High School in 1954. He served in the U.S. Army spending some time in Germany. After his discharge, he lived in Wynot, and helped build Gavin’s Point Dam. In 1963, Arlan and his mother moved back to Fordyce, and he worked construction with Elmer Hochstein and Norman Walter. In the 1970s, he began working at the Human Service Center, Yankton, S.D. Arlan moved to the assisted living in Hartington in 2010, and entered the Hartington Care and Rehab Center in 2011.
Arlan’s faith was very important to him, as he belonged to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and was active for many years in a prayer group. He volunteered in the lunch program at West Catholic School, Fordyce, and enjoyed fishing, bird watching and watching baseball.
Arlan is survived by a brother, Kenneth and Vicky Walter, Hatfield, GA, a sister-in-law, Jan Walter, Winfield, Iowa; two nieces, Kim Lampe and Michelle Blodgett; and two nephews, Brian and Dean Walter.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Norman Walter.