William Arthur “Bill” Walther

July 5, 1920 — Sept. 16, 2011

William Arthur “Bill” Walther, 91, died Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, at Life Care Center in Littleton, Colo.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. today, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, at All Souls Catholic Church in Englewood, Colo.

Bill was born July 5, 1920, in Berwick to William and Ethel Seeman Walther. He graduated from Morgan City High School and attended Louisiana State University, graduating in 1941 with a degree in petroleum engineering.

He enlisted in the United States Army in January 1942, serving in Africa, France and Germany during World War II. He was awarded the United States Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service during the war. He also was awarded three bronze battle stars before leaving active duty in 1945 with the rank of captain.

On Jan. 3, 1943, he married Margaret Allynn Drury at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Morgan City.

Bill spent more than 40 years working in the oil and gas industry. Along with other career highlights, he was highly involved in development of the oil fields on the north slope of Alaska. His professional career included employment with Southern Production Company, Sinclair Oil and Gas, and Atlantic Richfield.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Allynn of Littleton, Colo.; son, James Walther and wife Joan of Englewood, Colo.; daughters, Lynne Klemke and husband Ronald of Oshkosh, Neb., Diane Bakel and husband Ronald of Loveland, Colo., Ginger Shearer and husband Robert of Loveland, Colo., and Mary Smith and husband Gary of Littleton, Colo.; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Other survivors include nephews, Gregory Kreider of Houston and Kent Kreider of Laurel, Miss.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Dorothy W. Kreider; his son, William III; and a daughter, Jane.

A memorial in Bill’s honor has been established at the Parkinson’s Association of the Rockies. Drinkwine Family Mortuary in Littleton, Colo., is in charge of arrangements.

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