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May 22, 1921 – Sunday, November 6, 2011

Service Information
Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo, Mn
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
1:30 P.M.

Visitation Information
at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, MN
Tuesday, November 15th, 2011
5-8 P.M.

E. Walters, age 90, of Buffalo, a loving husband and father passed away Sunday, November 6, 2011 at Buffalo Hospital.
Merle was born on May 22, 1921 to Bennie and Esther (Christiansen) Walters in Minneapolis, MN. In August, 1921 he was baptized at Zion Lutheran Church in Mpls. and confirmed in June, 1934 at Nazareth Lutheran Church.
Merle graduated from Roosevelt Sr. High School in 1939, then attended the University of MN and Gustavus Adolphus College until 1942 when he enlisted in the armed forces. During WW II Merle served from 1943–1946 in the U.S. Army Air Force as an aircraft pilot in the Pacific Theatre. During a brief leave from the service, Merle was united in marriage to Verna Jeanette Carlson on July 11, 1944. God blessed their marriage with four daughters.
After returning from the war, Merle was offered an employment opportunity in the insurance industry. Little did he know it was the beginning of a 59 year career. He started as an insurance agent and ultimately moved into several managerial positions primarily with the Mutual Service Insurance Company. From 1968 until he retired in 2005, Merle owned and operated his own independent insurance agency, Rockford Metro West, Inc.
Always an active member in his church, Merle served in leadership roles at Our Redeemers Lutheran Church, Mpls. MN; House of Prayer Lutheran Church, Richfield, MN and Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo.
Merle was preceded in death by parents, Ben and Esther Walters: son-in-laws, David Austin and Harold Tenney. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Verna: daughters, Lori Tenney of Buffalo, Jeanne (Randy) Sayers of Mpls., Sam Olson of Tucson and Susan Austin of Bourbonnais, IL: grandchildren, Geoffrey Tenney, Alisa (John) Ireland, Justin Sayers, Kelsey Olson, Mark and John Austin: great grandson, Jack Ireland.

Funeral services for Merle Walters were held on Wednesday, November 16 at 1:30 PM at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo. Pastor Ted Vanderpan and Pastor Luke Schmidt officiated. Interment with military rites followed at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Buffalo.

Diane Johnson was the organist for the funeral service and Jason Chalupnik was the vocalist.

A visitation was held from 5-8 PM on Tuesday, November 15th at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.

Honorary Casket Bearers were John Austin, Corse Pollock and Dale Lund.

Casket Bearers were Geoffrey Tenney, Mark Austin, John Ireland, Frank Worms, Rolf Mohwinkel and Philip Pollock.

The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made to

3 Guestbook Entries

  1. Moe and Carol Klingele

    Merle was a great friend and neighbor. Also a golfing partner for many years. We followed Merle and Verna from Plymouth Creek Townhomes to Stonehill Apartments in Plymouth. We are sad to hear of Merle’s passing and we offer the family our sincere sympathies. We are out of town but our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Sincerely, Moe and Carol Klingele

  2. debbie horsch

    I was very sorry to hear about the passing of Merle. I had been doing Merle’s and Verna’s hair at Hair Architects. I so enjoyed them! I enjoyed hearing stories about their family. They loved you all very much. My sympathy to the family. You were very lucky to have such a wonderful father and grandfather!

  3. Sue Austin

    Miss you so much dad. You were the best. Love you forever


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