A memorial service for William Brent "Bill" Walter, 82, Hennessey, will be held Fri., May 12, at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church. He died Mon. afternoon, May 8, 2017. Cordry-Gritz Funeral Home of Hennessey is in charge of the arrangements.
Bill donated his body to the OU Medical Research Program.
He was a third generation publisher of The Hennessey Clipper which was in his family from 1904-2014. He retired and sold the newspaper in late Dec. 2014.
He was born in Dewey April 27, 1935, to Art and Jean Walter.
In 1945, at the age of 10, he was putting up leads and slugs as a Printer's Devil and was delivering printed death notices after school. At 15, his dad finally let him print the newspaper on a press once used to print Baby Ruth candy wrappers. Bill's newspaper education and jobs varied: Central State, 1953; Okmulgee A&M Tech, one semester linotype operation, 1954, then ran linotype at Okeene Record that summer; OU journalism major and part-time back shop employee at Oklahoma Daily, 1955-58; Alva Review-Courier, linotype operator, summer of 1958; backshop employee at OBU Press for a few months, 1958; returned to OU as a part-time student and full-time Oklahoma Daily employee, 1958; graduated from OU, 1962; PR director, Cimarron Electric Cooperative, Kingfisher, 1963-67; PR director, Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, Okla. City, 1967-81, and managing editor, then owner and co-publisher, The Hennessey Clipper, 1977-2014. Hennessey 110 S. Main - Office building 2350 sq.ft. mol, busy street location, large store front, 2 large open areas, 2+ office areas, large kitchen, newly remodeled large bath, high ceilings, new roof, lots of storage, easily renovated to fit your needs! Hennessey 704 Wrangler - Very NICE NEW HOME 2109 sq.ft. mol, 4 bed, 2 bath, extra luxuries - surround sound, sprinkler system, central vac system. To place an order or for more information call one of our consultants Monday - Saturday at 800-433-2950 or firstname.lastname@example.org M-F 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. 1-800-433-2950 Fax 1-580-777-2899 www.dunnsfishfarm.com Delivery of Channel Catfish, Bass, Hybrid Bluegill, Redear Bream, Coppernose Bluegill, Fathead Minnows, Black Crappie and Grass Carp are available for Pond and Lake Stocking. Friday, May 19th 12:00 - 1:00 P.M. Hennessey CHS, Inc 121 W Kansas We furnish hauling containers! ~ Live Delivery Guaranteed! ~ Discounts/Special Deliveries on large order! ~ Turtle Traps, Fish Feeders, Fish Traps! ~ Decorative Fountains, Aerators, Windmill Aerators! ~ Vegetarian Control, Pond Fertilizers Placing orders are recommended! transmission repair needs. AREA'S BEST BUSINESS REVIEW Presented by: Metro News ©2017 All Rights Reserved. 1-800-580-1039 Spending more and buying less? Maybe you should be shopping at WALMART in Enid, where your dollar goes a lot further! Conveniently located at 5505 W Owen K Garriot Rd., phone (580) 237-7963; this full line department store offers something that most other stores can't compete with... the area's very lowest prices on EVERYTHING! Food to feed your family, toys to entertain your children, school supplies, sporting goods, tools, and auto accessories. Nearly every little thing you can think of! Most "regular" retail department stores feature "full retail" prices. At WALMART, this is not the case! Here you get the service you want, the quality you look for, and prices you can afford! Open 24 hours, they can meet all of your needs at any given time day or night. If you shopping for appliances or furniture WALMART offers you the kind of quality you deserve. We, the editors of this 2017 Area's Best Business Review offer this suggestion to the people in our area: So, whether or not you need a big grocery shopping trip, get your tire changed or pickup a prescription, do what smart shoppers do...make WALMART your one-stop shopping headquarters for the best products, the largest selection and the ultimate in everyday bargains!
He was a big promoter of the Hennessey community and loved its people, even if he couldn't always remember their names.
When he first returned home in 1977, he said that he drank five cups of coffee around a table at Wong's Restaurant (without a bathroom trip) just so he could hear a guy's name that he should've known without asking. No one ever said it, so he had to ask him.
Bill loved photography and was the newspaper's expert in that department. His collection of cameras were donated to the Hennessey Public Library several years ago, and are still on display. Another Hennessey graduate donated $3,000 to the library to set up the Barbara and Bill Walter Digitized Hennessey Clipper Collection for research.
Bill was a past president of the Hennessey Lions Club, Hennessey Chamber of Commerce, Retail Merchants Association, Kiwanis Club and Hennessey Celebration Inc. He was chosen as co-grand marshals of the 1989 Pat Hennessy Celebration Parade.
He won numerous awards for his photography, editorials and newswriting. The Clipper was named Hennessey's Business of the Century by its readers in 2000.
Bill was inducted in the HHS Hall of Fame in 2004; the state Journalism Hall of Fame in 2008, and the Okla. Press Association's Half Century Club in 2013.
Bill is survived by his wife of 45 years, Barb; five children. Courtney B. Walter (Diana), St. Louis, Jill D. Jenkins (Barry), Edmond, Tracy L. Anderson (Terry) of Perry, Amy C. Carpenter (Cham) of Edmond and Nick Walter, Hennessey; seven grandchildren, Jarrod (Jess), Rachel, Dylan, Katy (Michael), Cody, Kinsey, Gracie and Emerald, and one great-granddaughter, Lorelai Josephine.
Memorials are suggested to the donor's choice, or the Okla. Newspaper Foundation, 3601 N. Lincoln, Okla. City 73105; the state Alzheimer's Association, 3448 E. 81st, Suite 3000, Tulsa 74137, or the Hennessey Public Library (Research/Walter Clipper Collection).
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