LTC Walter Fredrick Webber, retired, age 96, of Camp Douglas died on Thursday December 10, 2020 at the home of his daughter in Tomah, WI. Walter was born in Chippewa Falls, WI to Walter F Webber Sr. and Doris (Fredrick) Webber on May 6, 1924. Walter was raised in Chippewa Falls, and attended school there. Walter was united in marriage to Mary Eleanor Zimmerman on August 26, 1946 in Chippewa Falls, WI.
Walter started his military career by lying about his age and enlisting at age 15 into the US Army. In 1940 he went to Louisiana for boot camp and served with the 32d Infantry Division all through WWII in Australia, New Guinea, Philippines and Japan serving 42 months overseas. During that time (1943) while at Camp Cable, Australia he helped organize the 732d Maintenance Company. He ended his career as the Commander at the 732d Maintenance Battalion in Tomah as a LTC. He was also on active duty during the Berlin Crisis 1961-1962 at Fort Lewis, Washington. His federal career stared when he was hired as the second employee of the CSMS in March of 1947. He ended his career as shop foreman of the CSMS in May of 1979. His entire career was at the CSMS under the following State Maintenance Officer: Colonel’s Ralph Birkeness, Riley Robinson and Donald Schueler. Walter was proud that he served 40 years in the military and happy that he has been retired for 41 years.
Walter for many years was a ham radio operator, he was a gunsmith, and enjoyed wood working. He was highly active in St. James Catholic Church, serving on the cemetery board. He also made the church entrance doors.
Walter is survived by 3 daughters: Susan (John) Libretti of Tomah WI, Carol Chesley of Pueblo CO, and Mary (Lonnie) Martinez of Rio WI, by a brother Jerry (Betty) Webber of Minneapolis MN, and by his best buddy, his dog “Jack”. He is further survived by 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Walter was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mary, two infant sons John and Daniel, two brothers: Roger and Cecil, two sisters: Carol Chilco and Marge Johnson.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday Dec. 21, 2020 at 11:00a.m. at St. James Catholic Church (100 Bartell St) in Camp Douglas, WI. A visitation will be held at the church from 10:00a.m. until the time of service. Fr. Robert Letona will preside. Interment will take place later this coming spring. The Hare Funeral Home is assisting the family with services. Online condolences are available at www.harefuneralhome.com
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