Walter's Story

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Walter was born on July 17, 1926 in El Dorado, Arkansas, to Fred W. and Edith Volz.  He died on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Hospice of East Texas in Tyler. 
He attended both parochial and public schools in Mission, Texas, and graduated from Mission High School in 1944.  He attended Edinburg Jr. College and graduated in 1951 from St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas, with a B.S. in Business.
From 1944 to 1946, he spent two years serving in the U.S. Army in Luzon, PI, in combat with the Sixth Army Division, C Company of the 63rd Infantry Regiment.  He had occupation in Korea in 1945 and 1946.
In December 1947, he married Betty Jo Ferguson in Mission, Texas. Together they have five daughters and a son; Sharon Volz, Mary and Ted Green, Barbara and Woody Edmiston, Margaret and Jim Poepsel, Cathi and David Fields, and Bart and Tiffany Volz.
Betty and Walter have eight grandchildren; Andrew and Paige Green, Sam and Minnie Green, Tim and Caitlin Holcomb, Stephanie and Brian Mahlke, Livia and Emma Fields, and Madeline and Meredith Volz.  Great grandchildren include Amelia and Elise Green and Marta Jane Holcomb.
Walter was an Eagle Scout, worked as a Professional Scout executive for 12 years and was recognized with the Silver Beaver in 1975.  He spent six years with the Catholic Diocese of El Paso, working in the Catholic Youth Organization. In 1971, he became Manager of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, and in 1974 joined the First National Bank in Jacksonville where he worked as Vice President for 23 years.
In Jack-
sonville, Walter was active in various civic endeavors including initiating Mud Creek Reservoir (later Lake East Texas and now Lake Columbia).  He worked with the Jacksonville Industrial Foundation for fifteen years and was instrumental in securing the Jacksonville Industrial Park in south Jacksonville.
He was a member of the Rotary Club for 39 years and served as president of the Club in 1975.  He was a Paul Harris Fellow.
Walter and Betty have always been deeply devoted to the Catholic Diocese of Tyler and Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Jacksonville where Walter gave his time, talents, gifts and love to various building projects and growing the faith community there.  His love of church, family and the civic community are his legacy.
Visitation will be held at Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville, Texas, from 5 to 6 p.m. on Monday, February 27, 2017; rosary will immediately follow with Rev. Father Mark Kusmirek presiding.  Mass of Christian Burial for Walter will be held on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church with Most Rev. Joseph Strickland, Bishop of Tyler presiding. Rev. Father Patrick Hartnett and Rev. Father Gus Tharappel will concelebrate with Bishop Strickland. Services are under the direction of Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville.
Published on February 27, 2017
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