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Walter J. Braten

January 31, 1930 ~ April 25, 2022 (age 92)

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Walter J Braten passed away on the evening of April 25, 2022. Walter was 92 years old and was born in Peoria, Illinois on January 31, 1930 to Anna and Frank Braten.

From son, to husband, to father, husband again, grandfather and great grandfather. As a pastor, he married a lot of our family. His sons to their wives and grandchildren to their spouses. He is survived by his wife Patricia Braten, his sons and their families: Valentine and Jean Braten, Paul and Lana Braten, John and Becky Braten, Adam Braten, and Clifford Braten. He is also survived by grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents Anna and Frank Braten, as well as his step-father Allen Sperry. He is also preceded by his first wife, Lyliss Woodward.

Walter studied at Anderson College and got his degree in seminary and went to Ball State College and got his teaching degree. Through the years he never stopped studying and learning.

He worked, as a boy, as a stock boy, later for an optometrist. He made slats for a Peoria brewery. He worked as a lab assistant at a sewage treatment plant. He worked at Delco Remy making auto parts while attending college. He was a substitute teacher in Anderson, Indiana.

He moved to Toppenish, Washington, with his family to be a missionary and Ordained Minister for the Church of God based out of Anderson, Indiana. At the same time he was a school teacher at Toppenish Junior High.

Later he was a counselor for Juvenile Parole, and at Hanford as a patrolman and as part of the Tactical Response Team (TRT) and finished as a Quality Control Representative. He was active in the Democratic Party including running for office as a state representative.  And always a comedian through it all.

He considered being a standup comedian, but when mom became pregnant, he decided he needed a more reliable job. He always had a joke or a pun to add to any conversation or sermon or speech. He saw humor in just about everything and passed that along to us boys and it was common to hear a reference to “Oh, that is a Walt joke”.

Walter loved to hunt and to fish and was a great lover of the outdoors. He was always marveling at God’s handiwork in all of nature.  

Viewing will be at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside, WA  3-6 P.M. on Friday April 29 and Saturday , April 30 from 8:30 A.M. to 9:30 A.M.. Graveside will be at the Lower Valley Memorial Gardens  at 10:00  A. M. on Saturday, April 30 followed by a Memorial Service at Smith Funeral Home at 11 A.M.. Reception will follow at the Grandview Community Church of God. All are welcomed to attend. Those wishing to sign Walt's online memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com   Smith Funeral Home is in care of arrangements. 

 

 

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Services

Viewing and Visitation
Friday
April 29, 2022

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Smith Funeral Home
528 S. 8th St.
Sunnyside, WA 98944

Viewing and Visitation
Saturday
April 30, 2022

8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Smith Funeral Home
528 S. 8th St.
Sunnyside, WA 98944

Graveside Service
Saturday
April 30, 2022

10:00 AM
Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, Sunnyside WA

Celebration of Life
Saturday
April 30, 2022

11:00 AM
Smith Funeral Home
528 S. 8th St.
Sunnyside, WA 98944

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