Joseph Daniel Walther, "Joe", age 91, passed away on March 15, 2014 in
Austin, Texas. Joe was born on March 7, 1923 in Dallas, Texas, to Leota
Goodbar Walther and Albert Daniel Walther. Joe graduated from Adamson High School in Dallas in 1940.
Joe received his bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from Southern Methodist University in 1950,
followed by masters degree in 1963,
followed by a Master of Science degree in research and development from Florida State University in 1966.
Joe joined the United States Air Corps on Dec. 7, 1942, serving his country for 28 years until he retired with honors in 1970. Joe flew over 24 missions during WW II, including dropping food to the starving people of Holland. He also served in the Korean and Vietnam wars. Joe flew with the "Antique Airlines" (Old men and old planes). After retirement from the U.S. Air Force, Joe obtained his Texas Professional Engineering license in 1980 and worked as a civil engineer for the City of Austin until 1999. Joe was an adventurist who loved to travel. He loved his family and friends. His witty striking influence along with the sparkle in his eyes will always be with those who were lucky enough to be around him.
Joe is survived by his wife of over 67 years, Gloria; daughter Lynn Dial of Providence, Texas ; sons Daniel (wife Julie) of Round Rock, Texas, Michael (wife Jeanne) of Vero Beach, Florida and Patrick (wife Michele), of Vero Beach, Florida; eleven grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren;
sister Mary Reynolds of Tyler, Texas; sisters in law, Bernice Stolle and husband Richard, and Mary Piland, and a multitude of nieces and nephews.
A viewing and rosary service will be held on Thursday March 20th from 6-8pm at Cook Walden Funeral Home, 6100 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, Texas. A memorable service will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 5909 Reicher Drive, Austin, TX on Friday March 21st at 11 am. In Lieu of flowers, and if desired, donations in Joe's name may be made to "Circle of Friends", 3901 Shoal Creek, Austin, Texas; or Mike's Place (Meals on Wheels and More), 3227 E. 5th ST., Austin, Texas; or Sacred Heart Church. Words of comfort may be left for the family at www.cookwaldenfuneralhome.com