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Eugene “Gene” Walters passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday Sept. 22, 2021. Mass of Christian burial will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28 at Church of Corpus Christi, 1919 N Second St., Bismarck.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Pkwy, Bismarck. A prayer service and rosary beginning at 7 p.m. and sharing memories following.
Graveside services will be held 2:30 p.m. at Highland Home Cemetery, Jamestown.
Gene was born March 5, 1934, to Harold and Ruby Walters in Jamestown, North Dakota. He married Martha Heil in 1952 and together they had two sons, Douglas and Jeffrey. In 1971 he married Eldora Peterson and gained two daughters, Sharlene and Melinda. Gene managed elevators in rural towns, and later purchased Selz elevator in 1975. He also owned M&M Trucking with a fleet of ten semis. He retired from the business in 2002 and moved to Bismarck in 2004.
Gene was an avid fisherman – there’s no doubt if Heaven has a Lake Audobon, Gene has a line in the water, with a cold Diet Coke in hand, and a livewell filled with walleye; or an ocean with chest waders on, and a saltwater reel catching fish he didn’t know existed.
Gene was a lover of many things, but mostly his family. He would often pack his RV with kids, grandkids, or anyone who wanted to travel to Medora, Canada to fish, or anywhere the road took him.
Gene and Eldora spent 27 years wintering in Southern Texas, where they attended dancing parties, supported local basketball and softball teams, and went on numerous day trips just across the border to Mexico. They loved to travel – four times to Hawaii, which of all his travels this was his very favorite.
Gene will be missed for his contagious belly laughs, generosity, his quick sense of humor, and his selfless love for his family.
And when asked, he was “ready to see Jesus”.
Gene is survived by his wife of 50 years, Eldora; two sons, Douglas (Deb) Walters and Jeffrey Walters; two daughters, Sharlene (Chad) Miller and Melinda Ward (Terry Arnhalt); twelve grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Martha; grandson, Bucky Walters; sisters, Dion Tehran, Jeannette Knobel and Carol Meyer; brothers, Eldon Walters, Roger Walters; and his parents, Harold and Ruby Walters.
To share memories of Gene and to sign the online guestbook, go to www.parkwayfuneral.com