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R. H. 'Lefty' Walters

Jun 10, 2014 - Staff

R. H. "Lefty" Walters, formerly of Riverton, died Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, surrounded by family and friends. He was 88 years old.

A memorial celebration will be at a later date.

R. H. Walters was born May 23, 1926, in Detroit, the son of Henry and Edna Wallers. He moved to Colorado with his family in 1930, and they moved to Riverton in 1938. His prowess on the baseball field (he played Legion baseball at the age of 13) and softball field (he helped Riverton to a state championship in fast-pitch softball in 1956) as a first baseman earned him his lifelong nickname: "Lefty." He also was known as "Big Dog" by his teammates and friends.

He graduated from Riverton High School in 1943, enlisted in the Army and served his country as a paratrooper.

On May 21, 1949, he married Alma Zanetti of Hudson at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Riverton. They had two children: Gary and Kris.

They moved to Casper in 1961 where Mr. Walters worked for Johnson Testers, Texas Reamer and Richardson Trucking.

His family said he had an amicable personality and was loved by everyone. He often could be found "holding court" at Richardson Trucking later in life and the laughs were aplenty. They said he was an avid golfer and gardener and loved sports. The Detroit Tigers, Denver Broncos and Wyoming Cowboys were among his favorites to watch. He was proud of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and remained involved in their lives.

He is survived by his children Kris Richardson and Gary Walters and his wife Connie; grandchildren Amber Fazio and her husband Pete, Tracy Richardson and his wife Cebee, Craig Walters and his wife Karen and Mindy Walters; great-grandchildren Kayla Fazio, Taylor Fazio, Evan Fazio, T.R. Richardson and Calvin Richardson; brothers Hank, Kenny and Donnie Walters; sister Marion Jenness; and his companion over the last four years, Shirley Harvell.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alma, and his son-in-law, Ron Richardson.

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