A lifelong Democrat, he was an astute follower of current events. He occasionally wrote thought provoking letters to the Norman Transcript in support of Democratic policies. He attended Mass weekly at St. Thomas More University Parish where he had been a member since 1951. At his 92nd birthday party hosted by Dolores last March, Walter’s gracious nature was evident when he honored each of the guests with a personal introduction and praiseworthy anecdote, all delivered contemporaneously.
His four children are forever grateful for his enduring love and his example for them of a truly good and decent life, full of quiet dignity and courage. His seven grandchildren revered their Pop Pop and will miss him greatly.
Walter is survived by his wife, Dolores; his daughters, Paula and husband George Lader and their sons, Mark and Daniel, Nicole and her husband Thomas Tousley and their son Nicholas, and Claudia and her husband Michael Gallo and their daughters, Alexandra and Jessica; and his son, David and his wife Michelle Huhnke and their daughter Kate and son Henry; a sister, Anita; a brother, Francis; and Walter’s wife Dolores’ sons, Anthony and Michael Abraham and his wife Donna.
Walter was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara in 1995; his parents; and brothers Anthony, Bernard and Robert; sister, Marion; and infant sister Coletta.
The family will greet friends Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Havenbrook Funeral Home of Norman. Mass of a Christian Burial will be 3 p.m. Monday at St. Thomas More University Parish, 100 Stinson Street, Norman with interment following at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
The family has requested in lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Walter F. Scheffer Scholarship Award in Public Administration, University of Oklahoma Foundation, 100 Timberdell Road, Norman, OK 73072 or to St. Thomas More University Parish, 100 Stinson Street, Norman, OK 73072.
Arrangements for Walter and his family were placed in the care of the Vice family at the Havenbrook Funeral Home of Norman.
Norman Transcript, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013