PRINCETON — Rev. Ralph H. Walters, 102, of Princeton, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, at River Oaks Health Campus in Princeton.
He was born Jan. 2, 1917, in Troy Grove, Illinois to Dr. Marvin and Ella Mae (Kelsey) Walters.
He served his country in the Navy, as a Fleet Marine and Coast Guard as a Navy Chaplain during WWII and the Korean Conflict. He was a graduate of Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin and McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. He was a Presbyterian Pastor his entire lifetime and served many churches, including the United Presbyterian Church in Princeton from 1961-1967 and Union Bethel Presbyterian Church near Mt. Olympus from 1998-2012. He was a former member of the Masonic Lodge, Odd Fellows Lodge (I.O.O.F.) and the Rotary International. He had resided back in Princeton since 1994.
Ralph is survived by his wife, Alice Walters, to whom he was married on Feb. 3, 1945, in New London, Wisconsin; two sons, Gerald R. Walters of Moberly, Missouri and Dr. David P. Walters (Anita J.) of Princeton; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and 20 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Rev. Donn Lee Walters in April of 2012, three brothers, and one sister.
A funeral service will be held at 12 p.m. (noon) Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, at Colvin Funeral Home in Princeton, with Rev. Larry Dodge officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the hour of service on Saturday. Burial will follow at Montgomery Cemetery in Oakland City, with military rites by Retired Military Veterans.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Princeton Presbyterian Church. Envelopes will be available at Colvin’s. You may leave a message of sympathy or light a candle in memory of Ralph at www.colvinfuneralhome.com. Colvin Funeral Home is honored to serve Rev. Walters family.