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Walter Courtney, 91, of Terre Haute, went to be with the Lord Aug. 18, 2017, at 5:45 a.m. He was born March 28, 1926, in Sullivan County, to Joseph and Martha (Simmers) Courtney.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Ouida (Price) Courtney, whom he married Oct. 10, 1948. He was also preceded in death by his son, Lloyd; and his six brothers and six sisters.
Walter is survived by his grandson, Michael Courtney of Indianapolis; several nieces and nephews; many wonderful friends and family members; and very special friends, Brian and Kathy Cottom.
Walt, as he liked to be called, was a 1944 graduate of Shelburn High School. He was a member of the Terre Haute Church of God, the El Shaddai Emmaus Community of Illiana and Senior Seekers Bible Study Group. He was also a member of the International Society of Poets, having written poems about his hometown of Shelburn and growing up with his dad, who was crippled in one of the many coal mines in the area. Most of his poetry was biblical based. Walt retired from Public Service of Indiana Wabash River Generating Station. He was a volunteer at Union Hospital in the Chaplain's Office and in the Transitional Care Unit. He was also a lay minister, doing services in as many as nine nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Walt received many awards for his volunteer service: the Hospitality Award from Union Hospital, Volunteer of the Week from WBAK Television, Volunteer of the Year Award from Indiana Health Care for the local area and the Terre Award from the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce and Tribune-Star. He was past president of the Dalmatian Highlanders Chapter of Coachmen Caravan Camping Club. Walt loved to read the Bible, go to church and work for his Lord and Savior Jesus; he enjoyed fish frys and singing gospel music.
A special thanks to Heart to Heart Hospice, who cared for Walt with kindness and compassion.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, at DeBaun Springhill Chapel, 85 E. Springhill Drive, Terre Haute, Indiana, with visitation from 11 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Bishop Dennis Sanders will be officiating; burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to:
www.debaunfuneralhomes.com
Published on August 18, 2017
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