1920 - April 11, 2010
Walter R. Herod, a lifelong Craig resident, died April 11, 2010, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig following a lengthy illness. He was 89.
Walt was born May 27, 1920, in Craig, the son of James Ray and Stella Elnora (Daum) Herod. He was raised and attended school in Craig, and graduated from Moffat County High School in 1940.
Following high school, Walt served in the Army National Guard, the Army and Army Air Corps and again the National Guard, from which he retired.
During two years of service in England, he was an engineer on a B-17 and flew 29 missions.
Walt worked for 30 years for Barrett’s Men’s Store, where he was a sales clerk and later manager. He married Loretta M. Paul on June 4, 1994, in Elko, Nev., and they enjoyed 16 happy years together.
Walt was an avid golfer and also enjoyed bowling.
He was a charter member of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, a member of American Legion Post 62 and the Craig Lions Club.
He is survived by his wife, Loretta Herod, of Craig; daughter Judy Hartl, of Grand Junction; sons Larry (Betty) Herod, of Craig, and Walter (Debbie) Herod, of Chandler, Ariz.; stepdaughter Sandra Harding, of Grand Junction; five grandchildren, one great grandchild, three step grandchildren and two step great-grandchildren; sisters Lillian (Paul) Decker and Blanche (Paul) Pippitt, both of Casper, Wyo.; and his brother J C (Florine) Herod, of Fruita.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service was April 16, 2010 at The Grant Mortuary Chapel with Phillip Gibson officiating. Various musical numbers were played by organist Chris Toovey.
Walter was interred at the Craig Cemetery with military honors by VFW Post 4265.
Memorial donations may be made to the Centennial Home Health Group in care of Grant Mortuary.