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John W. Walti

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On Sunday, January 12, 2014 John Wallace Walti, formerly of Lafargeville, die peacefully in his home in Las Vegas, NV.

John was born March 1, 1923 in the Town of Clayton to Welcome Walti and Jennie (Decker) Walti. He graduated from Lafargeville Central School, Class of 1939.

A veteran of World War II, John enlisted in the United States Navy on September 10, 1942 and completed recruit training in Newport, RI. Later on he was assigned as a Yeoman aboard Submarine Patrol Craft PC 1197. Later he as assigned aboard the mine sweeper YMS 400. He was honorably discharged as a Petty Officer First Class on March 21, 1946.

On January 11, 1947 John married Joyce Lucile Bates. John was employed with Crowley Foods in LaFargeville from 1948 until his retirement in 1985.

John was appointed to the Town of Orleans Zoning Board of Appeals in June 1973 and served as the chairman until March 1977. At that time, he assumed the duties as Zoning Officer and Building Inspector and held that position until 1991.

John was a Life Member of the American Legion and was one of the charter members of Klock-Smith Post 1788 in Lafargeville. He served as that post’s very first commander. During his years with the American Legion, he served as the County Commander for Jefferson County from 1983 - 1984 and later served as the Sergeant at Arms for the Department of New York from 1984-1985. He served on Klock-Smith Post’s executive board until 1991.

John was also a former Past District Grand Master of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

John was also a member of the LaFargeville Volunteer Fire Department from 1948-1991. He served as the Secretary for 12 years and was a delegate to the County and Northern New York Firemen’s Conventions.

John and Joyce moved to Las Vegas, NV in 1991. John enjoyed watching football, baseball, and basketball. He was also an avid card player.

John is survived by his wife of 67 years, Joyce, a son John Walti of Phelps, NY, a daughter Jan Joles of Las Vegas, NV, a step-son Lynn Bates of Colorado Springs, CO, a step-daughter Gloria Mallette of Sackets Harbor, NY, and a brother Gus Walti of White Lake, SD. John is also survived by 6 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. John is predeceased by his parents and his brother Roger Walti.

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