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Walter Lucas

Walter Glen Lucas U.S. Veteran

January 9, 1938 - February 14, 2011

Walter Glen Lucas passed away at his home Feb. 14, 2011 at the age of 73. Walter was born Jan. 9, 1938, in Alexandria, Minn., to Paul and Mabel Lucas.

The family moved to Hood River in 1940 where he attended Hood River County schools and graduated in 1957 from Hood River High School. Walter went to college in Eastern Oregon and, upon finishing, he joined the United States Army and served proudly.

After his time in the army Walter went to work for the U.S. Postal Service. While working for the postal service he made many lifelong friends, but he also met a very special man whom he considered family: Steve Kawachi.

In 1969 Walter met the love of his life, Wanda Lea Wetherbee; they were married in 1970 and had four children. Then in 1971 they had another child and became a family of five children.

Walter retired from the post office after 30 years, but that didn't last long; he got bored so he went to work for Carson Chevron in Hood River for about six years. Then in 2005 the doctors told him it was time to really retire, so, reluctantly, he did.

He was a longtime member of the Eagles Lodge in Hood River, as well as a member of the American Legion.

Walter was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Mabel Lucas; brothers Don, Dean, Wayne, Carroll and Harold Lucas, as well as his fraternal brother, Don Dunn.

He is survived by his wife of more than 40 years, Wanda Lucas; brothers Robert Lucas and Mel (and Pat) Lucas; sons and daughters-in-law Dennis (and Delancy), Dwayne (and Sheri) and Joseph (and Natalie); daughters and sons-in-law Tami (and Richard) Simons, Debbie Morrissey and Lisa (and Fred) Arsenault; and his adopted son Loran Ayles.

Also surviving are fraternal brothers Dean Dunn, Ken Dunn and Randy Dunn; grandchildren Todd and Manessah Baumgarden, Steven Baumgarden, Ashlea Simons, Summer and James Kari, Kaitie Morrissey, Robert Morrissey, Kayla Schilling, Denise Proebstel, DJ Proebstel, Rochelle Laurent, Sabrina Laurent, Joshua Proebstel, Jordan Lucas, Julian Lucas, Natasha Lucas and Nickole Lucas; eight great-grandchildren and his very special nieces, Shannon Lucas, Melody Snyder and Dottie Dee.

Grandson Steven Baumgarden wrote:

"Walter Glen Lucas, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. To some, like me, he was seen as a hero.

Walter was a guy that you'd remember after meeting him. He was well-liked and very much loved. Walter was always willing to help those in need to the best of his ability. He was the type of man who would give you the shirt off his back, if you needed it.

He gave so much, yet expected so little, if any, in return. Although he could be the most stubborn person I have ever known; he had the biggest heart.

Walter was a man of morals and valued his family and friends. Most people who knew Walter would say he was honest, respectful and respected, dependable, kind-hearted and loyal. Even when people have done him wrong, he had the heart to forgive.

Most of all, he was a fighter, never giving up easily.

I am blessed and very much honored to be his grandson. I hope I can be half the man he was. Walter Lucas will be greatly missed, but will always be with us in our hearts, and memories."

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Eagles Roost at 2290 Tucker Road on Sunday, Feb. 20, at noon. A full military honors ceremony will be held at Willamette national Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mt. Scott Blvd., in Portland, at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 21.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Hood River Eagles Roost at the address above.