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In Memory of

Walter Eugene Halen

October 20, 1921 - March 19, 2017

Obituary


Walter Eugene Halen decided to spend this Spring in Heaven. After a brief battle with infection, Dad decided that 95 years and four months was enough in this body and joyfully left it behind in Camarillo to join his four brothers and sister Nell in Heaven on March 19, 2017.

Walt was born and raised on a small farm in French Camp, California where he was fortunate to survive growing up as youngest child. His brothers tried to lead him down the wrong path, but young Walt would have nothing to do...

Walter Eugene Halen decided to spend this Spring in Heaven. After a brief battle with infection, Dad decided that 95 years and four months was enough in this body and joyfully left it behind in Camarillo to join his four brothers and sister Nell in Heaven on March 19, 2017.

Walt was born and raised on a small farm in French Camp, California where he was fortunate to survive growing up as youngest child. His brothers tried to lead him down the wrong path, but young Walt would have nothing to do with it. He was also very fortunate to have his sister Nell. He raised his own family in Visalia, California while working as a Health Inspector (Sanitarian) for the County of Tulare for 32 years. He worked another 23 years after that, most of it at the Tule River Indian Reservation. He kept up his credentials as a Sanitarian until he was 85 years old.

It must have been growing on a farm and working amidst the vineyards, orchards and farms of Tulare County that Dad nurtured his passion for growing plants. Anything he planted grew and grew well. He passed his passion for plants to Grandson Brandon who passionately grows and creates succulent creations. He loved the poetry of Robert Frost and dabbled in some of his own. Dad was a devout man and never smoked or touched a drop of alcohol after an automobile accident nearly killed him. He taught Methodist Sunday School for 13 years. Walt recited The Lord's Prayer clearly and accurately the day before he died. He sang and assured my sister that he would be fine and, no doubt, he is just fine.

Walt was happily married to Elizabeth (Betty) for 62 years. He is survived by his wife, Betty; children, Bruce Halen (Meredy) of San Jose and Susan Godina (Benny) of Oxnard; grandchildren, Brandon Godina (Eli) and Nicole Smith (Abel) both of Oxnard; and two great-grandchildren, Abel Smith and Weston Smith.

Dad served his country in the Army Air Corps in World War 2. He was a Mechanic in Burma and serviced P-47 Thunderbolts and P-38 Lightnings. He left the service as "the ranking Corporal in the Army."

I hope you find a garden in Heaven. You wouldn't know what to do without one! He only failed at one thing in life. He couldn't make his son a fan of the San Francisco Giants!

Services for Walt will be held at the Miller Funeral Chapel, 1120 West Goshen Avenue, Visalia, California, 93291, on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to TedMayrFuneralHome.com.