July 18, 1931 ➙ March 31, 2008
Bruce E. Walther W9QAH of Stevens Point signing off March 31, 2008
Bruce was born July 18, 1931, in Chippewa Falls to Ray and Irene (Maier) Walther. His mother passed away when he was 14 months old. He was raised in Bloomer by his grandparents, Theresa and Frank Maier. He owned his own radio shop in Bloomer prior to entering the U.S. Army and the Korean War where as Bruce would say, "he served for 1 year, 10 months and 20 days." He attended Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis and later worked for ATT in Stevens Point until he retired in 1985.
He married Patricia Tanzer in 1956. They lived in Stevens Point all their married life. He is survived by his wife, Patricia and their four children, Debbie (Jim) Koziczkowski, their children Cory and Nick, Bob (Donna) Walther, their children Jared and Aubre, Mary (Dave) Foust, Griffin and Rosie Berg, Kathleen (Mike) Barefield and their daughter Tricia. He is also survived by his step sister Darlene Walther.
Photo courtesy of N9WQ
- The Steven's Point (Wisconsin) Journal ➙ Bruce was well known in the Ham Radio community. He could fix anything and was an avid lover of all animals. A party in Bruce's honor will be held in Bloomer, tentatively planned for July 12, 2008. There will be no funeral service. In lieu of flowers, his family requests that donations be made to your favorite animal shelter in Bruce's name.
- Julie Rausch ➙ I really cannot tell you the year that Bruce and I met. We just had fun right away. What a guy! He also had great love for dogs and cats. I saw many at his house. Always had a happy voice. Missing Bruce
- N9CQX ➙ Bruce was an institution on 75 AM Fone. He has helped many ham operators with their stations. He sent me an equipment gift one time-a coax relay, which he knew I needed. He was a great radio buddy, a sweetheart of a guy, under that gruff display. His legacy will continue with the radios and parts that are from Bruce and currently in use in ham stations all over the country.
- W9QI ➙ Wow, that news caught me off guard. I just heard him last week on the 3908 net. He was saying he felt like crap, but he almost always said the same thing. He will be missed.
- K9OA ➙ I had the opportunity to visit Bruce at his QTH a couple of times to buy ham-radio stuff. Always friendly and would talk your arm off. The first time I stopped in, he sat me down in the living room after introducing me to the dogs and cats and acted like we had been buddies forever! A really interesting and knowledgeable individual, Bruce will be a big loss to the Amateur Community. I will miss hearing his voice on 75 AM and SSB.
- WB9IMR ➙ He was doing what he loved (ham radio) until the very end. (from the Sat. MCRN)
- K7YOO ➙ Relates a funny story from the first time he visited the Grayslake Hamfest. Bruce and he shared an economical room near the fairgrounds. They had a big laugh when they discovered they had the "Cupid" room.
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