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CHOUTEAU, Okla. - Walter L. Stehm, age 92, of Chouteau, Okla., a longtime Joplin-Duenweg resident, passed away at 2:05 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, at the Select Specialty Hospital, in Tulsa, Okla.
Walter was born May 14, 1925, in Joplin, and moved to NE Oklahoma in 2006. He was employed as a machinist with Safeway Bakery and later did home remodeling. Walter attended Word Fellowship, in Chouteau, and while in Joplin attended Calvary Church of the Nazarene. He served his country during World War II in the U.S. Navy. He enjoyed fishing and bowling.
Walter married Peggy Rhoades Feb. 15, 1947, and celebrated 71 years of marriage. She survives.
Additional survivors include two daughters, Robin Graue and Mona Newcomb and husband, Newly, all of Pryor, Okla.; five grandchildren, Jamey Graue (Sara), and Shannon Brewer (Cory), all of Carthage, Mo., Molly Reed (Mike), Locust Grove, Okla., Carmen Bell (David), Vienna, Va. and Ashlie Pogue, Sapulpa, Okla.; 12 great-grandchildren, Ashley, Olivia, Ivey, Quinn, Benjamin, Katie, Anne-Marie, Ruthie-Jane, Laney, Olivia, Anne, and Hazel. Walter was preceded in death by two brothers, and three sisters.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, at the Mason-Woodard Chapel, with Rev. Jim Martin officiating. Burial will follow, with military honors, at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday prior to the service.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Mason-Woodard Mortuary, of Joplin, Mo.
Published on February 18, 2018
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