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Walter Windt

Published: Monday, Aug. 5, 2013 1:49 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — Walter Kurt Windt, 75, of Princeton passed away on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013.

He was born on Dec. 16, 1937, in Oelwein, Iowa, to Kurt and Gertrude (Ladeberg) Windt. Walt graduated from Oelwein High School in 1956. He was united in marriage to Arlene Mae Damm on June 4, 1961 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein.

He spent four years in the U.S.Navy, where he was stationed out of Oak Harbor, Wash. He was attached to an Aircraft Squadron that patrolled the Bering Strait and was deployed several times to Kodiak, Alaska and Iwakuni, Japan. He also spent two years in the Navel Reserves.

Walt went on to earn a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Secondary Education from Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. His first teaching assignment took him back to Oelwein High School, where he taught and coached basketball and track. In the meantime, he attended Northeast Missouri State University (now named Truman State), in Kirksville, Mo. and earned an master's of science degree in Secondary High School Administration. He came to Illinois and was employed by the Rockridge School District at Taylor Ridge. In 1970, Walt moved to Princeton, where he remained for more than 40 years. He was employed by the Princeton High School where he remained until his retirement.

After retirement, he attended Illinois Valley Junior College and became a certified nurse's aide in the state of Illinois. He helped many older residents in Bureau County with personal care and rehabilitation to get them back on their feet and keeping them there.

Walt was a member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church. He was a life member of the Elks Lodge, member of the Moose Lodge, American Legion, Illinois and Iowa Teachers Associations, Illinois Principals Association, and the Illinois Retired Teachers Association.

Walt is survived by his wife, Arlene; one son, Troy (Jana) of Maple Grove, Minn.; two daughters, Kimberly (John) Marselus of Forest, Va., and Stephanie (Brent) Batiste of DeKalb; 15 grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Leon and Janet Bauer of Penn Valley, Calif., and five nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Charlotte and brother-in-law Gerald Kuper and one niece.

Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton.

Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be left at www.norbergfh.com.

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