Walter John Arnold Listamann was born August 24, 1925, the son of Henry and Lillian Listamann. He passed away Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at Eventide Lutheran Home in Denison, Iowa, at the age of ninety-three.
Born on a farm in Hanover Township, Crawford County, Iowa, Walter received his education in a rural school near his home. At Zion Lutheran Church, he was baptized in Christ and later confirmed his faith on March 17, 1940. Walter was united in marriage to Cheryl Anderson on November 30, 1950, at Zion Lutheran Church in Denison, Iowa, officiated by Rev. C.W. Schmidt, and the couple settled on the farm south of Denison. They were blessed with three children and 62 years of marriage until Cheryl’s death on January 25, 2013.
Walter served his country as an equipment mechanic in the United States Army, stationed in France with the 89th Engineering Company, being inducted May 12, 1953. He was honorably discharged March 11, 1955, and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal. After his military duty, Walter returned to the farm to continue his life-long occupation of farming. He semi-retired from farming in 1977 and in 2003 fully retired.
Farming was his passion which included selling seed corn and planting trees and watching them grow. Through his seed corn sales, Walter and Cheryl were able to take enjoyable trips to Hawaii, the Hoover Dam and go on a Caribbean Cruise. Walter loved fishing at Lake View, Spirit Lake, Lost Island, Silverlake and Storm Lake. He also enjoyed playing cards with a Euchre Card Club, was very social and enjoyed socializing with family and friends. He particularly enjoyed family gatherings, with his granddaughter bringing him a special joy. In his younger days, he enjoyed roller skating and dancing to polkas and waltzes with his favorite music being the big band songs, and Winchester Cathedral.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Cheryl; three brothers, one in infancy, Erwin and Donald; and one sister, Lorna. Survivors include: two sons, Lyle and his wife, Tina, and Larry; one daughter, Linda and her husband, Garry; one granddaughter, Emily; one brother, Delaine and his wife, Dorothy; one brother-in-law, Gilbert and his wife, Carolyn; five nieces, other relatives and friends.