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Walter William York

May 1, 1932 ~ October 8, 2019 (age 87)

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Walter (Pinky) William York, 87, of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, passed away on October 8th, 2019. 

He was born to parents Lawrence York and Eunice Ledger, on 5/01/1932 in Elkhorn, Wisconsin .He graduated from Lake Geneva High School in 1950. 

Walter worked as a Dairy Farmer for 69 years. 

After 69 years of service, He retired from Merry Water Farms in 2019.

He enjoyed Following Wisconsin Badgers, Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. He enjoyed traveling to visit his family throughout the world due to assignments in the Peace Corps.

In 1952, Walter was honored with a FFA- America Farmers Degree.  Walter was a Linn 4H general leader. He was a member of the following organizations: Walworth County Farm Bureau, Linn Farmers Club, Pure Milk Association and a Badger FFA Alumni. He was very active in his community by serving on Traver Elementary and Badger High School boards of education for 30 plus years. Walter was an Elder for Linn Presbyterian Church. 

Walter met Mary Lou Fish in 1949. They were married on 9/29/1951 in Union City, TN. Together they raised 10 children: Sue, Ken, Keith, Bill, Vicky, Glen, Tom, Kevin, Dee Dee, and Bart. They have 30 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. Walter and Mary were foster parents to numerous boys. They also sponsored two families from Cambodia.  His brothers James, Ellis York and sister Margaret Lee survive Walter. 

His parents and his Sister Ardith Wissell preceded him in death. 

Memorials may be made in Walter’s name to the Walworth County Food Pantry.

Services for Walter will be held on Saturday October 12th, 2019 at 11:00am at Linn Presbyterian Church.  Visitaiton will be on Friday October 11t, 2019 from 4:00pm till 8:00pm in the main chapel of Derrick Funeral Home.  There will be an additional visitation from 10:00am till the time of service on Saturday.

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October 11, 2019

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Derrick Funeral Home and Cremation Services
800 Park Drive
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin 53147

October 12, 2019

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Linn Presbyterian Church
W3335 Willow Rd.
Lake Geneva, WI 53147

Funeral Service
October 12, 2019

11:00 AM
Linn Presbyterian Church
W3335 Willow Rd.
Lake Geneva, WI 53147

Graveside Service
October 12, 2019

12:00 PM
Linn-Hebron Cemetery
Hillside Road
Hebron, IL 60034


Walworth County Food Pantry
205 E. Commerce Court, Elkhorn WI 53121
Tel: 1-262-723-4488

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