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1925 - 2014 Obituary Condolences Flowers
WALTER BETHEL Walter Bethel, 88, of Gilbert, Ariz., passed away Jan. 5, 2014. Born June 11, 1925, Walter was born to Delia and Walter Sr., and was the loving brother to Ruth, Harold and Mary. Walter began his life in the "Hell's Kitchen" section of New York City, and grew up in the South Bronx, attending St. Luke's Grammar School, Monroe High School and Geneva High School in Geneva, N.Y. Walter was a proud military veteran of World War II, serving as a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps. After being discharged from the U.S. Army, Walter met and married Margaret "Rita" Felton, and was a devoted and loving husband, of 55 years, until his beloved Rita's untimely passing in 2003. Walter dedicated his life to law enforcement serving 20 years as member of the New York City Police Department, retiring as a sergeant. Upon his retirement, Walter moved himself and family to Scottsdale, Ariz. in 1973. Walter became a member of the Arizona Capitol Police, rising to the rank of chief of the Capitol Police before retiring in January 1984. Walter was an avid golfer and a sports fan, a passion he shared with his family. Walter was preceded in death by his wife, Rita; and his son, Mark. Walter is survived by his sons, Richard and his wife, Sherrie, Robert and his wife, Patti, and Christopher and his wife, LeAnn; and by Mark's wife, Stacey Bethel-Peterson. Walter is also survived by his grandchildren, Erin and her husband, Rick, Matthew and his wife, Jenet, Samuel, Sarah, Jon, Brian, Kylie, Sydney and John; and his great-grandchildren, Ide, Grady, Nolan, Adam and Ella. Walter was a gentleman, kind, generous, thoughtful, and authentic. He was a loving, devoted, husband, father, and friend. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at St. Anne Catholic Church, 440 E. Elliot Road, Gilbert, AZ 85234. Interment will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ 85024. Donations in Walter's name may be made to , 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014. Arrangements entrusted to Falconer Funeral Home in Gilbert.
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