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Byron Joe Walters, 88, of Rio, left for his home in heaven on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Dec. 21, 1930, the son of Arthur S. and Janette (Delany) Walters. Byron lived and went to school in Poynette. He was one of the “40-49ers” at the high school and went to the University of Wisconsin-Madison for a degree in agriculture education. Since part of his university experience was ROTC, the next phase of his life was the United States Army. He served his country in Virginia, Texas and Colorado. In 1953, he married his high-school sweetheart, Eleanor Curtis. They had three children.

After his discharge, Byron rented the Walters' farm in Lowville. He milked cows and did general farming. Eventually, he bought the Walters' farm and Franklin Bull farm. Through the years, Byron’s interests have been his church, his family and the farm. His hobbies were hunting, fishing, card playing, flying planes and singing. Byron was a member of Poynette Presbyterian Church where he had been a church elder-trustee and a member of the choir.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Eleanor; his sons, Curt (Bev) and David (Jeannine); his daughter, Kathryn (Brian Lindner), all of Rio; his AFS exchange daughter, Blanca Riveros of Brooklyn, New York; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren who brought joy to his life. He is further survived by other relatives and many friends.

Byron was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Barbara; and her husband, John Gardner.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, April 15, 2019, at Poynette Presbyterian Church, 224 N. Main St., Poynette, with the Rev. Paul Strickert officiating. Burial will follow in Rocky Run Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, April 14, 2019, at Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Poynette, pmmfh.com, and from 10-11 a.m. Monday at the church.

Many thanks have been earned by family and friends, Pastor Strickert, and the staff of Agrace HospiceCare for their wonderful guidance and help.

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