Walter P. Flath

Resided in Escanaba, MI
Died August 3rd, 2014

Walter P. “Wally” Flath, 84, Escanaba, passed away on Sunday, August 3, 2014, at St. Francis Hospital.

He was born in Ford River Township on October 28, 1929, the son of Julius and Celia (Simon) Flath.

Wally graduated from Escanaba High School in 1948, and was drafted by the St Louis Cardinals which was the start of his 30 year baseball legacy including the Escanaba Bears, Bark River and the Escanaba Merchants.

Wally married Theresa Ann LaCasse at St. Anne Church. She preceded him in death on January 23, 1979.

He proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict from March 19, 1951 to March 28, 1953 when he was honorably discharged.

Wally was employed as a foreman with Olsen & Flath Construction, Clairmont Transfer, and Gross Trucking.

Wally was a member of St. Anne’s Parish and was a Life Member of Escanaba Elks Lodge 354.

He enjoyed playing cards, bowling, hunting deer and partridge, and picking berries.

On May 14, 2014, Wally took part in the U.P. Honor Flight and traveled to Washington, D.C.

Wally is survived by his companion Pat Friets; son, Jon W. Flath of Escanaba; daughter Jody Flath of Bridgeport, MI; son-in-law, Bob Stenfors of Bark River; two grandsons, Riley and Kolby Stenfors; and special friends Lynnette Royer and Tony Quist.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Theresa; daughter, Jane M. Stenfors; and siblings, John, Ralph, Earl, Mae, and Bill.

Visititation will be held on Tuesday, August 5, 2014, from 2 to 5:30 p.m. at Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba. Delta County Veterans will hold a service at 3 p.m. and Elks Lodge 354 will hold a memorial service at 4 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will follow the visitation at St. Anne Church at 6 p.m. with Rev. Fran DeGroot officiating. A luncheon will follow in the church hall.

Burial will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery.

The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Flath family.

2 Tributes to “Walter P. Flath”

  1. Jodi, Jon, Riley, Colby and family, my deepest sympathy goes out to all of you. I was in complete shock and sadness when I heard the news today. I Know Wally is happy and at peace being reunited with Jane, but yet so hard for everyone here who will miss him so deeply. I will truly miss seeing him every Thursday at Holy name mass and our hug we shared every week and his “hey kiddo.” I Didn’t get the chance this summer to talk berries but I did see him at Walmart early summer and was able to give him a hug and tell him I love him- I am grateful for that 🙂 may God give you all strength during this difficult time, and may he fill your hearts with peace and comfort. Love, thoughts and prayers to all,
    Leanne Vandermissen

  2. To Jodi and Jon and the family. Very sad to hear of Wally’s passing. Our yearly trips back to our cabin will not be the same without a visit from him. We thoroughly enjoyed the times we shared with him each October. This year will be a little different as we pull onto 35 from the airport. He was always our first stop if it wasn’t too late. Our thoughts are with you and your family at this time. From the entire Flath family on the west coast. Peace and Love always.

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