Walter Lenze Sr., 89, Albert Lea

Published 9:05am Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The memorial service for Walter “Waldo” Irvin Lenze Sr. will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Salvation Army. Visitation will be one hour prior.

Walter Lenze received his wings on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at Good Samaritan Society in Albert Lea. He was 89 years old.

Walter was born on Aug. 6, 1924, in Iowa to Walter J. and Zella (Matthews) Lenze. He was married to the love of his life Alvina Nimz on July 1, 1950. Together they had four loving children, Linda, Julie, Walter Jr. and John.

Walter Lenze
Walter Lenze

Walter worked for the foundry, Albert Lea Taxi, and landscaping and laying sod. He enjoyed putting models together, camping, bowling, watching birds, watching television, fishing and being a host of the campgrounds. In his younger years he was in the Navy and CB clubs where his CB name was “Waldo.” He enjoyed making things out of acorns and tri-chem painting frying pans.

Walter is survived by his brothers, Marvin (Lorraine) Lenze of Albert Lea and Albert Lenze of Albert Lea; daughter, Julie Parmenter; sons, Walter Jr. (Cindy) Lenze and John (Barb) Lenze; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Alvina Lenze; parents; mother and father in law; daughter, Linda Thrun; brothers-in-law; sister-in-law, Shirley Nimz; sons-in-law, Jerry Carlsgaard and Raymond Parmenter; granddaughter, Rachel Lenze; and five sisters, Marzella Schaffer, Wilma Jordan, Mable Walton, Phyllis Pafford and Jeanette Hathaway.