After a three-year illness and being in the hospital much of that time, Nicholas "Nick" William Walter, 52, Hennessey, died in Hennessey Wed., Dec. 13, 2017. Cordry-Gritz Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
A family gathering to remember him was scheduled Saturday afternoon. His cremains will be interred later. Nicky was born in Okla. City Sept. 28, 1965. He was the son of Barbara A. Walter of Hennessey and the late William Brent Walter.
He attended school in Oklahoma City and Edmond before the Walter family moved to Hennessey in 1978. He attended the Hennessey mid-and high schools and was a member of the 1984 HHS class. Nick played football, had a knee injury and was on crutches his junior year, but had his mother let him off at the corner, instead of driving him up to the school. After high school, he attended culinary classes at the OSU Institute of Technology in Okmulgee. He worked at and managed several restaurants in the Okla. City and Tulsa areas before he settled in Hennessey. He was a dispatcher and an officer with the Hennessey Police Dept.; a dispatcher and deputy at the Kingfisher County Sheriff 's Office, and most recently was a sergeant at the Lamont Police Dept.
As a teenager he would call his mother's friends to get recipes so he could make them. As an adult, Nick loved to grill, cook and eat and shared his food with family and friends. He always made the turkey for Thanksgiving after his grandmother Adele was no longer able to do it.
His daughter was the light of his life. Her smiles and laughter kept him going during his many surgeries over the past three years.
He is survived by his daughter, Emerald Beckham of Enid; mother, Barbara A. Walter of Hennessey; three sisters, Jill D. Jenkins of Edmond; Tracy L. Anderson of Perry, and Amy C. Carpenter of Edmond, and one brother, Courtney B. Walter of Chesterfield, Mo.; four nieces, three nephews and one great-niece. Also, Lisa Robertson, the mother of his daughter, and other special friends, Mike Moncrief of Tulsa, Mike Jones and family of Hennessey, and Marissa Choate of Hennessey.
He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice, or to the Hennessey Reserve Police Officers' Angel Fund to provide Christmas gifts to needy children and families.
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