“I have been retired for 24 years and boy have I had fun”
Walter C. Marking
July 22, 1931 – March 29, 2014
July 22, 1931 in the little town of Burgoyne, MT, Walter C. Marking was born. Shortly after the family relocated to South Dakota to work on the railroad. This is where Walters love for the railroad began. After graduating high school in Lemmon, SO in 1951, Walt went to work for the Milwaukee Railroad. To this day you can find Milwaukee Railroad books, magazines and memorabilia around the house. Papa was the only person that intentionally got stopped at railroad crossings so he could watch the cars go by!
In 1952 Walter married Colleen Waggoner, they created a family of 6 children together. The family moved to Roundup and Harlowton, MT. Walt retired from the railroad after 11 years and went to work for MaBell for the next 30 years. Walt loved his small communities and became very involved. He served on the school board, search and rescue and became a member of the Elks and Lions Club.
The joy of fatherhood for Walt was his shared love of hunting and fishing with his children. He looked forward to spending time with them on their yearly hunting trips. And later in life loved attending his grandchildren’s sporting events.
In 1987 Walter married his soul mate and love of his life, Deloris Marking. With this union Walter acquired another daughter, Marcie Smith, he loved her as his own.
Walt and Dee loved being on the go, whether it was camping, going to the Grizz games, attending Model Train shows or just going to see friends and family, especially his brother Carl and Mary in Oregon. Once retired Walt found a love of gardening, besides all the vegetables that were planted he always planted a pumpkin patch for the grandchildren. He received such joy in watching them all come and pick out their pumpkins.
Walter also had a love of cars, you could always find him wandering around Bob Smith Motors visiting with all of the employees (friends). This love lead to a close relationship with his son-in-law Scott Smith. In the last year Walt loved going up to Red Lodge and working on the LP Ranch. He would call Scott and with a laugh say “Guess where I am, sitting on the deck eating lunch and listening to the water. Sure is nice up here”
Walt also enjoyed his weekly coffee get-togethers with his dear friends, Bob Townsley, Johnny Johnson and Mike Rast. Have a cup of joe for Walt, boys!
Walt passed Saturday March 29, 2014 surrounded by his family and with a smile on his face. We all had faith that the smile was because he was greeted by his 3 sons; Gregory, Cornel, and Curtis; and his grandson Landon who preceded him in death along with his parents.
Walter is survived by his devoted wife, Deloris; his children, Bradley (Shirley), Yvonne (Dan) Pfeifer, Joel (Kerri) and Marcie (Scott) Smith; brother Carl (Mary) and 14 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
The funeral will take place on Wednesday, April 2. The time and location is pending at this time. A reception will follow at The Elks Club.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Landon’s Legacy Foundation, 3025 Lloyd Mangrum Lane, Billings, MT 59106.