Richard "Rick" Lee Walters, 62, of Center Point passed away Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in his sleep with his family by his side at Oldorf Hospice House.
Richard was born on July 30, 1958, in Evanston, Ill. In 1976, he graduated from Norris City-Omaha High School in Norris City, Ill. He then attended ITT in Evansville, Ind., where he earned a degree in electronics. In 1978, Rick took a position with Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Rick went to work at Norand Corp. as an electronics engineer from 1983 to 1988 and returned to Collins where he worked until his retirement in July of 2020.
Rick married Janine Cook on Aug. 27, 1983, and spent every day of his life showing her his love. Rick is survived by his wife, Janine (Cook); his son, Logan Walters, and two daughters, Ashlyn Walters and Kathryn Walters (fiance Ethan Bartels); his mother, Helen Abell; three brothers, Rand and Cheryl, Rod and Tara and Russell and Lisa Schalk; his Iowa family of Carolyn Cook, Jim and Sheila, Steve and Pat, Don, Ron and Karen, Dan, Mike and Val, and Diane; and many nieces and nephews in Iowa and Illinois.
Rick was preceded in death by his father, Donald G. Walters; stepfather, John Abell; and his father-in-law, Vernon H. Cook.
Rick had many interests and hobbies including technology, golfing, fishing, playing cards, reading, camping and canoeing. Rick and Janine have taken time to travel and create memories for a lifetime. Rick loved being with his children, family and friends and looked forward to visiting family in Illinois and his annual golfing trip with his brothers-in-law. He enjoyed making snacks and sweets for his family. He was a man who chose his words carefully and listened to anyone who wanted to talk.
Rick was an avid reader and would encourage any donations go to The Friends of the Andersen Center Point Library, Center Point, Iowa.
Rick will be deeply missed by all who knew him as he was a great person. Godspeed.
Those who would like to may leave condolences on the Murdoch-Linwood website. Rick asked that we get together to celebrate his life when the weather was nice and we would all be safe.