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Walter R. Kolkmeier

Walter R. (Wally) Kolkmeier entered eternal rest on November 25, 2023 at 87.


Beloved husband of Dorothy (Dot) M. Kolkmeier (nee Oelklaus); proud father of Cheryl (Darrell) Benne, Wally (Kim) Kolkmeier, Pam (Phil) Sigmund, and Jeff (Debbie) Kolkmeier. Devoted grandfather of Brad (Kristin) Benne, Wally (Ali) Kolkmeier, Erica (Wes) Coil, Wendy (Corey) Tucker, Christine Pirtle, Julia (Chris) Branco, Clayton (Elizabeth) Benne, Kayla (Shawn) Finklein, Michelle (Matt) Lenz, Jeffrey (Kelsey) Kolkmeier, Emma (Nick) Scholl, and Danny Kolkmeier; loving great-grandfather to 21 great-grandchildren.

Walter Rae was preceded in death by his parents, Walter H. and Pearl C. (nee Pfeiffer) Kolkmeier. In addition, he was a brother-in-law, uncle, cousin, and friend to many.

Wally was married to his wife, Dot, for 67 years. He was a lifelong member of Friedens Church and very devoted to his faith. Wally was a Mid-America Carpenters Regional Council member since 1955 and retired in 1998. For 70-plus years, he was a proud member of Carpenters Local 32.

Wally enjoyed camping, fishing, and hunting with his family and friends. He loved vacationing with Dot and their friends. Walter also spent many hours helping his family build their homes. He enjoyed woodworking and making heartfelt gifts for his kids and grandkids. Everyone enjoyed his daily “Good Morning” Facebook posts and witty jokes. Wally was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Visitation: Thursday, November 30, 2023, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Baue Funeral Home - St. Charles, 620 Jefferson St., St. Charles, MO 63301.
Visitation: Friday, December 1, 2023, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Friedens UCC, 1703 S Old Hwy 94, St. Charles, MO 63303.


Funeral Service: Friday, December 1, 2023, at 11 a.m., Friedens UCC, St. Charles, MO.
Memorial Contributions: Donations made in Wally’s honor to Friedens United Church of Christ or FCC Cemetery Fund.