Walter P. Howald, 85, Forreston, died Saturday, March 15, 2014 at FHN Memorial Hospital, Freeport.
He was born June 7, 1928 in Thorigen, Switzerland, the son of Paul and Lydia (Leu) Howald.
Walt married Rose Mary Doyle on May 19, 1956 in Darlington, Wis.
Howald served in the Swiss Army.
He was a cheese maker for more than 65 years. He owned and operated the Forreston Cheese Company for 35 years.
Walter enjoyed spending time with his family at Green Lake, Wis.
He was a former member of Elk’s Lodge 617 and a former member of the Germania Club.
In addition to his wife, Walter is survived by four sons, Michael W. Howald, Forreston, Randy (Jayne) Howald, Forreston, Timmy Howald, Forreston, and Shawn (Jamie) Howald, Winnebago; three daughters, Heidi Howald-Petralli, Switzerland, Trudi (Shawn Woodward), Indianapolis, Ind., and Sharon (Michael) Anderson, Sycamore; a brother, Max Howald, Switzerland; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, and a sister.
A memorial visitation will be held on Thursday, March 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home, 203 Third Ave., Forreston.
A memorial has been established in his name. Visit www.burketubbs.com to sign the online guestbook.