Walter Ottewell

We regret to announce the death of Mr. Walter Charles Ottewell in the Gateby Intermediate Care Residence on Wednesday, June 6th, 2007 at the age of 92 years. He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife, Hilda, to whom he was married for 62 years; his sister, Betty Moran; his son, Norm (Nancy) Ottewell; his daughter, Carol (Ken) Stromberg; six cherished grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Walter was born in Cardston, Alberta on August 12th, 1914. The family moved to Vulcan, Alberta in June of 1923. He grew up there with his parents and three siblings until he joined the Calgary Highlanders in 1940. Transferring to the R.C.A.F., he trained as a radar mechanic, prior to deployment to England in 1941, serving with the R.C.A.F. Squadron 406 and was attached to R.A.F. 604 Squadron. While in England he met the love of his life, Hilda, who served in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force as a motor transport driver at Scorton, Yorkshire Air Force Station. Walter was at Scorton for one year then transferred to France, Holland and Germany until VE-Day. Returning to England, he married Hilda on June 21st, 1945 and returning to Canada they settled in Calgary, Alberta where Walter apprenticed as a plumber and later became a senior instructor at SAIT. Retiring in 1977, his passions were stream fishing, golfing as well as camping throughout Alberta and British Columbia. Walter & Hilda moved to Vernon, B.C. in 2002. The Funeral Service will be held at Living Word Lutheran Church, 6525 Okanagan Landing Road, on Monday, June 11th, 2007 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Al Pinno officiating. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Walter to The Gateby, 3000 Gateby Place, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8V8. The family would like to extend their appreciation and thanks for the special care and support services Walt received while he was residing at Gateby as well as Day Break and The East Program. Funeral arrangements have been made with BETHEL FUNERAL CHAPEL LTD., 5605-27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5 (250) 542-1187