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Walter DeHaven Toler-The Owensboro Times

Walter DeHaven Toler, 94, of Owensboro passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 18, 2022. The Owensboro native was born March 15, 1928, to the late James Thrasher Toler and Enola DeHaven Greathouse. In addition to his parents, Walter was preceded in death by his brother, Bill Toler of Lewisport.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 72 years, Betty Jean (Chappell) Toler; son, Steve Toler (Becky) of Lebanon, Tennessee; twin daughters, Susan Warren (Hank) of Owensboro and Sharon Ringham (Kerry) of Sharpsburg, Georgia; brother, Jim Toler of Lewisport; seven grandchildren, Ashley Warren Howard (Aaron) of Louisville, Andrew Warren (Rebecca) of Brentwood, Tennessee, Katy Hoyos (Santiago) of Senoia, Georgia, Keeley Bass (Matthew) of Kennesaw, Georgia, Whitney Shehane (Michael) of Knoxville, Tennessee, Shannon Toler of Bloomington, Illinois, Shawnell Toler of White Plains; nine great grandchildren, Henry and Hallie Howard, George Warren, Ryan and Ian Hoyos, Stevie and Colt Shehane, Emma Miller and David Hughes.

Walter grew up in Lewisport working on his family’s farm. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Owensboro. Walter graduated from Evansville College with a degree in Mechanical Engineering after serving his country in the Army from 1951-1953 during the Korean War. After college, he spent most of his career working at General Electric / MPD in Owensboro. There will be no visitation and private graveside services will be held at Owensboro Memorial Gardens for family and close friends.

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