Walter Owen Britton, 80
Published 9:13 pm Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Walter Owen Britton, age 80, of Akeley, Minnesota, formerly of Brownsdale, Minnesota, passed away on Friday, October 7, 2022, at Essentia Health in Fargo, North Dakota. Walter was born September 1, 1942, in Hemingway, South Carolina, the son of Walter and Sybil (Owens) Britton. He attended school in Hemingway, South Carolina before joining the Air Force in 1959. While in the Air Force he was deployed to Vietnam until 1961 and was honorably discharged in 1963. Following his honorable discharge, he began his lifelong career as a self-employed truck driver; he retired in 2021. On October 27, 1979, he was united in marriage to Debra Dunham in Austin, Minnesota. The couple moved to Brownsdale in 1981. Walter enjoyed playing the guitar, singing, fishing, and hunting. He also loved woodworking and golfing and spending time with family and friends. He will always be remembered for his storytelling. Walter was a member of Crane Community Chapel in Austin, the Austin Eagles Club, and he volunteered for the Brownsdale Fire Department. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Survivors include his wife, Debra Britton of Akeley, MN; children, Walter (Elizabeth) Britton of Saginaw, Michigan, William (Penny) Britton of Seymour, Tennessee, David Britton of Oakridge, Tennessee, Pamela (Rick) McCarthy of Knoxville, Tennessee, Bradley (Jessica) Britton of Hanska, Minnesota, Tara Britton of Brownsdale, Minnesota, and Kelly (Derek) Schwartz of Madison Lake, Minnesota; seven grandchildren, Alex, Jake, Michael, Faith, Bradan, Emma, and Owen; sisters, Bonnie (William III) Brunson of Charleston, South Carolina, and Diane (Thomas) Kirchner of Charlotte, North Carolina. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Sybil Britton; and two grandsons, Tyler, and Cody.
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A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 13, 2022, at Crane Community Chapel, Austin. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston, Minnesota. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.