Our brother Walt lost his valiant fight with cancer on March 18, 2017. He was born November 18, 1943, to Evert and Elisabeth Frederiks in Voorst, The Netherlands. The family immigrated to the United States in 1949.
Walt graduated from North Marion High School in 1962. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia. After serving in the Army he traveled extensively in Europe. He returned to Oregon and obtained his bachelor’s degree from Portland State University before pursuing a master’s program in hydrology and climatology at Southern Illinois University.
Walter was an entrepreneur, owning several businesses associated with cattle, horses, cars, trucks and trailers. Walt was a resident in Hermiston until September of 2016 and owned a business in Hermiston, America West Trailer Sales. He held a special bond with animals and specifically horses. He won many Cutting Horse Futurity awards over the years and was happiest around his horses and meeting the people who had the same passion.
We will miss Walt’s sense of humor and ability to see positive in every situation. During his life’s journey he touched many hearts, both people and animals. One of his most endearing qualities was that he championed those less fortunate by giving them a helping hand. To the very end of his life he always ended his emails, and conversations with “Life is Good.”
Walt is survived by his siblings Fred, Evert (Vilma), Johanna Samson (Dennis) and Lis Farm (Jeff), and numerous nephews and nieces.
In remembrances of Walt’s life, we ask that you contribute to any horse rescue organization or local Humane Society.