PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Ivan Walz, 86, of Pittsburgh, Pa., formerly of Huron, passed away Saturday, September 2, 2017, in Pittsburgh, where he lived for the past three years.
A celebration of his life will take place at First Assembly of God in Huron Saturday September 16, at 10 a.m. Visitation will be held Friday at First Assembly from 5 to 7 p.m. as well as one hour prior to the Saturday service. Officiating ministers will be Rev. Tom Brantner and South Dakota District Superintendent Rev. Steve Schaible.
Ivan was born November 11, 1930, to Ed and Susie (Tschetter) Walz on a farm near Yale. On June 1, 1951, he married Tilly Walter at Centerpoint. He was drafted into the army March of 1952, and served in Korea for 16 months, receiving an honorable discharge March of 1954. He was employed with Armour & Co. for over 30 years. He was also a bonded livestock buyer for several years and enjoyed livestock and his farm, which was also an outlet to use his talent in carpentry and building.
He was an active member of the Assembly of God Church in Huron, serving in leadership on the board of deacons, as church treasurer, and as the chairman of the missions committee. He also helped with Royal Rangers and the Men’s Fellowship group. He was an active member of the local Gideon chapter, serving as Scripture Chairman and Bible Memorial Chairman. He and his wife opened their home to a countless number of ministers, missionaries, friends and family by serving them with a delicious meal or a place to stay. He and his wife showed compassion as they faithfully ministered for 20 years in a weekly service at the Huron Nursing Home. He was active in the community, serving on the advisory board of the Dakotaland Federal Credit Union and being a foster parent to children in need.
He enjoyed time with his family, traveling to visit his children and grandchildren all over the country and even made two international trips to visit his son’s family, who were missionaries in Argentina at the time. His family also came to him, and he enjoyed having his grandchildren visit his farm, sometimes staying for several weeks at a time.
Ivan is survived by his wife, Tilly of 66 years; three children Brad of Nashville Tenn., Brice of Atlanta Ga., and Lorna Albanese of Pittsburgh Pa.; two sisters, Donna VanDiepen of Sioux Falls, and Darleen Baltzer of Huron; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Carlene Joy; and four siblings.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts will be given to either Gideon International or Missions Work in Myanmar reaching Buddhists. Checks can be made out and sent to Tilly Walz in care of Evangel Heights Church, 120 Beale Rd, Sarver PA 16055. Please designate if you have a preference for the use of the memorial.