Walter E. Klay, 84, Kronenwetter, died Sunday, March 11, 2012 at his home. Walter was born May 27, 1927 to the late Christian and Esther (Hansen) Klay in Glen Flora, Wis.
Walt and Phyllis (Kittelson) were married on March 20, 1949 in International Falls, Minnesota where they spent the first fourteen years of their life. They then moved their family to Withee, Wisconsin where Walt began his career in specialty advertising sales. He was a man of strong faith and was a long-time member of Nazareth Lutheran Church in Withee, Wisconsin. Following a 2001 move to Wausau, Walt retired from sales in 2005.
Walter served his country honorably in the U.S. Army in 1945-46 during WWII. He was stationed in Germany with HQ Company, 3rd Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment as a motor pool driver, transporting those involved with the Nuremberg Trials. He also took part in the first Never Forgotten Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. in April of 2010.
Survivors include his wife, Phyllis; three sons: Terry (Gail) Klay, Rick (Leonor) Klay and Allan (Karen) Klay, all of Wausau; a daughter, Gwendolyn Klay, Sauk City; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Esther Baehr, Mosinee.
He was preceded in death by two brothers.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at Nazareth Lutheran Church, in Withee. Visitation will be from noon until the time of services at the church.
Brainard Funeral Home- Everest Chapel, 5712 Memorial Court, Weston is assisting the family with the arrangements.