Gary Stephen Walters

Born: Sat., Mar. 3, 1951
Died: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018

Funeral Service

Sat., Oct. 06, 2018
Location: First Presbyterian Church

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Gary S. Walters, 67, of Shavertown, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, August 23, 2018 due to a motor vehicle accident.

Gary was a graduate of Wyoming Valley West High School, Class of 1969. He attended LCCC and King’s College. In the 1970s, Gary joined his father’s insurance agency, Walters Associates Inc. where he spent his entire career employed in the family business with his sister, Betsy.

Mr. Walters was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Wilkes-Barre PA, where he served as a deacon. He was well known in the community and one of his last roles, was a volunteer as a driver for Meal on Wheels.

For many years, his home away from home was The Athletic Club (AC Fitness) and no workout was complete until he gave the staff and members water/ sport drinks before he left. Throughout the years, he was a popular member at the YMCA, Royal Courts, Kingston Rec Center, The Rock Rec Center, and Penn State Fitness Center.

Gary enjoyed many leisure activities. He loved listening to music, and he was the unofficial music trivia champ. Gary and his wife loved to dance at every opportunity. Every year, they would attend the annual “Summer Reunion Dance” at Irem Temple Pavilion. Years prior, they competed in Hanson’s “End of Summer” dance and won 2nd place. He loved to see big city skylines, and visit college campuses, especially the stadiums. Gary passed down his love of sports to his son and daughter and even coached several of their teams. Gary was very proud of his children, never missing a game (home or away), recital, church play, or award ceremony.

In the summer, you would find him waxing his car and/or others (sometimes up to three cars in one day) and making his famous homemade iced tea. Every year, Gary looked forward to the family vacation to Avalon/ Stone Harbor, NJ. He donated blood often and gave around 20 gallons to the American Red Cross where he received a plaque of recognition (his last donation was 7/16/18).

Gary had many gifts and telling a good story was one of them. He was always the center of laughs at parties and family gatherings. Gary Walters was truly one of a kind and made everyone he met feel special. You were guaranteed to leave his presence with a smile. His family repeatedly heard “Gary is such a nice guy.” He will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Quentin “Cap” and Bette Walters, brother, Atty. Wayne Walters, and his brother-in-law, Dr. Harry West.

He is survived by his wife, who was his high school sweetheart of 42 years, Nancy (West), son, Scott and his wife, Alicia, Dallas, PA. and daughter, Susan Reissig, and her husband, Josh, of Atlanta, GA. Gary had five grandchildren, Elena, Jenna, Kate, Lauren, and Silas Walters of Dallas, PA. Sisters, Betsy Tribendis and her husband, Michael, Shavertown, PA and Dr. Mary Walters, Dallas, PA. Brother in law Bob West and his wife  Maureen West, Bowie, Md.Special Niece and Nephew; Michael Tribendis, Jr. (Jip) and Megan Pitts (Marlon), both of Dallas, PA. Nephew, Donald West (May), Taipei, Taiwan, and nieces, Debby West, Longmont, CO and Coral Amayi (James), Cochise, AZ. Ann Marie Arnone, who was like a sister, and very dear friend, Barb Jason and many cousins.

A memorial service at First Presbyterian Church 97 South Franklin St. Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701 will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 11 AM.

Arrangements are  under the assistance of Gubbiotti Funeral Home,LLC, 1030 Wyoming Ave.,  Exeter, PA.
Interment  will be at the family’s convenience.
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Gary loved his family very much and in lieu of flowers, donations can be made towards his son’s benefit fund. Scott was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in September 2017.

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Bettie Reynolds Unger, Charlotte, NC
   Posted Sun August 26, 2018
Dear Betsy and Family, Please accept my sincere condolences. I think of all of Quentin (Cap) and Betty's family often. I hope you all will find comfort in the happy memories spent with Gary. Again, I'm so sorry for your loss. Bettie Reynolds Unger, Charlotte, NC

Denise Sult
   Posted Sun August 26, 2018
My daughter Leighanna Sult- Lehman and I want to send our deepest sympathies to all of your family. Gary was my insurance agent for many years and Dr. Mary was both my daughter's and my chiropractor. Leighanna graduated with Scott. Gary and I would talk about our grandchildren, when he stopped at the Harveys Lake Sewer Authority to deliver documents. He will be greatly missed by many. Sending our prayers.

Sam Alba
   Posted Mon August 27, 2018
Nancy ,Susan and Scott my heart and prayers go out to you . Gary was and kind and gentle man always a smile and kind word . I will miss him dearly .
The world is missing a true gentleman . He will be miss by all the lives he touched.

Prayers and sympathy
Sam Alba and family

Larry Gronchick
   Posted Tue August 28, 2018
We are so sorry to hear about Gary’s passing. We are in total shock. Please accept our condulances. We are out west traveling so unfortunately won’t be able to attend the viewing. Sincerely, Larry, Peggy and the family

Joe & Theresa Pagoda
   Posted Wed August 29, 2018
Nancy, Susan, Scott, and families.

Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Our deepest condolences to your families over Gary's passing. We are sure you have many wonderful memories of Gary that you will cherish day after day. Heartfelt sympathies to all,

Joe & Theresa & family

Eloise Amie Laubach
   Posted Sat September 01, 2018
So sorry for your loss. Fond memories of our trip to Europe.

Sumner Bachman
   Posted Sun September 02, 2018
Our deepest sympathy, Nancy. Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Terry Gavenonis
   Posted Sun September 02, 2018
Betsy, Mike & family,

So sorry on the loss of Gary. Just a note to let you know I am thinking of all of you.

Marilyn (Ogin) Novak
   Posted Sun September 02, 2018
Dear Nancy & Family, Please accept my deepest condolences. I was one of your classmates of 1969. Nancy, I was in Triple Trio with you. I remember when the two of you got together. What a great couple! My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Marilyn (Ogin) Novak & Husband Steve

Anna Jacobson
   Posted Sun September 02, 2018
Susan - I am so very sorry for your loss.

Paulette Mickno & Marc and Luke Ronczka
   Posted Thu September 06, 2018
Nancy, Scott, Susan & family, Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. Gary has touched many lives and he will be deeply missed by so many people. Keep all of those fond memories close to your heart.

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