AUSTINTOWN Walter Klimko, 90, passed into his heavenly home Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2013, at Hospice House in Boardman.
Walter was born on July 24, 1923, in Pittsburgh, to Stephen and Anastasia Klimko.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.
Walter graduated from South High School in South Pittsburgh. He entered the U.S. Army in February of 1943 and served during World War II in the 78th Infantry, a front-line relief division, under General Patton. He fought in The Battle of the Bulge to the Ruhr Valley in Germany and was wounded in action on April 10, 1945, in the Ruhr Valley. He was honorably discharged, March 2, 1946, receiving a Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, two Bronze Stars and Victory Medal.
Upon leaving the service, he went to trade school and became a baker. As a baker, he worked for many years as the head baker at The Joseph Horne Co. in Pittsburgh and for Giant Eagle.
On July 27, 1962, at the Carnegie Music Hall, in a Kathryn Kuhlman service, Walter surrendered his life to Jesus Christ and was instantly delivered of acute alcoholism and a two pack a day cigarette habit. Walter became a new man in Christ Jesus.
He became a ordained minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He retired from baking in 1985 and moved from Pittsburgh to the Youngstown area. Over the course of his life, he was involved in various ministries including the Kathryn Kuhlman Choir, Emmanuel Ministries, Christian Life Center and Victory Christian Center in Coitsville.
He made his home in Austintown with his beloved dog, Rosie. The last several months, he was lovingly cared for by the staff at Masternick Nursing Home in New Middletown, and he spent his last day at Hospice House.
Surviving friends express deep thanks and gratitude to both facilities.
Walter will always be remembered for his faith, his singing, his kindness, his gentleness and his joy!
A memorial service will be held Monday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. at the Victory Christian Center in Coitsville. There will be calling hours from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., prior to the service.
The Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and to send condolences online.