Walter "Gus" Albert Begalske
Walter “Gus” Albert Begalske, 87, Monona, Iowa, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, at his home in Monona.
Visitation will be Friday, Nov. 23, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, in Monona, and one hour before services at the church on Saturday.
Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Monona, with the Rev. Dr. Amy Schifrin officiating. Burial will follow in the Monona Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Faith Lutheran Church, MFL Ambulance Service, Boy Scouts or Disabled American Veterans.
Condolences may be left with: www.graufuneralhomes.com
He was born Jan. 29, 1925 in Hawkeye, to Gustav Willhelm Begalske and Ella Helena Ungerer.
He graduated from the Alpha Consolidated School and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Wartburg College and sixty credit hours of postgraduate work in Chemistry and Physics at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, University of Northern Iowa and Michigan State.
He entered the United States Army in February of 1945 and was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant in November of 1946. He was the acting Sergeant Major of Itazuke Army Air Base, Japan, after the Japanese surrendered. Among his service mementos are a Letter of Appreciation from the Colonel and a Commendation Medal and Commendation Letter from the General.
He married Donna Jean Bade on June 10, 1951, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Waverly. He was a High School Teacher in Biology, Physics and Chemistry for thirty-seven years at Monona, M-F, M-F-L, MFL MarMac High School and then seventeen more years as a substitute teacher. He was a Golf Coach and swimming pool manager.
He belonged to the U.S. Army and Army Air Corp, ISEA, NEA, Monona Cemetery Association, City Zoning Board, American Legion Post 519 and VFW, church council and church choir.
He was a baseball umpire for several years and an assistant softball coach. He was a Cardinals fan.
He was an EMT for ten years following retirement in 1987; an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and Faith Lutheran Church. His hobbies include golf, woodworking, bridge, reading, puzzles and building balsa wood airplane models.
He is survived by his wife; his three daughters, Brenda (Edward) George of Marion, Linda (Mark) Kimzey of Mt. Pleasant and Diane (Daniel) Rothmeyer of Monona; six grandchildren; a brother, Eugene Begalske of Appleton, Wis.; two sisters, Helena (Ray) Schafer of Havana, Ill. and Barbara (Larry) Daniels of West Union.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Paul Begalske.