Walter Amos Penfield, Jr.
Lt. Col. (Ret.)
A devoted husband and father, and faithful friend went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Walter was born in Hackensack, New Jersey, on May 11, 1920, to Evelyn French and Walter A. Penfield, Sr. He was raised in Maywood, New Jersey, and Milton, Massachusetts, and enlisted in the United States Army as a private in 1940. He rose to the rank of captain and to command of an infantry company in combat in France and Germany during World War II. Upon his discharge in 1946, he began work with the State Department in Washington, D.C. and attended classes at George Washington University at night. On April 27, 1946, he and Jeanne Crawford Wieland were married. In 1948, he was called back to service in the Army during which time he served two tours in Korea during the Korean War and was wounded. His final tour at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, was as executive officer of the Combat Surveillance and Target Acquisition Command training men in the operation of ground surveillance radars, airborne platforms, infra red sensors and unmanned aerial platforms. He retired in 1966 as a lieutenant colonel. Among the schools he attended while on active duty were The Armor School, Fort Knox, Kentucky, The Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia, The University of Alaska, Fort Richardson, Alaska,, The Cold Weather and Mountain School, Fort Greely, Alaska, The Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and The University of Arizona majoring in business administration. He graduated from The University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1963. Upon his retirement from the Army, he began a career in business and finance in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His experience there included banking and as Business Development Manager of the Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce. In 1985, he retired from Merrill Lynch as an award winning member of the Chairman's Club. While living in Minnesota, Walter and Jeanne, among other travels, made regular vacation visits to Arizona and the Tucson Guest Ranch. During his two tours of duty at Fort Huachuca, Walter had come to love the scenic beauty of this beautiful state. It was ideal for his special interest in photography. Also, while in Minnesota, Walter became quite a horseman riding and taking care of his horses on his own property. Upon this final retirement, he and Jeanne fulfilled their dream to return to Tucson to build a home in "horse country", La Cebadilla, bringing their horses and dogs with them. Here he was active in the Association of the U.S. Army and leader in MOAA, the Military Officers Assoc. of America as well as a member of St. Alban's Episcopal Church and a Cats football fan. Walter's other interests were in tennis, swimming, bridge and a major fan of all sports - especially the San Francisco Forty-Niners. He was a generous supporter of organizations dedicated to the protection of horses and to those of American Indians. He was a former member of Toastmasters International, Rotary International and the Tennis Umpires Association. Walter was predeceased by his son, David; his parents, his sisters, Evelyn and Mary and his brother, the Rev. William Penfield. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne, of 67 years; his daughter, Patricia Huber of Tucson; his sons, Peter Penfield also of Tucson and Michael of Portland, Oregon. He is also survived by his granddaughters, Stacey, Courtney, Mary and Hannah and by his great-grandchildren, Haley, Jozef, and James as well as an extended family of nieces and nephews and many long time friends. A Memorial Service for Walter will be held Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Alban's Episcopal Church on the west side of Sabino Canyon Road between River and Kolb. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Walter's name to St. Alban's Memorial Fund, 3738 Old Sabino Canyon Rd., Tucson, AZ 85750 or to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, 3450 N. Kelvin Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85712. Arrangements by HUDGEL'S SWAN FUNERAL HOME, 22nd & Swan.