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Robert Walstra dies at 79

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Robert R. Walstra, 79, of Chesterton, passed away Monday, July 27, 2009 in Valparaiso.

He was born June 14, 1930 in Gary the son of Thomas R. and Viola (LaHayne) Walstra, both of whom preceded him in death.

On September 27, 1951 in Chesterton, he married Barbara Jean Oness, who preceded him in death in 2001.

He is survived by sons Richard (Sue) Walstra of Valparaiso and Peter (Denise) Walstra of Chesterton; a daughter, Dr. Susan Walstra of Fort Wayne; two grandchildren, Caitilin and Andrew; three step-grandchildren, John, Jennifer and Kelly.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Kendall and a sister, Phyllis Irene McClead.

Bob was a lifelong resident of Chesterton. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, was a member of the V.F.W. Porter Post 2511, a former member of the Porter Town Council and he enjoyed fishing.

Funeral services, Rev. Chris Newman-Jacobs officiating, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 1, at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, with Interment in Robbins Cemetery, Portage.

Visitation will be Friday, July 31, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Porter County Cancer Society or to a charity of the donorís choice.

Posted 7/30/2009