April 3, 1926 - March 30, 2016
Walter Ellerd of Carrollton, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at the age of 89.
Walter was quite an athlete. In high school he won a medal for the Mile Run at the state competition. He was also a boxer in the Golden Gloves, once traveling to N.Y. City to train in the same gym as Rocky Marciano.
Walter was a W.W.II Navy Veteran. At just 18 years old, he had shipped out and was at sea walking on deck, when someone in Navy Personnel came along. Even at that early age, Walter had a self confidence and dependability that must have shown. The man looked at Walter and said, “YOU are now in charge!” Walter said, “ Yes, Sir!” He then wondered, “In charge of what?”
Always the entrepreneur, in the late 40”s, Walter made baloney sandwiches and sold them to the oil workers. He was a pioneer to modern-day “food trucks”.
Walter enjoyed helping others. He sponsored and helped two boys to build race cars and enter them in the Soap Box Derby. Both of these boys are now grown, but they still have very fond memories and are grateful for their time spent with Walter.
For most of his life, he was a building contractor in the construction business. He built many residential homes and other buildings, including mountain resorts, offices, hotels, and a casino. He also built a gazebo for a park in Carrollton. He published 5 albums of his own architectural designs. He was the founder of Amity Construction Company, which he ran until he retired and sold the business to his nephew Bob Ellerd.
Walter is survived by children, Judy Cesander and Jimmy Ellerd, son-in-law David Cesander; grandchildren Angela Mayorga and Mark Cesander; great-grandchildren, Oliver, Madeline and Stella Mayorga; nephews Bob and Steve Ellerd and Dwayne and Tommy Slater; and niece Kathy Ellerd Mumm.
His “blended family” includes his sweetheart Berneice “Gana” Walters, as well as Margaret, Gaylon, Marc, and Alex Amonett; Steve, Sue, and Angela Walters; and Erin Hamilton.
Walter touched many people’s lives. He was loved by many and will be deeply missed.
Visitation will be held from 11:00am to 1:00pm on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 in the Brooks Family Chapel at the North Dallas Funeral Home, 2710 Valley View Lane, Dallas, TX 75234.
Interment with military honors will follow at 2:15 at the DFW National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas, Texas 75211.
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