Jan Walter
August 2, 1938 - November 5, 2020

Jan Walter

Jan Walter
Aug 2, 1938 - Nov 5, 2020

Jan Walter
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Janice "Jan" Walter, age 82, of Ames, passed away at Green Hills Memory Care Center on the morning of November 5, 2020. Due to Covid 19 restrictions the family has chosen a private family service will be Saturday, November 28, 2020. After the service is completed the link for the graveside will be uploaded to her online obituary on the funeral center website.

Jan was born on August 2, 1938, in Carpenter, Iowa, the daughter of Archie and Iva (Finch) Gordon. She graduated from Carpenter High School. She attended the Minnesota School of Business to be a secretary and worked at Mayo Clinic right out of school. She also worked for Dean Andre, Dean of Iowa State University, College of Agriculture, where she met her future husband, Marv Walter, a graduate student in Meat Science. She married Marv on September 19, 1964. Jan volunteered with several local organizations and worked for many years in the multiple businesses she and Marv owned.

Jan was a kind and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She rarely missed a dance recital, tennis meet, horse show, school concert, baseball, football, or hockey game. Jan was an excellent seamstress teaching both girls to sew in 4-H. She was a member of multiple book clubs and bridge groups. In recent years, she took up Mahjong with her friends.

Two daughters survive Jan, Allyson (David Sprague) Walter, Jewell, Iowa, and Stacy (Bill) Woodward, of Ames. She is also survived by three grandsons. Rob Doud, Billy Woodward, and Grant Woodward and two step-grandchildren, Samantha (Daxton) Wilson, Jacob Sprague and sister, Shirley Shetka. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marv Walter, and a brother, Chuck Gordon.

Jan was very involved in 4-H throughout her life. She was a Worth County 4-Her, a Story County 4-H leader for the Washington Royals, the club for both Allyson and Stacy, and served on the Story County Extension Council.

The family is asking for memorials to be made to the Story County 4-H Foundation in her honor. Online donations can be made at Please specify Story County and honor Jan Walter. Checks can be mailed to ISU Extension - Story County, P. O. Box 118, Nevada, IA 50201-0118

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Lynne Shoultz on Nov 28, 2020

Allyson and Stacy: I am thinking of you today. Your mother was a beautiful lady. She was graceful in her actions reflected in her gentleness and style. We got to know each other even better from the long talks we shared after both of us were left alone. She possessed a very kind and caring spirit.
I am thankful your mother was in my life.
She was a special friend.
My Sincere Sympathy,
Lynne Shoultz

Mavis Butler on Nov 22, 2020

I was sorry to learn of your mom’s passing. No matter what our age and no matter what the age of our parents it is still so difficult to let them go.
Know that you are on my mind and close to my heart.
Mavis Butler

Elaine Mohr on Nov 13, 2020

I am so deeply sorry to hear of Jan's passing. She was a wonderful Lady and I was blessed to know her. We had a wonderful time in 2012 when we both went to Paris with Iowa Public Television. It was so great to visit with her again. I enjoyed working as your Dad's secretary for many years and also being able to work with Jan. What great people they were. Blessings to your families, Allyson & Stacy. May God bring you comfort. The tribute video was wonderful. Sincerely, Elaine Mohr

Kathy Svec on Nov 13, 2020

This is mostly to Allyson - I am so sorry that I did not know your mother, but she must have passed along her sweet personality and traits to YOU and that tells me a lot about HER. I know you will miss her very much... Kathy Svec

Tom Walsh Jr. on Nov 12, 2020

I have very fond memories of your mother with Marv as neighbors in Ames. Jan smiled and spoke kind words when visiting with her outside along our properties. Marv was always welcoming encouraging me to contribute sticks and leaves to his fire he would construct in the backyard when leaf burning was permitted in the city. Jan’s life video is exceptional showing her active role and loving interaction with the family. Best wishes with love and prayers.

Kris Scheppler on Nov 12, 2020

I have such fond memories of your mom. She was a beautiful lady inside and out. She was always so kind and her smile lit up every room she entered. She and Marv were such good friends of my parents. I will cherish the memories of both of them. Love and prayers for you and your families.

John R. Besh on Nov 12, 2020

What a wonderful lady, mother, business partner for Marv, and a great example for all of us for how to live our lives. Wonderful friends who will be truly missed. We were blest to have known her. John Besh

Jim and Mary Russell on Nov 12, 2020

We will never forget the kindness and help we received from the Walter family when our children were growing up. What a wonderful family. Jim and Mary Russell Our sincere condolences.

Sandy Hunerdosse on Nov 10, 2020

What sad news, my heartfelt thoughts to her family. I met her as her (once a week) mail carrier on Country Club, a beautiful person. When I ran across her delivering at her next home she recognized me even though it’d been awhile since seeing her. My sympathies to you all



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