Walt was born in Rockford, Illinois on October 17, 1935 to Nannie and William Wadman, both immigrants from Sweden. He was their only child. His death occurred August 14, 2021
Walt spent most of his youth and received his education in Illinois, where he met Irma Vanninen Wadman, his adored wife and friend of 63 years. Together they lived in the Chicago area while having three children.
In 1968, Walt was transferred to Boise, Idaho. Packing up the family, they departed for the west leaving all relatives and friends behind. In 1971, Walt was asked to move back to Chicago, however, having enjoyed Idaho, Walt and Irma decided they wanted to raise their family in a state which had so much to offer, a decision never regretted.
As a family, as well as with friends, they enjoyed skiing, camping, fishing, hiking and backpacking (also many more activities too numerous to mention). Much of the time was spent exploring and enjoying the Central and Sawtooth mountains. A few memorable excursions also included camping with Illinois friends, meeting them halfway between Boise and Chicago.
Walt enjoyed life and he enjoyed his family, leaving behind his wife, three children and their spouses, six grandchildren, and four great grandchildren (another one the way). He worked hard, always giving his best for his wife and children, and the company for which he worked. Walt led a great life, did well, and will be deeply and truly missed.
A memorial service will be held on August 28, 2021 at 11:00AM at True Hope Collister Church, 4709 W State St. Boise, ID 83703.
In accordance with his wishes, the family will hold a private burial ceremony.
In lieu of flowers, please honor Walt by giving to:
- Boise Rescue Mission
- Idaho Food Bank
- True Hope Collister Helping Hands Fund
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Vivian Gaines saysAugust 19, 2021 at 10:12 am
With tears I wish you all (Walt’s family)my sincere condolences.
Gary Tuttle saysAugust 20, 2021 at 5:14 pm
“Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so . . .
One short sleep past, we wake eternally
And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.”
–John Donne, Sonnet X
Rich Drury saysAugust 22, 2021 at 12:09 pm
Walt was one of the best bosses I ever worked for – demanding but fair, very supportive and always had your back, willing to lead and train, not driven by company politics, down to earth and true to his principles. We had many long discussions over lunch these last few years, about family, life, religion and business. I will miss our friendship and lunches tremendously. I guess an important thing I can say about Walt is that he was a good friend. My condolences to Irma and all his family. Walt will be missed.
lisa saysAugust 22, 2021 at 12:16 pm
Irma, I know my mother Lois) would have wanted to be able to reach out to you to let you know she is standing beside you in support, grieving alongside you and your family. I hope you can feel her arms around you. Sometimes it is hardest for those left behind, but know that he is with you always. Lisa Hatten Reese
kevin McDonald saysAugust 27, 2021 at 11:15 am
Irma and family. One thing you always knew and admired about Walt when working with him was he was always quest ioning but very fair.l and caring. He was a pleasure to know and to work with on the Tamarack Bay condo board and we will miss him.