Walter Francis Kearns
MADISON – Walter “Wally” F. Kearns passed away peacefully and comfortably on March 29, 2012 after a short illness with his children at his side. Born September 19, 1924 in Brooklyn NY, Wally proudly served his country during WWII as a radio operator and belly gunner, flying more than 50 missions in Southern Europe. He was honorably discharged from the Army Air Force at Truax Field in Madison in 1946 and chose to settle in Madison. He was an active and engaged community and civic volunteer for more than 60 years. He was most proud of his service to the Dane County Sheriff’s Office as an honorary deputy and to St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center which he faithfully served for more than 27 years as a daily volunteer, logging more than 25,000 volunteer hours. Wally was also a member of VFW Post 1318 and a long time member of the congregation at St. James (aka Good Shepherd) Catholic Church.
Wally is survived by his daughters Connie (Kamal) Daya, Mary (Tom) Andrews, Patty Tucker, Cindy (Brian) Beierle, and Lucia (Tom) Rowley, a daughter-in-law, Carol, 11 grandchildren, Katie, Michael, Brian, Rozmin, Alisha, Alex, Peter, Jackson, Jesse, Charlie and Tommy, and two great-grandchildren, Charlie and Christopher. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Margaret, his brother, Robert, his first wife, Margaret Mary, his second wife, Millie, and his only son, Richard.
Wally was a memorable character. With his trademark thick glasses, razor-sharp part in his hair, blue tie, and SMHMC volunteer jacket, Wally made an impression on all who met him. He will be fondly remembered for a life of service and friendship. The family extends most sincere thank yous to all that gave their support and friendship to our Dad, with special thanks to all the members of Dad’s “family” at St. Mary’s. Wally’s blue Irish eyes are certainly smiling on us all from above.
A memorial Mass and celebration of Wally’s life will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at ST.JAMES CATHOLIC CHURCH, 1134 St. James Court, Madison, Monsignor Thomas Baxter officiating.