December 31, 1929 ~ August 24, 2020

Born in: Buffalo, New York
Resided in: Fremont, California

Robert E. Walter passed away at his residence at Carlton Senior Living on Monday August 24, 2020. He was 90.

Robert E. “Bob” Walter was born in Buffalo, NY on December 31, 1929, to Ernest R. and Mary (Hamman) Walter. He was the oldest of three brothers. He graduated from Seneca Vocational High School in 1947 and entered military service with the US Army in 1948. He received training in electrical engineering at Ft. Belvoir, VA and served in Korea with the 5th Army Corps of Engineers, earning the rank of sergeant first class. After leaving the Army he continued his education and received a degree in Electrical Technology from Erie County Technical Institute in 1954.

Bob married Virginia Lickers on April 26, 1952 in Buffalo, NY. They started their family in Cleveland, OH where Bob worked for Federal Pacific Electric (FPE). The family moved to Southern California in 1960 where they lived until moving to Fremont, CA in 1973. Bob and Virginia were married for 62 years. She was the love of his life.

Bob worked in the electrical industry all of his professional life. After starting with FPE back east he was transferred to their plant in Los Angeles, CA where he eventually became engineering manager. In 1973 he left FPE and moved to Fremont CA to work for Industrial Electric Mfg. (IEM) as the engineering manager and Vice President of Engineering. He retired as an employee in the late 1990’s but continued to serve IEM in an engineering capacity as a consultant doing business as REW Services. He retired completely at the end of 2018.

Bob is survived by his brother Richard of Santee, CA; son Robert Walter Jr & daughter-in-law Laurie Walter of Fremont, CA, son Martin Walter & daughter-in-law Cheryl Walter of Orangevale, CA; grandchildren Christopher Walter & spouse Tetia Walter, Phillip Walter, Lia Tucker & spouse Brannon Tucker, Brian Walter & spouse Kim Walter; great-grandchildren Thomas Walter, Savannah Walter, Cooper Walter, Adeline Walter, and Brinley Tucker. He is preceded in death by his father Ernest Walter, his mother Mary Walter, his younger brother Clifford Walter, his wife Virginia Walter, and his son Carl Walter.

Robert will be interred, with his wife Virginia, at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella, CA after a committal ceremony for immediate family only. A celebration of Robert’s life will be scheduled at a later date

Memories Timeline


  1. Dad:
    We learned so much about marriage, parenting and dealing with life from watching you and Mom.
    Thanks for always being the anchor of the family.
    We love you,
    Bob & Laurie

  2. CandleGrandpa Bob,

    Thank you for taking me and my family in and treating us like family. We all learned a lot about love, compassion, and having an open heart from you. We feel so blessed to have to known and look forward to seeing you again in Heaven.

  3. CandleWe are truly sorry for your loss.
    You and your family have our deepest sympathy.
    I (Isabel) was very fortunate to have wonderful conversations with Bob, I will miss him.


  4. CandleI will really miss Bob! Such a great guy and such a wonderful family. I loved chatting with Bob and hearing his stories. He loved the care packages that Bob Jr and Laurie would bring for him. He was a happy camper with his pineapple and Svenhard’s pastries. He will definitely be missed here at Carlton!

  5. I am so sad to learn of Bob’s passing from this world. I know he is with Virginia, the love of his life. I always loved to hear Virginia talk about Bob, how they met, their love for one another and their love of life. May you find peace in knowing they are both free of pain and watching over all of you.

  6. CandleI am so sorry for your loss, my heart goes out to your and your family.
    Sending prayers of comfort and love.

  7. CandleIt was my privilege to have worked with Bob in varying roles for most of the past 30 years. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to have been able to work with and learn from him. His family has my condolences and my prayers.

    Two things stand out about Bob in my memories. First, he was skilled and creative engineer who was willing to share his expertise with others. Second, and to me more important, even in the pressure of deadlines or adversity Bob remained a gentleman in every sense of the word.

    He will be missed but never forgotten.

  8. CandleBob was a wealth of knowledge at IEM and great resource
    to go to for technical expertise . He was always cool ( Frank) called him the Fonz
    I was lucky to have worked with him for many years and learned from him. I
    am deeply sorry for the loss to the Walter family my heart goes out to them.

  9. CandleBob was wonderful as a choir partner. He kept me on time and in tune. Very much enjoyed his company and voice in the choir. Remember the good old days of 5 men in the choir. He was a great man and valuable member to the church.

    My thoughts are with you.


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