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Born: Oct 28, 1937

Date of Passing: Mar 04, 2021

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It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, Walter James Kehler of Winnipeg, Manitoba on March 4, 2021.
Walter was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on October 28, 1937. He was adopted by Frank and Annie Kehler, and raised in Morden, Manitoba.
Walter is survived by his wife Katharine Kehler (Bergmann), son Jason Kehler, daughter Ashley Kehler, granddaughter Liliana, sister Sylvia Moffat (Kehler), and nephews, Mark (Christine) Moffat and Steven Moffat.
Walter grew up in Morden, Manitoba on his parents' farm. At the age of 16, he moved to Winnipeg to attend Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute for his high school education. Upon completing high school, Walter attended the University of Manitoba, originally perusing a career in architecture and even designing a home for his parents. He decided that architecture was not for him and instead pursued a career in law, which he successfully served in for over 50 years.
Walter was respected and appreciated by his colleagues and everyone he knew. His kindness and generosity were known by all who met him. Walter gave of himself till his final day, loving his family and helping them as well as his many friends.
Walter always put others ahead of himself. He served for many years on the board of directors for his church. He maintained business and personal relationships up until the end of his life. His generosity was always evident in his willingness to use his skills and expertise, often without seeking compensation from those he helped.
His most recent years were highlighted by the birth of his granddaughter Liliana. Although they could not spend time with each other in person due to geographic challenges, he delighted in seeing her over video chats, talking to her and playing with her when she would visit.
Walter will be greatly missed. His kindness, generosity and positivity were a light and an example to so many. We take comfort at this time knowing he is at home with his Lord.
Cremation has taken place. Due to current public health orders as well as in keeping with family wishes, no funeral will be held.
In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to a charity of your choice.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 13, 2021

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • I was at law school with Walter and only saw him a few times thereafter but I liked him and saw him as a good and civil man. - Posted by: James Arnett (Law school colleague) on: Aug 28, 2021

  • Dear Mrs. Kehler, Jason, Ashley I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I have fond memories of your husband/father from the times when Jason and I hung out together as children at your place and at church. His kindness definitely shone through in my encounters with him. Praying for comfort and healing for your minds, hearts and spirits, Mark Huebert - Posted by: MARK HUEBERT (FAMILY FRIEND) on: Mar 29, 2021

  • Dear Kathy and family: Darlene and I are most saddened at Walter's sudden passing. It seemed only a few weeks ago that we emailed each other and commented about meeting at R&J's again, post vaccines, to continue a long friendship with spirited discussions on many topics. It was not uncommon for someone to stop at our table to exchange pleasantries with Walter as he knew so many from different walks of life. Walter was easy to smile, kind and generous. I am going to miss him. May you find much comfort and support from those who are close to you. - Posted by: dennis oliver ( A good friend.) on: Mar 16, 2021

  • Dear Kathy and Family, I am so sorry to hear of Walter's passing. We didn't see each other often but I would meet him occasionally when walking as we both worked in the downtown area. He always had a friendly word and would inquire about my family. Please accept my condolences. - Posted by: Dennis Penner (Cousin) on: Mar 15, 2021

  • Our sincerest sympathy to Kathy & family. Walter took care of our legal matters for many years & we truly valued his wisdom, understanding, & gentle nature. There seemed to be a special bond between Walter & Henry which was very much appreciated. Our thoughts & prayers are with you at this difficult time. - Posted by: Henry & Evelyn Pankratz (Clients) on: Mar 13, 2021

  • Dear Kathy and Family, Walter was a trusted and valued friend first and foremost to our father David Klassen. He became that to my sister Rhonda Neufeld and my self as well through his calm, reassuring, gentle way Navigating us with his expertise through difficult times. God grant you His peace and comfort as you mourn his loss yet celebrate a life well lived Roma Klassen Niessen Kelowna Bc - Posted by: Roma Niessen (Client ) on: Mar 13, 2021

  • Dear Kathy and family, we are so sorry to hear about the passing of Walter. He was such a kind, generous friend and neighbour to us for many years. It was such a pleasure getting together over coffee or a glass of wine. He will be sadly missed. Rest In Peace Walter. - Posted by: Toni and Darryl Drohomerski (Neighbours and Friends) on: Mar 13, 2021

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