Major Walter "Wally" Erck, Jr.
August 3, 1957 - May 13, 2021
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Major Walter “Wally” Erck, Jr., age 63 years, of Williamsburg, VA, died suddenly on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at his home. He was an accountant and financial oversight auditor for the Department of the Air Force at the Pentagon. He was born in Joliet, IL and spent his formative years in Wilmington, IL and Bloomfield,…

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Deanna Bonner-Ganter left a message on May 29, 2021:
My sympathies to the family of William and Rose Haas and Walter Erck, and Glen for the loss of Major Walter Erck. Deanna S. Bonner-Ganter
Mark Morthier left a message on May 25, 2021:
Wally was a childhood neighbor of mine for about 8 years. He was about 5 years older than me. He always had a kind word, a gentle smile. and something encouraging to say. I can't recall anyone in the neighborhood who had anything negative to say about him. He was a very likable person and a true gentleman. He will be missed. Rest in peace Wally!
Janice S Lowstuter left a message on May 24, 2021:
Wally and Rob, 2018
Steve Connair left a message on May 24, 2021:
I worked with Wally for many years at Headquarters, U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, in the area of finance. Wally always worked hard, and was promoted to the highest levels of the civil service. Wally was among the best civil service personnel I ever knew. He was also one of the best people I ever knew. His views on financial oversight of morale, welfare, and recreation operations for airmen worldwide were highly respected by everyone. He also donated much of his free time to helping others, especially his beloved Boy Scouts of America. I feel a great sense of loss in Wally’s passing. Less than two years ago he retired and moved into a new home. I wish he could have had another 20 or 30 years of happy retirement. But the Lord works in mysterious ways. In the end I know Wally is with the Lord in perfect peace and happiness. I will never forget the special person he was. Thanks to the family for streaming the funeral and the cemetery service. It was good to be able to say goodbye to Wally in this way. Steve Connair, Annandale, Virginia
Karen and Steve Connair left a message on May 24, 2021:
My husband Steve and I were very shocked and saddened to hear of Wally’s sudden passing. He was one of the kindest and cheerful people we have ever met. My husband was his supervisor at the Pentagon for many years. We attended his retirement lunch and went out to dinner a few times. He was so eagerly awaiting his retirement years to enjoy his new home in Williamsburg and to travel around the world. That’s why we were so sad to hear of his brief life cut short. But he had a lifetime of adventures. His kind deeds working with youth in Scouting and other endeavors touched many people throughout the world and will continue to do so for many years. We are truly blessed to have known him. He touched our lives as well. RIP dear friend.
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Shaun and Emily Lieb left a message on May 24, 2021:
Rick, Aunt Maria and family, We’re keeping you in our hearts today as you say goodbye to such a special person in your lives. All our love and prayers- Shaun, Emily, Audrey, Thomas & Caroline
Sue and David Griffin left a message on May 24, 2021:
Fun memory to share of us being in EPCOT at the food and wine festival and who do we see walking into America? Wally and Ricky! Who knew! We laughed at this even to this day. Had dinner together on the Boardwalk that night and had a great time. This would set us up for a number of years following, meeting at the Food and Wine Festival and even spending time at Wally’s time share close by. Great memories.
Terri Asbury left a message on May 24, 2021:
Wally was a boss, a mentor, and a friend for years. He was just as skilled at telling work stories as he was telling Boy Scout stories. He was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed. All who knew and cared for Wally are in our hearts and prayers.
Aubrey & Pam Hodges left a message on May 24, 2021:
Mr. Erck was an absolute gem of a human being: incredibly thoughtful and diligent, especially to all the people he affected in Troop 84. It was his leadership that made most of us want to stay in scouting and finish out our Eagle ranks. Mr. Erck found humor in many situations, but knew when it was necessary to be serious and lead as well. It was one of the many lessons I took from him while growing up. We were highly saddened by his passing, as we had just spoken for the first time in years on the phone to catch up nearly two months ago. We leave Mr. Erck's family and friends nothing less than the cherished memories of him and the solemn pride that must be theirs to have nurtured and known a man as grand as he.
Phyllis and Dick Mazzella left a message on May 23, 2021:
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Michelle Brenizer left a message on May 23, 2021:
Wally was so incredibly thoughtful. Whether it be sending cards for the holidays or visiting his loved ones, he always showed he cared. I remember sharing a post that my daughter was selling Girl Scout cookies. He sent a message to me saying I would like to buy some cookies, but would like you to give them to families in need. Our family lived far away from Wally and we didn't see each other often, but we always loved seeing him. He will be missed.
Barbara Sampe left a message on May 22, 2021:
We are so sorry to hear of Wally's passing. Our paths have not crossed in recent years but did while we were still working at Langley and at Ramstein GERMANY. BARBARA AND BOB SAMPE.
Knight Seavey left a message on May 21, 2021:
My son Drew and I were very blessed to have experienced scouting with Wally at the helm. Wally guided and inspired Drew through the years to the rank of Eagle Scout. As an assistant scoutmaster at Troop 166 in Albuquerque we came to know and enjoy Wally’s wisdom, wit and deep commitment to the boys. We were most fortunate to have experienced countless hikes in Santa Fe’s Pecos Mountains, the Grand Canyon (multiple times), Catalina Island Sea Base, the Boundary Waters, Philmont Scout Ranch and community projects. Most importantly I have no doubt that Wally played a significant role in the character development of my son as he headed off to college and adulthood. Wally was truly a treasure and he will be greatly missed.
Jamee Schleifer left a message on May 21, 2021:
The lessons I learned at Hidden Valley when Wally was the Pioneer Head Counselor still stay with me today...the one match fire starter, following trail signs and rope burning techniques to win! HIs compassion for the children and passion for his work inspired me to be the counselor I was to become. If you were lucky enough to know Wally, you were lucky. Jamee Schleifer - HV ‘77-‘80
Jonelle & Rudy Kamman left a message on May 20, 2021:
Wonderful memories of days together at Kirkland, Rudy as a co-worker and Jonelle and our son because of Boy Scouts. Always smart, loyal, good natured and wise Wally was a gift to everyone who knew him. His passing leaves a void in this World. Always found time to visit enjoyed when he stopped at our home in TN.
Dennis & Peg Camp left a message on May 20, 2021:
Wally was such a dear soul whose smile made you forget all your troubles. Our kinship through both serving in the Air Force and then our many Scouting years together, the loss which leaves a hole in my heart. My wife and I send our deepest condolences to the family.
Evelyn Dawkins left a message on May 20, 2021:
Wally was the new troop leader in Hampton just about the same time my son was ready to quit scouts. He was tired of the unexciting things the troop had been doing, but Wally convinced him to "hang in there." Wally arranged some of the most interesting activities, rallied the parents, increased the size of the troop and gave new life to the boys. After the first day of a 50 mile hike, my son, who wanted to come home, woke up the next morning and carried on. He learned he could do anything if he put his mind to it. He was one of many who received his Eagle Scout. He attended William and Mary, majored in government with an emphasis on the Middle East and learned Arabic. With a job offer in the ME, he was stunned when early broke loose in the ME and he had no job. Now what? He took a friend's advice and pursued a completely different car4eer. He is now a successful CFP Wealth Advisor. Wally taught him to try new adventures and never to give up. Wally was a great teacher~!
Fred Witter left a message on May 19, 2021:
I am so saddened by Wally's passing. I had the pleasure of getting to know him and work with him while stationed at the Air Force Services Agency and he was at the Pentagon. Wally visited our organization frequently and worked within our functional area. He was an absolute professional and more importantly, a genuine and sincere soul. We shared many meals and discussions and I always enjoyed his visit. My condolences to his personal family and to Wally's Air Force family. He will be missed.
Mark Montgomery left a message on May 19, 2021:
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Wally. For many years I had the pleasure of working with Wally and I totally enjoyed our close working relationship and his scouting stories that always provided a life lesson. Through Wally’s wealth of knowledge, communication expertise and ever-present kindness and calmness, he accomplished many programs and projects that improved the lives of Airmen and their families around the world. You will truly be missed. With deepest sympathy.
David Day Jr. left a message on May 19, 2021:
My deepest condolences to the Erck Family. Wally was truly a great man that cared deeply for the Military family that he was such a big part of for so many years. He was a man I admired who was always there to help. The military and the government lost a great soul when he retired and now the world has lost a great soul as well. God bless him may he rest in peace and God bless the family. David & Barbara Day
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Carolyn Campbell left a message on May 19, 2021:
Wally was one of those people that was just kind to the core. As I look at all the remembrances of him, they are all positive and uplifting. He was a mentor to me as I learned about leadership in scouting, and he was instrumental in both of my boys becoming Eagle scouts and having a positive experience throughout their scouting career. As you can see from the photo, he was always smiling. Thank you for sharing him with us!! Carolyn Campbell (Troop 84, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Hampton VA)
Bernard Davey left a message on May 19, 2021:
To the Erck Family, Wally was such a great person, and a great friend and mentor to me. I was blessed to be stationed with him at Langley AFB, VA, when he was already retired and I was still on Active Duty. After we both left Langley we would often go to dinner when he would visit San Antonio to catch up on each other’s lives. Wally was the epitome of a servant leader, living a life of serving others. He made others shine by bringing them up. I will truly miss him and offer my prayers for comfort and strength during this sad time. Sincerely, Bernie Davey
Ivajean Peters left a message on May 18, 2021:
One item of advice Wally gave me while working together and you wanted to leave work early was “carry a distribution folder and say you are heading to a meeting” as he walked out of the door. He never was questioned. When I became a supervisor our saying was “carrying a distribution folder and saying we were going to the NAF office” . We would drop the folder off at NAF and head on out the gate. My office took turns using Wally’s advice and it worked every time! Loved Wally, his humor, knowledge, and especially his friendship! Rest In Peace; you’ve earned it.
Kim Luce left a message on May 18, 2021:
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Manny left a message on May 18, 2021:
I am deeply sadden by the passing of my best friend of nearly 46 years. Next to my Mom, brother-in-law, Wally Erck was like a brother that I never had. I thank the Good Lord for the privilege of knowing Wally. I will truly miss him big time.
Russ Vogel left a message on May 18, 2021:
What a great life! Wally touched so many people through all his different interests and selfless charitable activities. He was genuinely kind to all and interested in everyone he knew. As a lifelong scouter and man of faith, he left a legacy that will pay dividends for years and years. As a USAF officer and for the rest of his life, he typified the core values we hold so dear: integrity above all else, service before self, excellence in all we do! RIP my friend. Job very well done.
William C Kaufmann left a message on May 18, 2021:
Wally, simple, I will miss you. Our time in the troop was so great. It was great guy and kid fun. Thanks for the memories. So glad I got back in touch 5 years ago to pick up where we left off. Glad to have known you. Fellow Eagle scouts are hard to forget. Bill Kaufmann
Linda Alcala left a message on May 18, 2021:
RIP my friend. You will be missed. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to work with you. Your guidance has helped me grow and become a better leader. Glad we were able to talk a few months ago..prayers to your family as well as your FM family. Linda
Denise Poirier left a message on May 18, 2021:
Our deepest sympathies to the family. Wally will be greatly missed, he was a great guy! Denise and Bill Poirier Abakee Cottages
William left a message on May 18, 2021:
Wally, you were a great man. Your leadership was outstanding, a true mentor in every sense of the word. You will be greatly missed. God bless.
Ranae Woods left a message on May 18, 2021:
Wally was one of the kindest souls I've ever worked with and known. I will forever remember him and be forever grateful for the support he gave me and the Air Force. My condolences.
Harrison Haas left a message on May 18, 2021:
Wally you will truly be missed. We had some great times over the years in New Hampshire as well as Hawaii, Florida and many other family gatherings. My biggest regret was not being able to go on one of your epic backpacking trips out west. I will, however, will always have these other great memories of us that we shared together. I do wish we had another week at Abakee together and the ability to be able to say goodbye.
Chuck Shea left a message on May 18, 2021:
I am so sorry for your loss. I served with Wally for many years, and he was always a kind, caring, and affable gentleman who took his NAF oversight job seriously. The world was always a much better place with Wally in it, and I'm so honored to have met him and served with him. He made a big difference in my life and always was an example to emulate.
James and Deborah Boyer left a message on May 18, 2021:
Out thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Both my wife and I worked with WALLY FOR SEVEAL YEARS. DURING THIS TIME WE BECAME FRIEND AND CONTINUED THIS UPTON RETIREMENT. Peace be with you and prayers.
TIMOTHY PRITCHETT left a message on May 17, 2021:
I am heartbroken to hear of the passing of Wally. I worked with Wally on the HQ ACC FM Staff in the early turn of the 21st century. Wally always had a smile and kind word to share. Even many years later as we went different directions due to military life...whenever we crossed paths at a conference or workshop, Wally would always make it a point to say hello with that heartfelt genuine smile. My deepest condolences and prayers of strength and comfort to the the entire Erck family.
Janice, Norman, Rob, Derek and Familes left a message on May 17, 2021:
We are heartbroken about this sad news. There are not too many family times that Wally's name does not come up in conversation. Thinking of you all at this difficult time. Wally, you were one of a kind, and we thank you for all of your kindness and encouragement along the way. You will be missed.
Charity & Mark Rinker left a message on May 16, 2021:
So, so sorry to hear of Wally's death. Our condolences to you, Walter, & Eileen & your whole family. Love, Charity & Mark
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