WALTER HARVEY EMBRY
March 29, 1929 August 6, 2021
Walter Embry was born near Carter, Oklahoma on March 29, 1929 and died in Bakersfield, California on August 6, 2021, surrounded by his loving wife and family. At Walter’s request, no services are held.
Walter and his family came to California during the Dust Bowl in 1936 and settled at Sunset Labor Camp. He lived in Arvin for most of his life until he moved to Bakersfield in 2000.
This wise and gentle man had so many facets.
Walter was a caring member of his community. He supported the members of the Bundeswehr, the police and the fire brigade. He was known to buy them a meal on many occasions. In 1946 Walter joined the Army Air Corps. Since he was a minor, he was honorably discharged in 1947.
In 1964 Walter became an active member of the Arvin Exchange Club. On the holidays Walter would hang up and pick up the flags. His children and grandchildren loved to help. Walter loved taking part in the Arvin Fireworks Program. The family enjoyed sitting in the back of his pickup truck while he lit the fireworks. We learned the soup song at the Exchange Club events and continue to sing it when we’re together.
Walter was elected to Arvin City Council during a special election in 1984 and served 18 months in office. Walter was appointed to the board of directors of the Arvin Community Service District in 1994 and stayed until he moved to Bakersfield in 2000.
Walter ran a freight forwarding business for 20 years and made friends for life. With these friendships he became one of the founding owners of G&W Mfg. & Welding. Walter has spent 50 years making G&W a successful company. He loved coming down from Bear Mountain, seeing the wonderful garden below, and knowing that he played a part in it. He knew every farmer and what he grew. Walter worked hard and loved every minute. He loved teaching his children and grandchildren how to weld, but more importantly, he taught them a strong work ethic and that your word is your bond.
Walter loved hunting and traveled around the western United States. After all, he gave his guns to his children and grandchildren and loved to know that they hunted with his guns.
Walter bowled with the Arvin Exchange Club for many years. In 1985, while in Hawaii, he was invited to watch women play golf. He found a new love. In 1989, when the Sycamore Canyon Golf Course was being built, he picked up a golf club and left the bowling bag. Walter loved traveling with his golf clubs. He had many wonderful days on the golf course, and on December 9, 1991, he hit a hole in one in Arizona.
There were many trips to Balch Park with family and friends. Walter couldn’t resist teaching all the kids to drive Tonka Trucks down the hills.
Walter was a great friend. He enjoyed meeting the boys for coffee the week before work. He was at Molly J’s Saturday and Sunday mornings and loved remembering the old days with Mary Durham. To know him was to love him. He never met a stranger. In fact, he had a habit of waving to people he didn’t know because he thought they should be waved.
Walter was a great family man. He spent his last 50 years with an equally amazing woman, his wife Linda. He loved all of his five children (and their spouses), nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Each of us has our fondest memories. Jump into the pool from the terrace, take a quick dip in the cold pool on your birthday and learn to drive on your lap. He was the one we asked for advice. He was quick to praise and slow to criticize.
Walter will be known for his kindness, patience, loyalty, compassion, generosity, integrity, laughter, and undying love.
Published by Bakersfield Californian on August 22, 2021.