Walter "Wally" L. Markham

Nov 14, 2019
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Graveside Services: 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at Garden of Memories Mausoleum, Waterloo with military rites.


3:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Friday, November 22, 2019 at Locke Funeral Home, Waterloo


Garden of Memories Cemetery, Waterloo


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Honor Flight or Special Olympics Iowa, 551 SE Dovetail Road, Box 620, Grimes, IA 50111.


Walter "Wally" Lew Markham, 73, of Waterloo, IA, died on Thursday, November 14, 2019, at MercyOne Waterloo Medical Center.

He was born on July 7, 1946 in Cedar Rapids, to Winston “Red” L. and Helen E. Hacker Markham and graduated from Waterloo West High School in 1964. He served in the United States Army (1969-1972).

Wally was a supervisor at John Deere Waterloo Works retiring in 2001. He married Vicky Lindquist on October 4, 2014, at the American Lutheran Church, La Porte City.

He was a member of Waterloo American Legion, Moose Lodge, Waterloo Elks, Waterloo Eagles, and Waterloo Amvets Post #19.

Wally was a generous, kind man. Mr. Wonderful possessed an infectious laugh, a brilliant smile and stubbornness!

In his early years, he was a great wrestler and loved the sport. Wally loved cars, cruising the waters in Florida in his boat and the game of Golf. Wally and his son Adam created many memories through Special Olympics and time spent at the golf course, something they were both passionate about. During his retired years, Wally volunteered and mowed the greens at the La Porte City Golf Club. He purchased the course and remodeled the facility for the community to enjoy. It became Wally’s World! Wally had many close friends and enjoyed their company daily at Smitty’s playing cards and evenings at the Light House. To know him whole heartedly was to love him immensely. He will be missed…

Wally is survived by his wife, Vicky; daughter, Becky Ehlert‚ Cedar Falls; step-daughter, Michele (Tim) Peters‚ Waterloo; step-son, Brad Lindquist‚ Waterloo; three step-granddaughters, Kaitlyn and Shelby Werner and Krystal North; and a sister, Dr. Judy Beckman‚ Cedar Falls.


He is preceded in death by his parents and his beloved son, Adam Markham.

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  1. Sara Witt | Nov 22, 2019

    We were so sorry to hear the sad news about Wally.  Vicky and extended family, our heartsgo out to you all.  We were just in Waterloo today for Don Lowe’s funeral (Steve’s uncle, and a teacher many of us Wahawks class of ‘64 remember).  Had we known, would have come to the visitation.

    Wally will long be remembered for his great smile and friendly personality.  The class reunion at the golf club was so much fun.  Actually, all of our class reunions were great.  Wally will be greatly missed.  You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Steve and Sara (Schroeder)  Witt 🙏��





  2. Carol Cowan Graci | Nov 21, 2019

    Its really hard to write a condolence to a friend. We all had good laughs and wonderful memories with Wally of our crazy h.s. days. I loved our class reunions especially our 50th when we met at Wally's La Porte Golf Club, played golf and had dinner there at the club.  He was proud to show some of us his office downstairs, his pictures and trophies.  He truly was in his element of socializing with everyone. My heart too goes out to Vicky and family. Just reading these condolences is heart warming as he was liked by so many. 

  3. Mike Knox | Nov 21, 2019

    Vicky and family:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you during this difficult time. I have known Wally for many years, dating back to the chicken on wheels days as I lived just down the street on Manhard. And I can attest to Wally's generosity personally because he once gave me a nickel to jump off the old Falls Avenue bridge. He will be missed by many and I have been blessed o have known him.

  4. Alba | Nov 21, 2019
    Such sad news to hear about wallys passing, he keeps his boat at walkers Hideaway Marina on Marco. Islad Fl, I heard about his passing from his good friend greg who stopped in tuesday, He sure will be missed by all of us here! Always showing up with a big ssmile! Such a nice man! Known him since I started here, He always liked to have his beer & ice on his boat,Wally always left me tips after paying for his beer & ice & would say “here leave it for the baby” my prayers & condolences to his family, Mayhe rest in peace ♡
  5. Dale Anderson | Nov 20, 2019

    Wally was a great friend to me in high school.  I remember especially riding in his car.  Since it had no brakes, Wally had to pull the emergency brake so we could stop at stop lights. After awhile we had to yell out the windows, "NO BRAKES!!"

    The things I remember best about Wally were that:

    he had a heart of gold


    he was a friend to everyone. 

    RIP my old friend.


  6. Craig Wickham | Nov 19, 2019

    Vicky and family: So sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I was fortunate enough to have worked with Wally for many years. He was truly a great person and mentor to work with and a good friend. He helped make work fun and enjoyable. We had quite a few good Pepper games at break times (sometimes extended--but he was the boss).

    Wally was a very generous and yes "sometimes" a stubborn person, but that stubbornness helped him find a way to get the job done effectively and always with a positive outcome.

    I will miss the old West High and Edison wrestling stories, as we all seemed to get better as we got older!! He was a great supporter of West High and the West High Golf Outing and I have many fond memories of the Good Friday golf tournaments.

    I was also lucky enough to have played a couple of rounds of golf with Wally and Adam at South Hills golf course. He inspired many people with his love and devotion to Adam.

    Wally put the P in PFUN at work and in all his life endeavors. He willed be missed by us all. 

    Craig and Lynette Wickham

  7. cam kastli | Nov 19, 2019

    Our sympathy to the family.  Crazy Wally.  He made the days fun at John Deere.  

    Great to work with.

    Cam and Greg Kastli

  8. Barry remington | Nov 19, 2019

    A good and decent man has left us to take 

    his humor and generosity to better place!

    RIP, Wally, you will be missed by all!!

  9. Kevan Cortright | Nov 19, 2019

    To Wally's family and friends,

    I'm sorry you must endure this loss. I will miss him and that contagious

    smile and sense of humor. His good fortune a few years back touched many 

    lives and it was a joy to see that unfold. I send you my heartfelt sympathy and prayers for

    support. May God bless and give you strength.

    Sincerely, Kevan Cortright

  10. Gary Meyers | Nov 19, 2019
    Wally always made me laugh anytime I was aroundhim. So sad his time here has ended so soon. 
    RIP Wally🙏🙏🙏
  11. Bernie Handfelt | Nov 19, 2019

    This is such sad news, you have my condolences.

    Wally was a great boss and mentor to me.

    Ya had to love his sense of humor too.

  12. Russ Bartz | Nov 19, 2019
     My heart goes to the family. Wally was a good friend. I'll see you on the "T-Box" in heaven Wally.
  13. CHAD VAN DYKE | Nov 19, 2019
  14. Casey | Nov 18, 2019
    RIP Wally...🙏🙏🙏

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