"The Choice of More Okmulgee Area Families"


7-24-1915 – 11-1-2007

Walter, affectionately known as "Da", passed peacefully from our lives to begin his heavenly life with Christ, surrounded by loving family. Although his tired heart beats no more, his legacy of love, laughter and a guiding stern hand will live on in his family forever. Da was born 92 years ago in Providence, Rhode Island to Adam and Honrota Machala. He attended and graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in Microbiology. During World War II he enlisted with the 42nd Army for medical recruits at Carlisle Army Base in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He proudly served his country in the Med. Corp in Calcutta, India. He often said the proudest moment of his life was the day he put on his 1st Lt. Uniform. Walter was a man that possessed a deep yearning to learn and absorbed everything he possible could. Even during his weakest days he made time for his computer and "free lotto". He lived his life as an exclamation, not an explanation. Da had a fondness and pride in his gardening and was a purple martin bird lover. He gave nicknames to everyone he knew. One of his famous sayings was "Beware and Be Alert". Walter is survived by his wife of 64 years, "Dan" Nanna, a brother, Adam Machala, a daughter, Nanna Machala Pansze, and a son Walter Machala, Jr. and wife Peggy. He also left behind to grieve his loss, six grandchildren, Lisa Newman, Ryan Pansze, Reed Pansze, Cody Machala and wife Jennifer, Kevin Machala and Kylie Machala Copeland and husband Jeremy. Da also had four great grandchildren, Natalie, Neely, Sophia and Karsten. The family would like to express their deep appreciation to Crossroads Hospice, Bill Humphries and the loving support we received from Kay Cole. A graveside service and celebration of Walter’s life will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, November 5, 2007 at the Okmulgee Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the American Heart Association or Crossroads Hospice.