WALTER EDWARD MACHALA, SR.
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