Walter A Pease passed away on December 10, 2011 at home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Springfield Massachusetts on August 12, 1920, he was the son of the late Walter and Isabell (Ashwell) Pease, and lived in Ludlow all of his life.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Fannie (Brockway) Pease. Walter is also survived by his three sons and their wives, Robert and Diane Pease, Richard and Pamela Pease, Roy and Kathleen Pease, all of Ludlow and a daughter, Susan Chilcote of Indiana. His son-in-law, Terry Chilcote pre deceased him in 2010. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren, Kimberly Steigmeyer, Alison Pease; Ryan, Jason, and Kayla Pease; Michael and James Pease; and John, Michael, Jeremy, Christopher Chilcote and Terri Jo Himelick: and 5 great grandchildren. Also surviving Walter are his brother, Carl Pease and wife, Dorothy, of New York and his sister, Lillian Mitchell of Ludlow as well as many cherished nieces and nephews.
Walter was a graduate of Ludlow High School (1938) and of the University of Massachusetts (1940) and honorably served in the Army in WWII. He received the Victory Medal, the American Theatre Campaign Ribbon, and the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon. He was an Assistant Manager for Agway, Egg Marketing Division, in Springfield for over 35 years and later enjoyed his employment in the Town Office building in Ludlow. He was a member of the Ludlow Senior Center, and served the Town as an election warden for many years.
Walter was active in The First Congregational Church in Ludlow, serving at times as a deacon and Church moderator from 1977-2003, and was a mainstay in the kitchen for many Church events. He was also the Troop Leader for Cub Scout Troop 181 for 10 years.
He was active in the local 4-H activities. For 19 years he was the cook for the Hampden County 4-H camp in Spencer, Massachusetts during his summer vacation, and was a volunteer judge, judging vegetables and rabbits, for many local fairs. In 1979 along with his wife, he was presented with a Citation for Outstanding Service to 4-H by the Hampden County 4-H Council.
Walter’s biggest community passion was as a member of the Grange. A member for 75 plus years, he has held many offices, including Master of the former Ludlow Grange; Master of the Pomona Grange; and Special Deputy for the Massachusetts State Grange. For 17 years he cooked for the staff in the Grange Building at the Big E. In 2006 he was honored with an Award for Public Service from the Pomona Grange, and in 2003 he received the ROSE award, Recognition of Service Excellence Award, from the Massachusetts State Grange.
Despite his busy civic endeavors, Walter was also a part time farmer, raising rabbits which he sold locally, and maintaining a vegetable garden famous for its’ parsnips. He also had a passion for growing flowers which dates back to his years at UMass.
Walter enjoyed hunting, fishing, and was an avid sports fan. He found great joy in attending his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren’s sporting events, and always was joyous and smiling whenever they visited him.
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Service will be held Thursday at 10:00 am at the First Congregational Church, 859 Center St. Ludlow, followed by burial with full military honors at Island Pond Cemetery.