Walter Lee Markum (Walt), 66, of The Dalles, Ore., went home to Abba, at his home, Friday Oct. 13, 2017.
Walt was born March 3, 1951, in LaGrande, Ore., to Garland Wayne and Lillian Ellen Burkhart Markum. On Feb. 7, 1974, Walt was united in marriage to Vicki Lynn VanZant Joers.
He was a 1969 graduate of Pilot Rock High School in Oregon and earned his Associate’s degree from Clackamas Community College, also in Oregon.
Walt was a business owner, contractor, auto restorationist and minister of God…a real servant who loved people. He was a lifetime member of Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International and House of Grace among many other organizations. Walt was a devoted husband, father and grandpa who enjoyed being with his family. He also loved Jesus, fishing, walking, trucks and cars.
He is survived by his wife and 5 children: Two stepchildren, Tina M. Joers and Tim Wallace (Molalla, Ore.) and James L. Joers (Portland, Ore.); two sons, Walter Scott Markum and Joseph Lee Markum (both of The Dalles); and daughter, Jennifer Ruderman (Vancouver, Wash.); six siblings, Jeanie Lutman (Versallies, Mo.), Betty Markum (Vancouver, Wash.), Robert Markum, Patricia Long, Charline Wyne (all of LaGrande, Ore.), Susan Houge (White Salmon, Wash.) and 11 grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Walt was predeceased by his parents, oldest sister, Julia Fern Markum Ray, and half-brother Rodney Wayne Markum.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at House of Grace (114 West Jefferson Street Bingen, Wash.) A reception will follow. Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center • Celilo Chapel 204 E. 4th Street, The Dalles, Oregon 97058. Visit www.AndersonsTributeCenter.com to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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