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Walter Joseph Ganhl

September 1, 1934 - April 5, 2020

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Walter Joseph Ganahl


Walter (Walt) J Ganahl, of Montrose, CO. passed away on April 5, 2020 at the age of 85.  He was the youngest of six children; born to Walter L Ganahl and Mary E Burke in Hawthorne, CA on September 1, 1934.

Walt grew up in Hawthorne CA. When he married, he and his wife Marilyn first lived in Marina Del Rey, CA.  After the birth of their first 2 children, they moved to Westminster CA, where they had their youngest 2 children. In 1978 he moved his family up to Issaquah, WA. After he retired, he and Marilyn moved out to Montrose CO, where Marilyn currently resides today.

Walt is survived by his wife Marilyn B Ganahl.  He is also survived by his 4 children Adele C Hauk of Montrose, CO, Eric M Ganahl and wife Lynn of Tacoma, WA, Charlotte M Rolfe and husband Erin of Peyton, CO, and Kenneth G Ganahl and wife Misha of Everett, WA. His brother Richard J Ganahl and wife Joan of Sacramento, CA, and his sister Arlene Ganahl Muise of Chattaroy, WA, also his sisters-in-law Nancy R Ganahl of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, Kazuko A Ganahl of Bellevue, WA and 9 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and 22 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Walter L and Mary E Ganahl, his brothers Donald L Ganahl, Robert B Ganahl and his sister Jenné E De Piazza.

Walter received a Bachelor’s of Mathematics from California State University at Long Beach.  He worked as a Software Engineer for Douglas Aircraft, Rockwell International Aircraft, and Boeing.

 He enjoyed fishing with his grandchildren, hiking, camping, studying German and math.  He also enjoyed playing cards with family and friends. He enjoyed painting and was a member of the Montrose Art Guild.  Walt also loved animals of all kinds.