Walter ìOwenî Church, 78, of Arden, died Saturday, August 31, 2013 at the Charles George Community Living Center in Asheville. A native of Buncombe County, he was the son of the late Walter ìDickî and Jo Church. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Peggy Lineberger.
He retired from the US Air Force as a Tech Sergeant, having served in Korea and Vietnam. He also retired as an electronic engineer with Honeywell. He was a member of Calvary Episcopal Church, and was a Mason with the Mt. Herman Lodge.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Sheila Church; four children, Donna Church Smith and her husband, Tommy of Arden, Diane Julian and her husband Steve, of Asheville, Dawn Church-Smith and her husband, Wayne of Candler, and Richard Church and his wife, Melissa of Old Fort; his sister-in-law, Barbara Hall; ten grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 3:00pm Friday, September 6, 2013, in the chapel of Forest Lawn Funeral Home with Rev. Vic Mansfield officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the chapel. Memorials may be made to Make a Wish Central & WNC, Johnston Building, 212 S. Tryon St., Ste. 1080, Charlotte, NC 28281; Charles George VA Medical Center, Valor Hospice, 1100 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805; or a charity of your choice.