Charles Conrad Walts, 84, firm owner, Army colonel

March 20, 2003

Charles Conrad Walts, a real estate firm owner and retired Army colonel, died of heart failure Friday at his home in Palm City, Fla. He was 84 and divided his time between Florida and his summer home in North Baltimore.

Born in St. Joseph, Mo., he earned a chemical engineering degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

He was an engineer with Davison Chemical company and worked at its office at 24th and St. Paul streets in the 1940s.

He joined the Army during World War II and made a career of the military. Before his 1969 retirement as a colonel, he held artillery, aviation and command assignments in Australia, Alaska, Korea, Vietnam and Germany. He was a master Army aviator, with 5,000 hours flying time in Vietnam. He received the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the Army Commendation Medal.

In 1983, Colonel Walts founded Walts Realty in Stuart, Fla., where he remained active until his death.

Services were held yesterday in Stuart.

Survivors include his wife of 14 years, the former Muriel Wollman; two sisters, Laura W. Clark of Albuquerque, N.M., and Conradine Akin of Shelburne, Vt.; a stepson, George Reed of Baltimore; a stepdaughter, Carol Goldsmith of San Francisco; and six grandchildren. His first wife, the former Anne Millo, died in 1987.

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