Charles Oden Walter, 89, truck driver, volunteer fireman

March 24, 2006

Charles Oden "Doc" Walter, a retired truck driver and 55-year member of the Hampstead Volunteer Fire Engine and Hose Co., died Tuesday from complications of an infection at Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster.

He was 89.

Mr. Walter was born and raised in Reisterstown and graduated from Franklin High School.

He worked at the Rush Grain Co. in Hampstead and was a driver for Suburban Propane Co. for 26 years before retiring in 1981.

Since 1951, Mr. Walter was an active member of the Hampstead volunteer fire company, where he had served as assistant chief and drove fire apparatus, and had been the company's ambulance driver for 45 years.

"He helped save so many lives during his time as an ambulance driver," said his daughter, Patricia A. Hain of Timonium.

She added, "There was nothing he wouldn't do or a distance too far to go."

Mr. Walter had been a member for many years of the Carroll County Volunteer Fireman's Association, now the Carroll County Volunteer Emergency Services Association.

He was also a member of the Hampstead Volunteer Fire Company Hall of Fame.

A Republican, Mr. Walter was a member of the Hampstead Planning and Zoning Committee for 20 years.

He was a longtime active member of Dover United Methodist Church.

Services are to be held at 11 a.m. today at Eline Funeral Home, 934 S. Main St. in Hampstead.

After services, Mr. Walter's casket will be transported by firetruck to Hampstead Cemetery for interment.

Also surviving are his wife of 66 years, the former Mary Katherine Sprinkle; a brother, Ralph Walter of Reisterstown; a sister, Edna P. Stocksdale of Reisterstown; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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