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Philip Gregory Walters, 1952–2017

Philip Gregory Walters (Greg) passed away on Nov. 8, 2017. He was born on Jan. 20, 1952, at Lamar, Colo. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne Walters; stepson, Jon Vallembois; granddaughters, Kylie and Emily Vallembois; brother, John David Walters, and wife, Pat Walters; four nephews and their families and many cousins. He was preceded in death by parents, Monty and Louise Walters; and sister, Joyce Lash.

He spent his adult life in Lancaster and Tehachapi, Calif. In his early years, he was an avid volleyball and baseball player, and loved to ocean surf. He was a history buff, as well as a boating, fishing and camping enthusiast and loved to tell jokes.

He attended high school in Lancaster. Shortly thereafter, at Long Beach, Calif., he entered and served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1970 to 1974, stationed both at Hawaii and Charleston, S.C. After the Coast Guard, he attended college at Antelope Valley in Lancaster, and Bakersfield College, and worked at Edwards Air Force Base for a short time. Greg was always striving for more knowledge and had a love for learning.

Then from 1977 to 1995, he worked as a welder at Cal Portland Cement Company, retiring from there in 1995. After retiring, Greg stayed busy working at Home Depot and maintaining his ranch. He also worked as a land surveyor, and in finance, and car sales during his retirement.

His labor of love was being a full-time Grandpa with granddaughters Kylie and Emily. During Kylie and Emily’s grade school years, he volunteered at their school. He enrolled them in activities such as karate, dance, music, gymnastics, cheerleading and horseback riding. He made sure he was there for every one of their lessons. Greg spent many hours reading bedtime stories to them and helping them with their homework. He was the greatest “Grandpa” the girls could have had.

Greg enjoyed family camping trips to the beach, fishing, telling stories around the campfire, taking ocean cruises, trips to Disneyland, Sea World, Knott's Berry Farm and fairs. He was a great conversationalist and could talk with anyone about anything. He truly loved his family and was unconditionally loved. He will be truly missed.

By Greg’s wishes, there will be no formal funeral services, but a Celebration of Life ceremony by family and friends will be held shortly. Wood Family Funeral Service has been entrusted with his care. To leave condolences and check for service time updates, please visit,

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