Walter D. Kahler, age 66, of 3rd Ave. Greenville, passed away Thursday morning January 10, 2019 after an extended illness.  He was born in Conneaut, OH on September 30, 1952 to Fred D. and Beryl J. (Bliss) Kahler. 

He was a 1971 graduate of Commodore Perry High School and retired as a Chief Air Controller from the U.S. Navy in 1992, after twenty years of service.  After his retirement, he went back to college and received his B.A. In Political Science from Penn State University.  Walter always had a true passion, love and knowledge of World and American History.  His other interests included, trips to the casino and horse track, watching college football, and being an avid Cleveland Indians and Browns fan. 

Walter will always be remebered for his charm, humor, wit, love of people and for always being a kid at heart.  Survivors include, his son; Kevin M. Kahler and his wife Jolene of Washington, MO, two daughters; Sarah J. Maietta and her husband Stephen “Meatball” and Jennifer D. Kahler-Richardson and her husband Eric, all of Greenville, a brother; Frank D. Kahler of Springfield, PA, four grandchildren; Jesse A. Harim, Kennedy G. Kahler, Raegan E. Williams and Annabelle R. Tobben, four nephews and a niece, and his previous wife and close friend; Linda Kahler of Greenville. 

He was preceded in death by his father, his mother, Beryl Painter and her husband William and two brothers; Robert Kahler and George Kahler.

Cremation was chosen and all services will be held at the convenance of the family.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Smithsonian Institution, 600 Maryland Ave, S.W. Washington, DC 20002.  Visitors are welcome to sign the online guest book at www.loutzenhiserfuneralhome.com.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. 366-368 S. Main St.



  1. Jerry Koehler Jerry Koehler
    January 11, 2019    

    Sarah, Jennifer, and family. So sorry for your loss. I will be keeping your family in my prayers.

  2. Lyn Merz Lyn Merz
    January 11, 2019    

    Sorry for your loss. Hugs, thoughts and prayers to everyone in your time of sorrow

  3. James Wade James Wade
    January 11, 2019    

    Condolence’s to all of Walt’s Family. Walt was a great guy and miss the times we spent in college talking and hanging out. I didn’t get to see him in these last few years but he was in my thoughts often. The family is in my prayers. Walt will not be forgotten…Rest in Peace my friend.

  4. Sara Barr Sara Barr
    January 11, 2019    

    Jennifer and Sarah, My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. Losing someone we love is never easy. Hopefully, the memories of your dads life will give you the comfort you need during this difficult time. Thoughts and prayers to you both.

  5. Robin (Shook) Fisher, CP Class of ‘71 Robin (Shook) Fisher, CP Class of ‘71
    January 11, 2019    

    Prayers and deepest sympathies to your family. I always enjoyed Walt’s positive and upbeat personality.

  6. Vicki & John Cousley Vicki & John Cousley
    January 11, 2019    

    Sarah, Meatball, and Jennifer — thinking of you so much and sending our condolences. Your Dad sounded like a wonderful, interesting man and a great father. Love to you all —

  7. Crystal Uber Crystal Uber
    January 11, 2019    

    Walt was one of my favorite people, and I truly loved him. He was such a great soul! So glad I got to know him throughout the years!! My deepest sympathy to each of you, his family and friends. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.
    Rest In Peace, Roscoe P. Coltrain.
    Your Crystal

  8. Mary Ann Parks & family Mary Ann Parks & family
    January 11, 2019    

    Our heartfelt condolences, Jennifer and family, in your time of loss. We will keep you in our prayers.

  9. Jim and Mary Eastlick Jim and Mary Eastlick
    January 11, 2019    

    Sarah and Family, so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for all of you.

  10. Deanna (Yeager) Morningstar, CP Class of 71 Deanna (Yeager) Morningstar, CP Class of 71
    January 11, 2019    

    Prayers and deepest sympathies to Walt’s family. Rest In Peace

  11. Colleen Callahan Colleen Callahan
    January 12, 2019    

    I have so many fond memories of Walt and your entire family. He was loved and will be missed by many. We were all blessed to have known him and spent time with him. I loved his carefree, loving and a little flirty personality. I will miss his hugs and sweet kisses on my cheek! All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  12. Larry Sanker Larry Sanker
    January 13, 2019    

    Fair winds and following seas, Walt.

  13. Steve Reaser Steve Reaser
    January 17, 2019    

    I feel like I’ve lost a brother. My condolences to the family, especially Kevin, Sarah, Jennifer and Linda. I always felt a part of the family. Who can forget that journey to DC on July 5th, 1976? Walt was my friend and shipmate. So many good memories.

  14. Salene (Osborn) Cowher Salene (Osborn) Cowher
    January 18, 2019    

    I went to high school with Walt. We got to know each other well when he sat next to me in our senior English class with Mr. Chaplin. He was SO cute & funny! After graduation, I’d always hoped to catch up with him. I have only the best thoughts and memories…so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you.

  15. Janie Gelfuso Janie Gelfuso
    January 31, 2019    

    Kevin, Sarah, Jennifer and Linda,
    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss.Walt was a wonderful human being and although we hadn’t communicated much in recent years, I thought of him often. His sense of humor and quick wit will always be remembered. Thoughts and prayers to you and yours. He loved you all very much.

  16. Jim Arrighi Jim Arrighi
    February 2, 2019    

    RIP Shipmate.

  17. Bill Lack Bill Lack
    February 4, 2019    

    I didn’t know Walt, but from what I’ve read on the Saratoga Association FB page, I believe we served aboard Sara at the same time. I was in AIMD from 1977-1980. I just wanted to express my sympathies to the family and send along thoughts and prayers from my family.

  18. Nicky Adams Nicky Adams
    August 28, 2021    

    I knew Walt at 2 duty stations. I want to say he was the first Chief I met as an E3 in 1983 when I arrived to Patuxent River, Md and then he reported to Point Mugu, Ca around 1990. A lot of stories and laughs over the years. I will always remember him as a great guy and the guy with the radio DJ voice.Walt enjoy your permanent duty station in Heaven. You touched many sailors. To Walt’s family that still feels his loss, my sincere appreciation for having known him and my continued prayers.
    Nicky Adams

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