Nov. 16, 2019 — Wallace R. Sautter was born on July 26, 1929. He was given the nickname “Wally” early in life and that name stuck with him.
He also had a “chuckle” that he was easily recognized by. He was born in a rural setting in Connecticut to a close-knit family with several brothers and two sisters.
His mother died when he was young. All the family were involved in helping to raise and nurture him. He has very fond memories of those days, and loved to share the stories that were so special to him.
In later years, he could be found journaling the events of his early years to preserve the rich heritage that he felt blessed to be a part of.
Wally enlisted in the U.S. Army to serve his country. During those years he spent time in England, Germany and Japan. He always felt that these were important years. He learned much about life and felt that his character was enhanced by his involvement in the military and the disciplines that were a part of that experience.
Wally had always had a dream to “go west.” At an early age he embraced the idea of being a real “cowboy.” He decided to pursue that dream. He moved to southern California and found employment delivering plumbing supplies and spent his working years in that profession.
Many hours were spent exploring the desert and the area around Bishop for camping and fishing with his family and his buddies — that was as close to “cowboy” as he got!
In 1958 he married Martha Grundy — “Marti.” They had celebrated 53 years of marriage when she passed away in 2012. They had two children.
Martha passed away in 2010.
Wally’s leisure hours were spent reading and doing crossword puzzles. He had a true love and appreciation of music. He enjoyed exploring and always had an ongoing list of things that he wanted to do or places he wanted to see.
Wally is survived by his son, Mark, and two grandsons. He is also survived by many family members and life-long friends. Marti and Wally were a part of the Florence Community Choir and also the Presbyterian Church.
Wally passed away on Nov. 6, 2019. His philosophy in life can best be summed up in the words to a song on a cassette that was set aside, ready to be listened to by those who will truly miss him. “The Last Farewell,” sung by Roger Whittaker, aptly expresses Wally’s feelings of his love of life: “For you are beautiful and I have loved you dearly, more dearly than the spoken word can tell.”
Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.