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Goodbye, Walt Schrader | Federal Way letters

I would like to thank Andy Hobbs for his "Wings a-ringing" column on Walt Schrader (June 5). He captured Walt's personality perfectly! Walt was a unique individual who worked tirelessly on behalf of Republican ideals and candidates as the leader of the 30th District Republicans. We are all so shocked, stunned and saddened by his death. Walt was a "glass half full" kind of guy. He was always positive, had a smile on his face and a funny comment. But don't let that fool you. Walt was a hard worker and a dedicated leader that you admired. He didn't care who got the credit; he just wanted to make sure the work got done. Whatever the task — putting up yard signs, doorbelling, waving signs, leading meetings, making phone calls — Walt was there to do it enthusiastically. You could always county on him.

I had the privilege of traveling to Minneapolis with Walt in 2008 to represent our district at the Republican National Convention. Walt was like a kid in a candy shop. He was proud to represent the 30th District and he thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the convention. It was pure joy for him to be there. As soon as we got home, Walt took all of my pictures and made a DVD of the convention set to music. He gave me a copy as a remembrance of our week. I treasure the gift. One of my favorite memories from Minneapolis is a picture of Walt and me working at a Red Cross Center assembling comfort kits for victims of Hurricane Katrina. We worked with several other people that we did not know at the table. By the end of our shift, Walt had made friends with every person at our table. That was vintage Walt — a hard worker and a friend to everyone. We will miss him. I wish I could have said thank you and goodbye to him.

Creigh H. Agnew, Federal Way

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