Walter Robert Bayer Jr. died unexpectedly January 3, 2012 near his home in Southport, NC.
He was born August 29, 1950 in Boston, MA to parents Walter R. and Elmore A. Bayer Sr. Walt married his dear wife Christine on August 14, 1971. He was known as a faithful husband, father and for teaching the hope for God’s Kingdom as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. As a virtuoso guitarist, he composed and wrote his own songs, and after a career in the USDA, in retirement he became a master Luthier. He loved camping and fishing with his children and grandchildren, and taking his wife for nature-seeing trips on their Harley. Known as Walt to many, Dad and Grandpa to a privileged few, and husband to one, he leaves a legacy of love for his God Jehovah and love of his family.
He is survived by the love of his life for over forty years, Christine; sons, Heath, Mead and favorite daughter, Autumn (Treavor) Tufnell.
Precious Grandchildren, Eaden Bayer; Spencer and Shaylee Tufnell.
Younger Brother Charles(JeanMarie) Bayer; Sister-in-law Lisa (Richard) Hill; Nephews: David Calabro and Benjamin Bayer, Nieces: Jennifer (Brian) Dennehy, Charlene Bayer, Hillary (Nick) DaDalt, Sarah White, Rachel White & Jenny (Ed) Bloniarz.
Preceded in death by parents & sister, Jean.
Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 7th, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 177 Old Fayetteville Rd., Leland, NC 28451.
Following the service family will receive friends at home.
Dad was a generous man with a huge heart and always so loving!
Papa, we will miss you! We look forward to seeing you again.
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Wilmington Funeral and Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington,NC 28403 910.791.9099.