ELK MOUND — Walter Green Schryver, 82, of Elk Mound, passed away Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, at Mayo Health Hospital, Eau Claire, due to pulmonary fibrosis. His wife, Dolores and children, Jennifer, Martin and Laura were at his side.
Walt was born in Rockford, Ill., June 12, 1937, to Martin III and Alice Schryver. Walt was raised in Polo, Ill., and attended Congress Grade School in Polo and Polo High School, graduating in 1955. Walt attended University of Colorado at Boulder, Colo., studying forestry and business. He joined the Illinois National Guard from 1959-1964. Walt married his high school sweetheart, Dolores “Skip” in Polo, June 11 and had a wonderful life of 59 years together.
Walt started his insurance career at Crum & Forster Insurance in Freeport, Ill., as an In-Land Marine Underwriter in 1960. After moving to Wisconsin in 1974, Walt became an insurance fieldman for Integrity Insurance of Appleton, Wis. Walt was honored in 1981, in Washington, D.C., as Fieldman of the Year for Wisconsin. Walt retired from Society Insurance, Fond du Lac, Wis., in 1999.
Walt’s biggest love was being a volunteer fireman for the town of Wheaton. Walt was the founding father for the Chippewa Falls Fire Protection District. He was the first deputy chief for Wheaton, when the Fire District was formed in 1977.
After retiring in 1999, Walt and Dolores “Skip” traveled in a RV to Florida, for the winter several times, as well as the Southwest. Their favorite trip was to the Sunshine Coast on Vancouver Island.
Walt always had his favorite joke book along when on insurance trips with Integrity agents.
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Walt is survived by his wife of 59 years, Dolores; daughter, Jennifer (Anthony) Romero of Severance, Colo.; son, Martin Schryver of Hugo, Minn.; daughter, Laura (Angel) Bernal of Maplewood, Minn.; grandchildren, Justin (Candice) Freeberg of Mobile, Ala., Danielle (Trinston) Jeffries of Cheyenne, Wyo., Alexis Bernal of Maplewood; great-grandchildren, Matthew and Lucas Freeberg, Mobile; sister, Lucretia (John) Kelly of Columbia, Ill.; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin III and Alice Schryver; and brother, Martin IV “Timmy” Schryver.
A celebration of life for Walt will be from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Wheaton Fire Station. A light lunch will be provided. Interment will be at Fairmont Cemetery in Polo.
Any monetary donations will be donated to the Wheaton Fire Department.
Cremation Society of Wisconsin, Altoona is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.cremationsociety-wi.com.