Walter Graves Zisette (1928 - 2013)

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Devoted and cherished husband, father and grandfather died peacefully on the morning of September 11, 2013, surrounded by those he loved.

Walter is survived by his doting wife, June; daughter Mary Gilbert (husband Greg) of Gig Harbor; his sons, Walter (wife Andrea) of Seattle; Donald (wife Michele) of Langley; and Matthew (wife Amy) of Manhattan Beach; and sister Mary Olmsted (Chatham, Massachusetts). Thirteen grandchildren, including Mason, Caroline, Johnny and Katherine of Manhattan Beach, and many nieces and nephews, extended family, and friends also celebrate the life of this wise & loving man.

Walter was born on May 25, 1928 in Cleveland, Ohio to Caroline Graves Zisette and Reginald Robert Zisette. Walter was one of three children, including older brother, Reginald Robert, who preceded him in death. Walter was a graduate of Cincinatti Country Day School, St. Marks Episcopal Academy, Yale University, and the University of Pennsylvania. Walter served his country with distinction earning the Ari Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross in the Korean War as an Air Force Captain. Walter, a long time resident of Washington state, lived in many cities, including a very treasured time in Manhattan Beach, CA (1957-1958).

Walter enjoyed life and his joy was infectious to all those around him. He was a true gentleman and was a scholar of the world. He enjoyed sailing, hiking, tennis and running. He traveled the world, loved the outdoors, and valued a good book. He competed in several Hometown Fair 10K races with his children. He enjoyed each new day and greeted everyone he met with a smile and most often alongside one of his beloved dogs. His blue eyes always held a sparkle and a kinder heart you will never meet. His was a life well lived and he will be missed.

A memorial service will be held on October 12th at St. John's Episcopal Church in Gig Harbor, Washington.

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Published in The Beach Reporter on Oct. 3, 2013
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