Walter Dean House flies West

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Walter Dean House, 86, Retired from Boeing, Air Force Veteran, member of the Board of Trustees of the Kansas Aviation Museum, died Saturday, July 1, 2017. Funeral Service will be at 1:00 pm, Saturday, July 8, 2017, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Graveside Service will follow at 3:30 P.M., at Burrton Cemetery, Burrton, KS.

Preceded in death by his parents,Walter and Margaret House; first wife, Juanita House. Survived by his loving wife, Carol House. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established with: Kansas Aviation Museum 3350 George Washington Blvd., Wichita, KS, 67210, Kansas Humane Society 3313 N. Hillside, Wichita, KS, 67219. Downing & Lahey Mortuary – East Chapel.

Walt probably had the most knowledge about airplanes of anyone.  We have appreciated and enjoyed him and his wife, Carol, for several years.  He was especially talented with his support of the Kansas Aviation Museum and also the OX5 Aviation Pioneers organization.  Walt’s slide presentations were great.

Harold Walter, Pres OX5

Bobbie Walter, Governor OX5

 

Harold Walter OX-5 Club Harold: Sad news (which you probably knew before I did):  Your colleague: Ks. Av. Museum restoration manager, and longtime former Curator & Chief Historian, Walt House — the principal repository of knowledge of Wichita aviation history — and a member of the Wichita Aviation Centennial Panel of Historians who helped me set the date of the Centennial (as he did for the Kansas Aviation Centennial in 2011) — has finally “flown West” as pilots say. He passed Saturday night, but I have no more details on his passing, nor final arrangements, as yet. Walt was well-liked by all, and a genuinely helpful resource on countless Wichita and Kansas aviation history & museum projects, a co-star with me in the film “Indians in Aviation” and a frequent resource for all local media on our aviation heritage.  He was an enormous and essential help to me in developing my first publications on Wichita aviation history. He worked extensively in the local aviation industry, and had intimate knowledge of it, and many of its historic figures, some of whom he’d known personally, apparently. His importance to the preservation of Wichita and Kansas aviation history is indescribable, and irreplaceable.  His passing is our community’s loss. The message bearing the news, from the Experimental Aircxraft Assn. local chapter, is copied below. ~ Richard Harris :

Chairman, Wichita Aviation Centennial  http://wichitaaviation100.org :  former Chairman, Kansas Aviation Centennial http://ks100aviation.org :  former Aviation History Speaker, Ks. Humanities Council :  Member, American Aviation Historical Society :  Member, Experimental Aircraft Assn. :  FAA-certified Aeronautics Instructor :  Wichita, KS – (316) 371-9079 – http://harris1.net

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