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Walter K. Lacy

July 30, 1941 — December 24, 2020

Walter Kennon Lacy 79 of Stanford Passed away on Thursday morning, December 24, 2020 ending a long and valiant battle with illness.  He was in the care of Benefis Healthcare in Great Falls.  He was born July 30, 1941 in Little Rock, AK the son of Walter K. and Ruth I. (Wiggins) Lacy. 

Walter's childhood and early years were spent in McRae and Searcy, Arkansas and Fairfield and Vallejo, CA.  As an adult Walter moved to Alaska working various jobs, married and had 3 children. A good Samaritan he helped anyone in need if he possibly could do so.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing and dog mushing.  Rolling the road by car, truck, motorhome or motorcycle was his pleasure.  An entertainer at heart Walter loved to make people laugh.  He loved to talk and talk he did….

Over the course of his life Walter was a logger, a cab driver, a car salesman, an ad man and photographer for the Anchorage Daily News, a chef and baker at Barter Island on the DEW line (a series of defensive radar stations near the 70th parallel intended to give warning of hostile aircraft or missiles).  Walter was also a gold miner.  Returning to the lower 48 in 1998, he and his wife Barbara owned and operated Alaska Gold and Ivory Artifact Museum and Jewelry Shop in Pennsylvania and later in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas.  In 2000 Walt and Barb headed to Arizona where the lure of gold took them out into the mountains and deserts.  As a Fisher metal detector salesman, he instructed his clients in their use and provided them great enjoyment in guided field experiences.

Walter loved his wife, children and friends.  He is greatly missed and loved by them all.

Walter is survived by his wife of 30 years, Barbara (Kalke) who came to be "our mom" to Walter's  three sons: James (and wife Michelle) of Jackson, CA, Charles (and wife Christina) of Grass Range, MT and Walter K., II of Miles City, MT and Devils Lake, ND.  Grandfather Walter dearly loved his  3 grandchildren, Barbara Joann Lacy, Joseph James Lacy and Charlie Christine Lacy.

Walter was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Carolyn Lacy and an infant brother William Lacy.

Cremation has taken place under the direction of the Cloyd Funeral Home.  A Celebration of Life will be announced later.


If so desired friends are asked to make memorials to the Trinity Lutheran Church of Stanford or the charity of their choice and they may be left with the Cloyd Funeral Home.  Condolences for the family may be posted online at

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