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Walter “Wally” R. Gartman

Oct 02, 1936 - Sep 16, 2020


Walter “Wally” Raymond Gartman Jr., age 83, of Sheboygan, passed away on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at his home with his loving family at his side. Wally was born October 2,1936 in Sheboygan to the late Walter F and Sophia (Mihm) Gartman. He attended Holy Name Catholic grade school and attended and graduated from Salvatorian Seminary in St. Nazianz, Wl.
On November 26,1955 he married the former Judith Bentz at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. After serving in the US Army he started work at the Vollrath Company for 42 years retiring as SR Vice-President of Operations and Materials Management. During this time, he conducted business in many foreign countries, Japan, Korea, India, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Germany, France, Scotland, Mexico, and Canada.
After retirement from Vollrath he continued to work for Terry Kohler’s Windway Capital Corporation. During this time, he had the opportunity to work with many different companies, Enzo-Pac in Sheboygan, Edgewater Power Boats in Edgewater, Florida, Omohundro MASTS Company and North Sails in Minden, Nevada, and Southern Spars in Auckland, New Zealand. He then retired again after serving a total of 54 years. He took pride in his accomplishments and loved working with the people in every one of these locations.
He served on the board of directors of Vollrath Credit Union for 24 years and as President during his last 5 years. He was a 25-year member of APICS, a production and control education society. During this time, he had the opportunity to speak at Michigan State University’s master’s program relating to business planning. He also provided seminars in business planning with GE’s management group in Boca Raton, FL, and gave many presentations at APICS conventions.
He was a long-time Third-degree member of the Knights of Columbus serving as Grand Knight, Navigator of the Fourth degree, and President of the Sheboygan Columbus Institute. He served on the finance committee at RCS. He served as President for the parent’s organization for the Sheboygan Top Hats youth group. He also served as President for the North side Christian food pantry. He was a member of the Sheboygan Pine Club. Sports were always his favorite pass time especially pitching fast pitch softball which he started in sixth grade. He played for many teams in the Sheboygan county area. His major highlight was pitching against Eddie Feigner’s King and his court 4-man softball team. He remembers the first time Eddie came to bat using a “little baby bat” and he got a hit!
He is survived by his wife Judy of 64 years; his daughter, Sharon & Jack Methfessel; his sons,
James and Kathy Gartman and Gary and Brenda Gartman; eight grandchildren, Nicole, Jason, Christopher, Jennifer, Michael, Elizabeth, Steven and Alec, and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Sophia Gartman; a sister, Gertrude Gartman Rollinger; a brother, Gerald and infant son, Kenneth.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Dominic Catholic Church, 2136 N. 21st Street, Sheboygan with Fr. Norberto Sandoval officiating. Family and friends may gather at the church on Tuesday morning from 9:00 a.m. until time of Mass at 11:00 a.m. Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery. Please practice social distancing and facial coverings are recommended.

A heartfelt thank you is extended to Dr. Schleevogt and Dr. Bettag and the entire staff at St. Nicholas Home Health & Hospice for the compassion and care that was given to him. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Walter’s name.

The Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at

Mass of Christian Burial

Date: Tuesday Sep 22, 2020
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: St. Dominic Catholic Church [map]


Date: Tuesday Sep 22, 2020
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Location: St. Dominic Catholic Church [map]



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I am saddened by your family's loss. Wally was a great friend and boss to my dad. I have many fond memories.

Steve and Suzette Becker

Wally was a true Gentleman. He will be missed. Bless Judy, and the Family. We express our condolences.

Charlie and Jackie Gruenke

We extend our sympathies the entire family of Wally. He was always a gentleman and a man of great faith and wisdom. God Bless all of you.

Dick & Jean Yurk

Our deepest sympathy to you Judy and your beautiful family. We have so many wonderful memories of all of our fun times together. Sending hugs to get you though this. Love you dear.

Phyllis Champeau

I have never forgotten how kind the folks on Northwood Court were to my mom, especially Wally, making sure she was always safe and looked after. May he rest in God’s peace. I’m sure my mom will welcome him to his new home.

Pam and Joe Darlinh

Jim... Both Joe and I are so sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

May Steinhardt

Gary - so very to hear of your dad's passing. You and your family have our deepest sympathy. Jeff & May Steinhardt (former JPI coworkers)

David Reinbold

Jim and Kathy, Mary and I are so sorry to hear about your fathers passing and want to extend our sincere condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Dave and Mary Reinbold

Jerry&Judy Odekirk

Our sympathies to the entire Gartman family. I had the pleasure of working with Wally during my 38 years at Vollrath. He always had a smile and would stop to chat when walking through the plant.

Don Sterkel

Condolences to the Gartmann family. I knew Wally back in 1962 when the Recreation Department tried to revive fast pitch and had a short season.. The team was Al's Bar, and I was the catcher. We were undefeated and got to know Wally as a gentleman and competitor. His impressive business biography completes the story of a life well lived.

Peg Putzen

Dear Judy, My sincerest sympathy to you and your family. May memories comfort you.