Cecil Earl Walthall passed away at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado, on May 2, 2018. He was born on Dec. 25, 1919, near Petersburg, Virginia, to Stephen H Walthall and Minnie (House) Walthall. On July 21, 1945, he married Lou Nichols at Williams Field Post Chapel, Chandler, Arizona. In July 2017 they celebrated 72 years of marriage.
Cec had a lifelong interest in flying, soloing his first flight at age 16. He promptly buzzed his parents’ home and waved at his mother, who did not know that he was learning to fly. In 1942 he joined the Army Air Corps, becoming a B-24 pilot. He was discharged in the summer of 1945 at the end of World War II. Over the years, Cec bought and sold airplanes, selling his last plane when he was 80 years old.
For 25 years, he owned the Chevrolet dealership in Wheatland before selling the dealership and moving to northern Colorado in 1977. He spent most of his retirement years in Arizona, recently returning to Windsor, Colorado. He loved his family, golf, hunting, golf, fishing and golf. He was a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.
He is survived by his wife, Lou (Nichols) Walthall, of Windsor, ; his daughter Lynette (Gerald) Orr, of Loveland, Colorado; five grandchildren, Joe, Mike, and Hannah Walthall and Mike and Tracey Kaiser; two great-grandsons, Joe Jr. and Jamison Walthall; and a sister, Irene Mills. He was predeceased his beloved son, Stephen N Walthall; his brother George E Walthall and sister Gladys Garnett.
Inurnment services will be at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at 11:15 a.m.