Walter Joseph “Walt” Stepankow, 75 of Valparaiso, passed away on Tuesday, January 3, 2023. He was born on December 12, 1947 in Olean, NY to the late Walter Stepankow and Mary Amacher. After graduating high school, he made his career as a telecommunications engineer for Verizon/GTE. Walt proudly served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. As a true nature enthusiast, he could be found duck hunting or fishing. He was a member of The National Rifle Association and The Northwest Indiana Steelheaders. He was a devoted husband, dad, grandpa, great-grandpa, brother, uncle, and friend. He will be dearly missed.
On April 15, 1972, Walter, or “Butch” as she would call him, married Theresa Weidler, who survives, along with his step-son, Scott (Jody) Burnworth; brother, Tom (Crystal) Stepankow; 3 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
There will be no services at this time. Memorial donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans in Walter’s name.


I remember working with Walt at GTE. Great man, and a joy to work with, May he Rest in Peace. -Richard Harman 

My brother, my friend and my mentor. Growing up we were three years apart and fought like brothers do, cat vs rat. We lost contact for several years but eventually became friends and bothers again. Like all things in life, it is always too short. Over the past few years we reunited and grew close again and I cherished the time we spent together. I will miss you my brother but will see you again in the next life and we will again have good times together. Rest in peace. -Thomas Stepankow 

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