Walter Goodyear

Walter Goodyear III

Walter Goodyear III

Walter Dean Goodyear III of White Creek, WI, passed away after a brief illness on December 23, 2022, at the age of 8.

Walter was born September 12, 2014, in Portage, WI to Walter (Jr.) and Melissa Goodyear. Walter was a student at Adams-Friendship Elementary School in the 2nd Grade. At home Walter loved spending time with his family. When he wasn’t playing with dinosaurs he enjoyed helping to work on cars and trucks – including making sure tools were put away in the right place. An animal lover, Walter especially enjoyed spending time with his dogs. He loved fishing and riding a four-wheeler or motorcycle with his dad. Walter had a unique laugh and always had a smile on his face. He brought joy to the people around him in his life. He loved everyone and he was dearly loved.

Walter was preceded in death by his grandparents Walter (Sr.) and Loretta Goodyear.

He is survived by his parents: Walter (Jr.) and Melissa Goodyear; as well as siblings: Audria Goodyear and her daughter, October; Preston Wampler; and Aidan Wampler. He is also survived by his
grandfather: Phillip Wampler; and by his grandmother: Julie Wampler. He is further survived by many other extended family members and good friends.

Visitation (10am) and a memorial service (11am) will be held on Saturday, January 7, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at 511 West Lake Street in Friendship, Wisconsin. Following the service
there will be a lunch and visitation with the family until 5pm. In lieu of flowers memorials/donations may be directed to Walter and Melissa Goodyear to assist with expenses at this difficult time.

Roseberry’s Funeral Home is assisting the family, and you are welcome to leave online condolences at their website:

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  1. Rich & DeAnn Sternhagen says:

    Walter always had a smile on his face in the hallways at AFE. He will be missed by many. May God give you the support and comfort during this difficult time.

  2. Patricia M Schiefer says:

    So sorry to hear of Walter’s passing away .The lord will help you get thru this rough time. He will be greatly missed. It,s so hard to loose your child so young. My prayers are with you.

  3. Deb Clark says:

    Walter will be greatly missed in the classroom and hallways at AFE. It was an honor to be his teacher this year. I will always remember his smile, his kindness, and his talent for telling the best stories about his pets and family. That invisible string will always connect everyone that knew and loved him .

  4. Kathy McCarthy and Pete Hickethier says:

    We are so sorry to hear that Walter has now joined the children’s choir in heaven. I know your hearts are breaking. Please know we are sending thoughts and prayers for comfort and strength during this time.

  5. Curtie & Michelle Pollex says:

    Walter and family, I can’t even imagine the pain of loosing a child. My heart just breaks for y’all. Walter sounded like such a joy. It’s hard to understand why sometimes but God always has a plan thru our pain. Sending lots of prayers, love & hugs~🙏♥️😇

  6. Laura says:

    I’m truly sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine what you are going through. Your family is in our prayers

  7. Presley Gecht says:

    I am sorry for your loss. Walter was a awesome kid. I am here for you guys if you guys need to talk.
    Rip Walter Fly high.

  8. Jamie L Holsten says:

    I am so sorry for loss. My prayers are with you and your family.

  9. Robert Schiefer says:

    I am sorry very sorry for your families loss, prayers and thoughts.

  10. Jo Ann & Mark Hiller says:

    I am so sorry to know that the Goodyear family is going thru such pain and sorrow. Walter and Melissa, you guys are in our prayers. This is a pain no one should ever endure.

  11. Yvonne Ramsell says:

    Walter was one of the kindest , sweetest souls with the most genuine smile that lit up from the inside . He truly made the world brighter . It was a privilege to work with him at AFE . I will miss him .

  12. Gransee Family says:

    The Gransee family…sends love, prayers, and hugs! Paul, Barbie, Gwen, Beau and Diercks!

  13. Marcia Ludwig-Gable says:

    So very sorry for your loss. Praying for your family during this difficult time.

  14. Ray and Cheri Witz says:

    We don’t know this family but our prayer and condolences go out to them. We cannot imagine this family’s loss , please take the strength of your community and knowing we are here for you.

  15. Dave & Julie Anderson says:

    I”m so sorry for your loss. That sweet little boy will be missed by many.

  16. Anne Gibault says:

    Walter was the sweetest, most loving students. He always had a story and a smile. He loved dinosaurs and his dogs. You and your family are in my heart.

  17. Jessica Ambrose says:

    I’m so sorry Walt and Melissa my heart hurts so much for you and your little family I couldn’t even imagine I’m only one phone call away if you ever need anything or someone to share good memories with I will miss little Walt so much I love you all

  18. Rita Zietlow says:

    Walter and Family was saddened to here this and so sorry for your loss. Deepest sympathies keeping you in our prayers. 🙏😄

  19. Christine Bade says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My condolences, prayers and strength to make it through this different time. Much love ❤️!

  20. Lori Armstrong and family says:

    Wally and family,
    You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We are so very sorry for your loss. Heaven gained an awesome little boy!

  21. Desiree Schlafer says:

    Walter Jr. and Melissa we are so sorry for your loss.

  22. LuAnn says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed his smile and determination. He never gave gave up and could light up the room. Sending thoughts and prayers for strength to get through this difficult time.

  23. Emily Meyer says:

    My heart goes out to Walt and Melissa. My prayers and love are with you during this sad and hard time. Walter will be truly missed

  24. Angel Freeman says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Sending many hugs and prayers to you guys!

  25. Rachel Nedbal says:

    Melissa, Walter, and family, you have my deepest sympathy. Walter was the sweetest boy. He and Connor shared so many great memories during their friendship. He will be truly missed.

  26. Don and Karen Rathke says:

    Deepest sympathy to the family and hugs to all of you. Heaven has to be so beautiful this time of year.

  27. Pat jodarski says:

    Prayers so sad may God be with you, RIP angel

  28. Ann Pourchot says:

    So sorry for your loss!! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!! RIP!! Taken way to soon!! My heart aches for your family!!

  29. Ross and Tamela Hammond says:

    My heart breaks for your family !I am sorry for loss!

  30. Donny Orick says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I’m here if you ever need me or just want to talk.

  31. Betty Nedbal says:

    So sorry for your loss cherish the memories of Walter and know that he is watching over you always

  32. Sherry Sherd says:

    Oh my goodness Walter and family. What a loss ! I am so very sorry. Much love always.

  33. Alisha Harris says:

    My husband and I never had the chance to meet Walter but our younger son is as in class with him. We all are sending you our deepest sympathy to you and your family! Rest easy and fly high.

  34. Mary Van Ert says:

    Walter was the kindest of children with the purest of souls. I had the privilege to work with him for 2 years. 💕Deepest sympathies to his family and the entire AFE family that was touched by this sweet child.

  35. Roxanne Irey says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Walter’s smile will be greatly missed in class and in the hallways at school.