Walter “Walt” Staude

December 9, 1937 - November 13, 2020

Service: A memorial service and burial will take place at a later date.

Walter L. Staude, age 82, died from COVID-19 complications, Friday, November 13, 2020 at Avera McKennan Hospital.  A memorial service and burial will take place at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Canton Wrestling program or the Canton Senior Center.

          Walter Lee Staude was born on December 9, 1937 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver, CO to Walter E. and Frances LeRoy (Landrum) Staude.  He attended Barum School and then Denver West High School, graduating in 1956.  From 1956 – 1957, Walt attended University of Denver.  In 1959, he graduated from Northeastern Junior College with an AA degree.  In 1961, he attended and graduated from Colorado State College (University of Northern Colorado) with a BA in history and mathematics.  Walt graduated from Northeast Missouri State (Trumann University) with a MA in administration in 1976.

          From 1961 to 1984, he taught at Woodlin School near Woodrow, CO assuming many positions: teacher, wrestling coach, athletic director, and principal.  On August 9, 1980, Walt married Sharon Faith (Boelman) in Aplington, IA.  In 1984, they moved to Strasburg, CO where he taught and coached at the local high school.  Their next move was in 1987 to Canton, SD where he taught and coached until his retirement in 2000.

          Walt was a member of the Woodlin Lion’s’ Club for 25 years.   In his early years, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and traveling.  He was an avid sports fan, who also enjoyed listening to his juke box and playing bridge and pinochle at the Canton Senior Citizen Center.  He was a member of the Bethany Reformed Church in Canton, SD.

          Grateful for sharing his life are his wife of 40 years, Sharon; brother-in-law David Boelman, nephew and niece-in-law, Brandon and Valerie Boelman, and grandnephews, Brody and Kellen, all from West Des Moines, IA; sister-in-law, Pat Boelman of Sioux Falls, SD; stepsister, Valerie Hager and step-niece, Kathy Hager, both of Colorado; along with numerous extended family and friends.   Walt was proceeded in death by his parents, stepmother, Margaret Staude, sister-in-law, Julie Boelman, and brother-in-law, Marvin L. Boelman.

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  1. James Jones on November 14, 2020 said:

    So sad to hear that you had to leave us, I really enjoyed playing bridge and pinochle with you. We were in first place in pinochle tournament at the center when COVID stopped play. Wish we could have finished. Rest in peace old friend.

  2. Jan Ver Mulm on November 14, 2020 said:

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband Sharon. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    1. Sharon Staude on November 17, 2020 said:

      Thank you, Jim. Playing cards was one of Walt’s favorite pastimes.

    2. Sharon Staude on November 17, 2020 said:

      Thank you for your kind words, Jan.

  3. Cheri Englert on November 15, 2020 said:

    So sorry to hear of Walt’s passing, Sharon. May God bring you comfort and peace at this most difficult time.

    1. Sharon Staude on November 17, 2020 said:

      Thank you for your comfort.

  4. Phil Sietstra on November 17, 2020 said:

    I remember Walt with affection. Seeing him as a patient always made my day a little better. He was a good and kind man.