UNIONTOWN - Walter Robert Talalas, 81, entered the arms of our loving Lord on Friday, February 12, 2021 after a short battle with cancer.
Walt was born April 27, 1939 in Lawrence Township, Ohio to Walter and Nell (Fryger) Talalas. He grew up in Canal Fulton but lived his adult life in Uniontown, Ohio. He was a graduate of SS. Philip and James Parochial, attended Hower Vocational school until the closing of their aeronautics program and graduated from Northwest High School, class of 1957.
As a teenager, he delivered newspapers to save money for flying lessons and he became one of the youngest pilots in Ohio, at the age of 17. At the age of 20 he was the youngest commercial pilot employed by an air service in Ohio. He attended the University of Akron and was employed by Stadvec Aviation. He then became Chief Executive Pilot for the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company which enabled him to see the world. He retired in 1994 as the Director of Flight Operations. Walt served his country as a member of the Ohio Army Reserves. He enjoyed many adventures soaring in the sailplane that he built. His love of hosting, cooking, baking, woodworking, teaching, and praying will have an everlasting impact on those who were blessed to know him. Until we meet again, may perpetual light shine upon him and may he rest in peace.
Walt is survived by his beloved wife, Kathleen (Dowling/Stevens); his sister Joyce (Denny) Lovas, his children; Elizabeth (Eric) Grimshaw, Jeffrey Talalas, Marie Lopez, Rick (Tracey) Stevens, Chris (Wendie) Stevens, Michael (Jodi) Stevens, and Tina Tarter. He will be missed by his grandchildren, David (Katie) Manning, Erik Manning, Jaxson Grimshaw, Alexander Grimshaw, Anthony Lopez, Cecilia Lopez, Ricky Stevens, Anne (Tim) Homan, Charlie Stevens, Katelyn (Mike) Greenwell, Christopher Stevens, Rachael Stevens, Megan Stevens, Anna Stevens, Abigail Stevens, Corey (Alyssa) Tarter, and his great grandchildren, Raelynn Manning, Caleb Homan, Braeden Owens, Hannah Homan, Aiden Homan and Isla Mae Greenwell. Also grieving are his nephews Greg Lovas, Phil (Corinne) Lovas and their children, Sam, Nate, and Brooke.
A celebration of life service will take place on Wednesday, February 17th at 4:00 PM at the Hartville Church of the Brethren, 353 Crestmont Ave. SW Hartville, Ohio 44632. There will be a time of remembrance immediately following the service.
Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Armor of Hope. www.armorofhope.org/donations.html