Walter James Ewing was born in Detroit Michigan on December 1, 1932 to Scottish immigrants Walter L. Ewing and Margaret (Wilson) Ewing. He grew up in a home on Miller Road in Dearborn where he developed life-long friendships. He graduated from Fordson High School and began a career with the Ford Motor Company. He was drafted into the US Army during the Korean War. After his father passed away, he was honorably discharged as the sole surviving son.
One fateful evening while at a bowling alley on Michigan Avenue, he spotted a beautiful young woman, and introduced himself to Loretta Wenderski. They were married on August 21, 1954; they recently celebrated their 67th anniversary.
Walt and Lori were blessed with four children: Linda (David) Light, Cheryl (Kevin) Puzio, Karen (Greg) Fiorentino, and Walt Jr. He is also survived by grandchildren Lauren Light and Alex Light, Corinne Puzio and Katie Puzio, and Eric Fiorentino and his step sisters Amy and Dana.
Walter and Lori raised their family in their home on Heather Lane. They were close friends with many of their neighbors, enjoying backyard pool parties and gatherings to play cards. Walter was an only child with his mother as his extended family. However, he acquired a large second family of siblings-in-law as Lori was the youngest of ten children. Many happy times were spent in the company of the Wenderski clan.
Walter rose through the ranks at Ford Motor Company and retired in 1990 after 38 years of service. He enjoyed an active retirement. Walt and Lori had many happy years at their home in Canadian Lakes, MI. He became an avid golfer and patiently taught Lori the game. He loved pontoon boating with his family, much to the delight of his grandchildren. When they grew tired of Michigan winters, Walt and Lori bought a place in Timber Pines (Spring Hill) Florida. They learned to play bridge and were introduced to a board game called “Marbles.” Walt was a quiet but ruthless player, vanquishing his family in countless games. Walt was able to continue to work on his golf game, and earned a hole-in-one trophy! They split their time between Michigan summers and Florida winters for several years, but finally relocated permanently to Florida.
Walter never forgot his Michigan roots – he remained a fan of the Lions, Red Wings and Tigers. He also was a dog lover, starting with his boyhood pooch “Pal” and extending on to multiple family pets. He even loved his “granddogs”.
Walter faced many health challenges over the past several years, but always seemed to rise above them. Lori was a faithful caretaker throughout, helping him manage the myriad of obstacles posed by his illnesses. Walter passed away on August 31, 2021 with his wife and family at his bedside. He lives on in the love he shared with them.
In remembrance of Walter’s life, the family asks for your prayers and that any charitable donations be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children (lovetotherescue.org).
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