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    Allen Long Walters, age 89, of Lamar, passed away Saturday, July 30, 2011 at his home following a two-year illness.

     Allen was born July 4, 1922 in Lamar, to Paul, Sr. and Cora (Long) Walters.  After graduating from Lamar High School in 1940 he furthered his education at the Winona, Indiana Professional School of Photography.  During World War II, Allen enlisted in the U.S. Air Force.  Throughout his tenure he taught photography to other enlisted personnel, and spent many hours in the air doing aerial photography for topographical maps.  Once his service ended, he returned to Lamar, and in 1949 opened a portrait and commercial photography studio.  Allen's career spanned 53 years when he retired in 2002.   He had served as president of Missouri Professional Photographers Association and was a member of Lamar Kiwanis.

     On April 25, 1948, at St. George Episcopal Church in Kansas City, Missouri, he married Edith M. Godfrey and she survives of the home.  Also surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, David & Galena Walters, Kansas City, Missouri: three daughters, Eva Susan & husband Joe Conrace, Lamar, Karla & husband Scott Browne, Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania, and Kristy Ann Heckman, Lamar; a sister Thelma & her husband Steve Nielsen, Bella Vista, Arkansas; ten grandchildren, Andrea & Anton Walters, John, George & Mike Conrace, Krissie Walsh, Nicholas & Katherine Heckman, Andy & Kelly Browne; and a great-granddaughter, Lily.

     Allen was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Paul Walters, Jr.; two sisters, Gene Youngs and Gloria Mayfield; and a son-in-law, Terry Heckman.


     A family graveside service will be held at Lake Cemetery at a later date.


     Condolences may be sent at


#8 Mission, KSMichelle Patton Magee 2011-08-06 10:22
Susan and family,

Sorry to hear about your father. He was a very fine man. He is with friends that have gone before him and having a good time. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.
#7 Mount Laurel, New JerseyBarbara Godfrey Morgan 2011-08-05 10:56
Dear Aunt Edith & family~ I am very sorry to learn of Uncle Allen's passing. I remember him fondly on the occasions our family stayed with you during our cross country driving visits. Ron's and my prayers are with your family during this difficult time.

Fondly, your neice, Barbara
#6 New JerseyJanet Godfrey-Trantham 2011-08-05 06:02
I was so sorry to here of Uncle Alan's

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
#5 Marlton, New JerseyGene and Edith Godfrey 2011-08-05 05:35
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
#4 Joplin, MoMax and Carolyn Hughes 2011-08-04 16:35
Our deepest sympathy to the family, especially to John Conrace and his immediate family and his grandmother.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Max and Carolyn
#3 Carthage, MOAnn L. Garrigues 2011-08-02 12:52
Mrs. Walters, Susan

I am sorry to learn of Mr. Walter's passing.

May I extend my condolences to you both and to your family.

Ann L. Garrigues
DAR - Rhoda Fairchild Chapter
Carthage, MO
#2 Lamar, MOBarb Thrasher 2011-08-02 08:59
Kristy, We extend our condolences to you at the loss of your father. I remember him taking our school pictures every year and how he tried to "get it just right." He certainly recorded a lot of Barton County history down through the years with his camera. We pray God's peace and comfort for you and your family.
The Thrashers, David, Barb and Tai
#1 18849 E. Mockingbird Dr, Queen Creek, AZ 85142Gene S. Martin 2011-08-02 00:56
Dear Edith, Just read of Allen's death today and want to send my heartfelt condolences

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