Walter Kilzer

April 15, 1924 — December 26, 2019

Walter Kilzer

Funeral Mass for Walter Kilzer 95, of Dickinson, will be 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Richardton, ND, with Father Thomas Wordekemper OSB and Msgr. Patrick Schumacher Con-Celebrating.  Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery, Richardton, ND.


Visitation for Walter will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, December 30, 2019 at Stevenson Funeral Home, Dickinson, with a Rosary and Vigil service taking place at 6:00 p.m.


Walter H. Kilzer, entered eternal life on December 26, 2019 at Richardton Health Center.


Walter was born on April 15, 1924, to Joseph and Beata (Schnell) Kilzer in Richardton, ND.  He received his elementary and high school education in Richardton at St Mary’s and the Assumption Abbey by the Benedictine Sisters and Monks. He furthered his education at St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN.


As a young boy, Walter became active in the Boy Scouts of America obtaining the highest degree of scouting, Eagle Scout in May of 1939.  He began working for his father at Jos. Kilzer and Son’s Ford Dealership in Richardton, North Dakota  in 1942 and became a 1/3 partner with his father Joseph and his brother Paul in 1947.  He retired in 1975 when he sold the dealership to his brother George.  Walter was well known for knowing Ford auto part numbers by memory rather than always needing to go to the book to locate the needed number.


Walter married the love of his life, Rose (Stradinger) Kilzer on August 20, 1953 in Mandan, ND, They resided in Dickinson, ND throughout their married life up until Rose’ death in June of 1995. Walter continued to reside in Dickinson up until entering the Richardton Health Center in late August of 2019.


He loved history, reading, gardening, and traveling around the United States as well as abroad.  To say he loved reading is an understatement.  He was an avid reader of spy and intrigue novels and had in excess of 900 books in his basement library.


Walter was preceded  in death by both parents, his wife Rose, brothers Julius, George, Edward, Paul, George, and Bernard; sisters Bertha, Anna, Clara, Sister Martha Clare, OSB, and Sister Helen, OSB.


He is survived by his daughter Patricia (Kilzer) Hoerner, South Carolina; son-in-law Michael Hoerner, South Carolina; granddaughter Wendy (Hoerner), Godin, South Carolina; and great-granddaughter Hana Godin, South Carolina.


In lieu of flowers the family requests that all bequests be made to the Assumption Abbey in Richardton, ND.


Burial Date: December 31, 2019
Funeral Home Dickinson, ND

Funeral Mass:  9:30 a.m., Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Richardton
Rosary & Vigil Service:  6:00 p.m., Monday, December 30, 2019 at Stevenson Funeral Home in Dickinson
Visitation:  3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, December 30, 2019 at Stevenson Funeral Home in Dickinson
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