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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
Walter Underwood
August 10, 1924 - May 23, 2022

Public Events and Locations

Visitation - Friday, May 27, 2022, 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Wetzel and Son, Willow Grove
Graveside Service - Saturday, May 28, 2022, 10:00 AM at Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newtown
Military Honors - Saturday, May 28, 2022, 10:00 AM at Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newtown


Funeral Home - Wetzel and Son Funeral Home - 501 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-659-0911 - Map
Cemetery - Washington Crossing National Cemetery - 830 Highland Road, Newtown, PA 18940 - 800-535-1117 - Map
Family Florist - Kremp Florist - 220 Davisville Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-657-6700 - Map
Donation - Whosoever Gospel Mission - 101 East Chelten Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144 - 215-438-3094 - Map

Walter Underwood of Abington, Pennsylvania went to meet his Lord and Saviour on Monday, May 23, 2022 from the home of his daughter in Horsham.  He was 97 years old.  Walter was born August 10, 1924 in Suffield, Connecticut, son of the late Enoch Underwood and the late Elizabeth Underwood (nee Smart).  He is the beloved husband of the late Jean (nee Gregg) Underwood; father of Kenneth Underwood and his wife, Carol, the late Walter Underwood Jr. and his wife, Judith, Elizabeth Peters and her husband, James, Richard Underwood and his wife, Jennifer, Janice Kramer and her husband, Joseph, Linda Ray and her husband, Richard, and Mark Underwood and his wife, Sandra; grandfather of Kelly, Jim, and Tina Peters, Tracy Eickhoff, Kristen Garry, Kim Horst, and Kevin Underwood, Doug, Glenn, and Brett Kramer, Stephen and Brian Underwood, C.J., Nate, and Patricia Underwood, Rebecca Schill and Alyssa Ray; great grandfather of Ally, Aiden, Patrick, Madison, Mackenzie, Matthew, Joshua, Riley, Ryan, Evelyn, Cecelia, Avery, Mark, John Joseph, Nolan, and Liam; brother of the late William Underwood, Mary Dobson, and Janet Nagele.
Walter was raised and educated in Philadelphia, and he was a graduate of Germantown High School. Shortly after graduating in 1943 Walter was drafted into the United States Army, where he eventually served with the 60th Infantry Regiment of the 9th Infantry Division in the European Theater of Operations. In the closing days of the war he assisted with the liberation of Dachau concentration camp, and when the war ended he remained in Germany, serving with the allied occupation forces. Walter continued to serve in the military for another 20 years until his retirement in 1966. When his military service ended, he began a second career as a credit manager in the construction supply business.

Walter met Jean at Chelten Avenue Baptist Church’s youth group in the Germantown area of the city. The two were smitten and married April 2, 1949 at the same Chelten Avenue Baptist Church where they first met. His military service in the United States Army would take them abroad soon after they were wed, and in July 1949 they departed the Unites States. Jean and Walter would spend the next 17 years traveling between assignments in Europe and the United States. In 1966 the family settled in the Philadelphia suburb of Abington, where Walter remained until just before his passing.

Walter’s family was very important to him. He loved to plan family parties and gatherings, and he enjoyed numerous visits to Disney with his beloved wife and family. In his later years he became an avid reader, especially of the scriptures.
Visitation with the family was held Friday, May 27, 2022 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Wetzel and Son Funeral Home, 501 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090.  Relatives and friends were also invited to his graveside service with military honors rendered by the United States Army on Saturday, May 28, 2022 at 10:00 A.M. at Washington Crossing National Cemetery, 830 Highland Road, Newtown, PA 18940.
Religious services were conducted by Rev. Stan Hagberg.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Whosoever Gospel Mission, 101 East Chelten Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144.
Family flowers arranged by Kremp Florist 215-657-6700.

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