In 1948 Walter got a job working for Reither Construction. Reither Construction put up electrical lines for the REA. He helped in putting up the first power lines up the Blue Slide.
While still in Minnesota, before working construction, he owned a Harley Davidson motorcycle. It was left there when he started working construction. He always had a passion for the Harleys and old Model T vehicles.
Walter came to Thompson Falls in April of 1950 while working for Reither. He met his soon to be bride, Rose Mary Morkert June 4 of that year. They were married after a whirlwind courtship on July 1 of that same year. This marriage lasted 66 plus years; something to be admired and copied.
His job took them to Sandpoint, Idaho for only a week and a half. From there it would have been onto North Dakota for them. Not wanting to move there, they came back to Montana. They lived at Tuscor for four months, where they lived in a tent house while Walt worked for the logging company. The weather turned extremely bad so logging was done as was living in a tent house.
They then went to live with Rose Mary’s parents, Walter and Grace Morkert until they could buy property and build a house on it. Walt built the house they lived in and he died in. To this day hidden under some to the walls in the house are some of the logs used in the construction of the house.
Walt worked for Thompson Falls Lumber Co. for 30 years. The name of the mill changed many times but the mill stayed the same. During the first years of marriage he would get off work at the mill and then go to work for Macho’s farm on Dry Creek. This lasted for two years.
Walt was an expert carpenter. He liked to hunt and fish and go on rides just to see the great outdoors. Of everything, his family meant the most to him. He dearly loved his family and was very proud of them all.
Walt leaves behind a large legacy of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Ida Sunde. He is survived by his wife, Rose Mary of Thompson Falls; a brother, Ervin (Jean) Borgmann; a sister, Ella O’Brien; a son, Happy (Valerie) Borgmann of Thompson Falls; a daughter, Lynn (Orville) Eaton of Trout Creek; six grandsons; five granddaughters; 21 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Walter was a long time member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. He helped in the building of the church.
He went home to be with our Lord peacefully March 7, 2017. He was and is loved and will be greatly missed.