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Walter A. "Wally" Teten

July 25, 1953 ~ June 16, 2020 (age 66)


Walter A. "Wally" Teten, 66, of Shenandoah passed away Tuesday afternoon at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha following a brief illness. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 10;30 am at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Shenandoah with Concelebrants Father Raphael Assamah and Father Vern Smith.  A recitation of Rosary Service will be held on Friday evening, June 19, 2020 at 6:00 pm at Nishna Valley Funeral Home.  Visitation with the family will take place after the Rosary Friday evening at the funeral home.  Burial will take place in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah.  In lieu of flowers, memorials in Wally's name, are being directed to the Knights of Columbus.

Walter “Wally” Allen Teten, son of Alvin Henry Teten and Mary Ann (Pella) Teten, was born on July 25, 1953 in Nebraska City, Nebraska.   He entered into eternal rest on June 16, 2020 at University Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 66.

At a young age, Walter spent some time in Rural Nebraska.  His family lived in Talmage, Nebraska and he attended school in Cook, Nebraska.  He was very active in competitive Arm Wrestling, and playing high school football, baseball, and basketball.  He went on to graduate from Nemaha Valley High School in 1971.

For a number of years, Walter loved to volunteer and help others in the community in which he lived and was an active member in the Lay Ministry.   He enjoyed helping out with fundraisers for the church, giving rides to those who needed help, ran BINGO night at Elm Heights where he would even jump in a play a few games for fun, and taking care of others in any way he could.   Everyone knew him as the “Big Teddy Bear” who was such a giving person with a great sense of humor, and loved being able to take care of those in need.  

Walter was a hardworking man who was a jack of all trades.  He managed real estate for 10 years, renovated homes so they could be rented out to those who needed a roof over their heads, worked for the American Meter plant for 11 ¼ years, and completed 25 years as a livestock manager working in Farrow to Finish operations. 

He was a man who loved to be called Grandpa, enjoyed woodworking, and collecting coins.   He had a great sense of humor and was an avid Cornhusker fan who loved his Huskers.  Wally was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Shenandoah where he served as Parish Council Chair, was Vice President of the Legion of Mary and was involved in the Knights of Columbus.  He enjoyed working at the Knights of Columbus Fish Fries.

On May 1, 2015, Walter was united in marriage to Leesa Ann Webb in Clarinda, Iowa. They were blessed to have officially met back in December of 2001 and started their journey together as a blended family.  His greatest love was being able to spend time with his wife, children, and grandchildren.    

Preceding Walter in death were his parents, Alvin and Mary Ann; grandparents; grandson, Zackery D. Porter; son-in-law, Joshua Alan Fritz.   Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Leesa Teten of Shenandoah, IA; stepson, Chris Porter of Thurman, IA; stepson, Fred Miller and his children Mariah and Jackson; step-daughter, Melissa Fritz and significant other Willy Russell and their son Clayton, all of Tama, IA;  two brothers, Greg Teten of Talmage, NE  and Jim Teten of Syracuse, NE; his loving cat, Booboob; other relatives and many friends.


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Recitation of the Rosary
June 19, 2020

6:00 PM
Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Funeral Service

June 19, 2020

6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Funeral Service

Mass of Christian Burial
June 20, 2020

10:30 AM
St. Mary's Catholic Church
512 W Thomas Ave
Shenandoah, IA 51601

June 20, 2020

11:45 AM
Rose Hill Cemetery
Argus Rd Shenandoah, IA 51601
Shenandoah, IA 51601


Knights of Columbus
512 W Thomas Ave, Shenandoah IA 51601

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