Walter Joseph Brudvik

Walter Joseph Brudvik’s life on earth came to a close on Saturday, July 28, 2012, at Federal Way, Washington. After a very long good bye— a 12-year struggle with Alzheimer’s— he finally made his transition to the other side. Walt entered this world on April 8, 1932, just west of his Turtle Mountain Ojibwa heritage, in Bottineau, North Dakota. He moved to Aberdeen, Wash. when he was 5 years old and over the years he became a genuine South Aberdeen guy; he loved his town.

Walt was a natural all-around athlete, the real McCoy. His gift for basketball was evident at an early age. He was a guard on Aberdeen High’s ’49 & ’50 teams that went to State, and was proudly the 1950 class president of Aberdeen High School. From there he went on to play ball for the U.S. Navy Seabees, and then to Central Washington State College on a basketball scholarship. He was a real “people person” and had a long career in Sales and Marketing.

He played a mean game of golf, a meaner game of pool and his bowling game was the meanest ever. On top of that he was a good dancer… and pretty handsome too! Those of you who had the pleasure to know him will no doubt remember his sense of humor… always ready with the jokes and the funny stuff.

We have been missing our dad, our brother, our friend, and his fun personality for a very long time. He taught us to enjoy the simple things in life, to live in the moment (Carpe Diem!) and to be loyal to family and friends.

Walt is survived by his 4 daughters, Lori, Jodi, Wendi and Juli; his 3 brothers, Dale, Ken and Len; his granddaughters, Lindsay, Chelsay, Lark and Wren; 4 nieces, Jacque, Kelly, Lauren and Mahlia; and 1 nephew, David. He is preceded in death by his father, Carl; his mother, Celia; and his sister, Arlene. We know his BFF, Punk Hayes, is waiting with pool cues in hand and his Ma has buttermilk pancakes with peanut butter and syrup ready. We love you Walter!

A private graveside service for family will be held, but please feel free to sign the online guest book with your comments at

Arrangements were entrusted to Fern Hill Funeral Home, Aberdeen.