Walter Luke Gottshall, 97, WWII vet, celebrated folk wood carver, traveler, married for 76 years

By on July 11, 2018

Walter Luke Gottshall, 97, of Reinholds, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his wife, close family, and friends on Sunday, July 1, 2018, at Wyomissing Nursing and Rehab Center.

Born on March 9, 1921 in Reinholds, he was the son of the late Luke and Fannie (Klapp) Gottshall. He was the husband of June E. (Fiant) Gottshall, whom he married on April 26, 1941 in Alsace Lutheran Church.

Walter served in the U.S. Army during World War II, where he was a staff sergeant in the Air Army in Luzon. After the war he was shipped to Japan in the Army of Occupation for a year. He was a member of the Reinholds Lions Club and the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen.

He was a well-known PA folk wood carver. Over the years, he participated at the Kutztown Folk Festival, Mercer Museum, Brandywine Museum and various other shows in the area. He and his wife enjoyed traveling, especially to Hawaii and the Catskills.

Walter had three children: a late son, David Gottshall; two daughters: Barbara Strawser and Betsy Brubaker; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Services were held July 6 at Swamp Christian Fellowship Church, Reinholds, with Pastor Craig Frazier officiating. Interment took place in the Swamp Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Walter’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2595 Interstate Drive, Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA, 17110-9378; or Swamp Christian Fellowship Church, 390 Swamp Church Road, Reinholds, PA 17569.

Arrangements by Roseboro Stradling Funeral & Cremation Services, Denver. Online condolences can be given at

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