Retired Chief Master Sergeant Walter C.
Fitting, Jr., Air Force-Air National Guard, age 70, of Newville, died on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, in the M. S. Hershey
Medical Center. He was born on Sunday, April 12, 1942, in Harrisburg, a son of the late Walter C. Fitting, Sr. and Gladys
graduated in 1960 from Northern High School, Dillsburg. He served for a combined 38 years with the US Air Force and the Air
National Guard and achieved the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, Desert Shield and Desert
Storm. Walter earned numerous awards for his service which included; Air Force Achievement Medal, Commendation Medal, Aerial
Achievement Medal with 1 device, Vietnam Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam
Gallantry Cross with device, Air Force Longevity Service Medal with 7 devices, Humanitarian Service Medal, Combat Readiness
Medal with 8 devices, Kuwait Liberation Medal-Kuwait, Kuwait Liberation Medal-Saudi Arabia and the Air Force Outstanding Unit
Award with Valor and 8 devices. Walter served with the 193rd Special Ops PA Air National Guard and retired in 2004.
After his retirement, Walt continued his service on a part-time basis at the Indiantown Gap Bombing Range for two years. He
was a member of the Newville American Legion and VFW Posts, the Shippensburg American Legion and VFW Posts, the Carlisle AmVets
and the Shippensburg Minnequa Social Club. Walt will be deeply missed by his family, friends and the communities he served.
He is survived by one daughter, April L. (and husband, Dorsey) Crisamore of Wellsville,
his companion of 22 years, Julie A. Charles, two sisters; Frances Vehstedt of Reisterstown, MD and Mary Ann Lerew of Dillsburg,
two grandchildren; Karryn and Alex Crisamore, his companion’s daughters; Catrina Beal of Newville and Jacel Galoway
of Covington, GA and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 11, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. in the Ewing Brothers Funeral Home,
630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle, with Pastor Mike Hammer officiating. A viewing will be on Monday from 4:00 p.m. until time of
services at the funeral home. Burial with military honors by the 193rd Special Ops will be held on Tuesday, February
12, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. Everyone will meet at the cemetery on Tuesday. Contributions
may be made to Homes for Our Troops, c/o CMSGT Walter C. Fitting Project, 6 Main St., Taunton, MA 02780.
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No words can convey the sadness we feel at he loss of Walt.
a wonderful guy with a heart of gold. Our heartfelt condolences to Shasta and the rest of his family.
and Family, my heart continues to ache for all of you!! I still remember the time when your Dad was teaching us how to ski
in the back yard of your home when we were little. The death of your Father one week after the death of my Father is so hard
to bare! Let's hold onto those beautiful memories our Father's left us with. I am always here for you and may you
find the peace you so much deserve!! Love You xoxo
Bonnie S. Huber (Eshleman
April & family.. I am soo very sorry for your loss.. I know how difficult this
is, please know you are in my thoughts & prayers as you go through this difficult time.
Walt, you are going to be missed
it was my pleasure to call you my friend. You are going to be missed by all at the VFW IN Shippensburg.
Rest in peace.
My thoughts and prayers
go to the family and friends of Walt. He was a great mentor, and there is a huge whole in all our hearts with his parting.
Mary L Berns
Sheila and I were very sorry to
hear about your Dad passing. I am sure that you and your family are very proud of his service to the country. A true hero,
someone that our younger generation can look up to. I hope things are going well for you and Dorsey, it has been a long time
since we have talked.
always be remembered by many of us from the 193rd. He was a fine man and great patriot - gone too soon!
We will forever
remember him and his smile.
Hope and Ron Martin
and Mary Ann , I was so sorry to hear of Walt's passing . Please accept my condolences . Iremember the time we went ice
skatting on Todd's pond with a big bonfire going. What fun times'
Susie ( Arnold ) Heck
Walt, and Family,
So very sorry to hear of your passing. You have been
one of our best and I cannot imagine being without you. But life goes on and we must do the same thing too. Hope that all
goes well for the rest of your family and that is well for the rest of your family. God bless you and your family.
April and all,
I am so sorry for your loss. You may not remember me, but I knew your father as a
young neighborhood kid growing up. He always had summer track events for all of the local kids and winter meant skating at
Todd's pond, many times at night. Walt would provide lights and generator for night time hockey games. I last spoke to
Walt about a year ago. He was a wonderful man and a dear friend I will always remember.
Jeff Shultz, 22 N Chestnut,
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