Walter Charley Sudul went home to the loving arms of Jesus, July 2, 2017 in Woodburn, Oregon at the age of ninty-one years old. Before he slipped from this world to Glory, he was surrounded by his loving family who prayed with him and sang some of his favorite hymns.
Walter was born to Veronika and John Sudul, both emigrating from Poland to the United States ten years before his birth.
Walter was born March 19, 1926 on York Hill in Northwestern Pennsylvania. Some of his first chores were dragging home chestnut tree branches to cut up for kindling to feed their giant wood stove. Another task was walking three and a half miles to the local gas station to buy kerosene oil for the lamps. Walter went to a one room school house on York Hill. Each day school started with Bible reading, reciting the Lord’s Prayer, and saying the Pledge of Allegiance.
In 1936, Walter moved with his family to the Vero Beach area and started ‘truck farming” with his dad and brothers, raising squash, peppers, eggplant, and watermelon intermittently. In December 1943, Walter was back in Warren, Pennsylvania and joined the Air Corps Reserve. In August of 1944, he was called into active service as a gunner on a new super bomber B-29, The USS Marine Lynx. He served in Guam, later going to Pearl harbor, Hawaii. After returning from Guam, he started to experience signs of rheumatoid arthritis. The military sent him to Fitzsimmon General Hospital in Colorado for testing, then later on to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Portland, Oregon for additional medical examinations. He was honorably discharged in October of 1947.
In 1948 Walter went to Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon where he joined the skiing club hitting the slopes of Mt. Hood on the weekends with his fellow skiers. He also took flying lessons at the Hillsboro airport and received his pilot license at twenty-three. Soon after, he flew with his brother Jesse to Pennsylvania and back, landing in a farmer’s field during the trip when his gas tank was on empty. The farmer generously gave them fuel and they continued on the way back to Hillsboro. In 1949, he transferred to Arizona State College. The Lord started talking to him here through various invitations to revival services at a local church. He attended a sunrise service on Easter out in the country and his heart was touched by the songs and words he heard. He gave his life to the Lord that day. he felt joy and peace welling up in his soul like never before.
In the fall of 1950, Walter transferred again to Seattle Pacific in the state of Washington. During his time here he met Phil Kaady who introduced him to the Apostolic Faith Church in Puyallup, Washington. When he came with Phil to a service he instantly loved all the praying before and after the service. He would drive down to Portland on the weekends to attend the Apostolic Faith Camp Meeting. He moved to Portland and continued going to the Apostolic Faith Church there.
He joined the Sportsmen’s league of the church and was a regular participant of the Early Morning Prayer Meeting Group. He prayed faithfully for the churches work and various outreaches they had to different counties. He was a loyal member and helped wherever he could from raking leaves on the churches camp grounds to encouraging others to stand up for Jesus. He has been a faithful member for sixty-seven years.
In 1951, Walter majored in accounting at the University of Washington. He loved working with numbers. He continued business classes at a business school in Portland. In 1955, while working as an account for a company in Beaverton, he started to use a wheelchair due to his arthritis and has used one ever since. In 1968, he started his own bookkeeping and tax business out of his Tualatin home. As his work allowed, he continue to go to school at Portland State. In 1974, he received a Bachelors of Arts diploma from Portland State University concluding his twenty-six year journey through college.
Since Walter’s parents were from Poland, his heart longed to reach out to family there in Christian love. In 1967, he made his first trip to Poland with John Miles, his friend from church. His parents’ families welcomed them with opens! Since then he has made twenty-six trips to Poland, visiting both his mom’s side and his dad’s family and sharing with them the love of God. Quoting from his book, “From Silver Wings to Golden Streets”, Walter shares, “Poland is not just a country where my parents came from or where various relatives live; it is a heritage God has given me and I will always cherish it.”
Walter always gave the Lord praise for saving him and giving his life a new direction. Despite his arthritis confining him to a wheelchair, he lived an active and full life, doing his tax businesses, driving a car for many years, mowing his own large lawn, swimming at the Tigard swim center, and traveling the world. He loved the Bible truths and reading books about spirit-filled Christians of the past. He was a man of wisdom and gave whenever he could, helping all who asked, especially by praying for them and their needs. Today as a blood washed pilgrim wearing a crown of glory, Walter is rejoicing as he leaps on streets of gold, meeting his Savior at last, face to face, and his brothers and dear friends who have gone on before him.
Walter is survived by one brother, Ben Sudul of Estacada, and two sisters, Stephanie of Woodburn and Helen of Phoenix. His beloved brother: John, Frank, Steve, Joseph, Joe, Jesse, and Jack preceded him in death. He is loved and greatly missed by his nieces, nephews, their children, and many others whose lives were touched around the world by his gently words, loving deeds, and earnest prayers.
Date: Saturday, July 8, 2017
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Date: Sunday, July 9, 2017
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Date: Monday, July 10, 2017
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