It is with great sadness that the family of Walter Hausherr announces his passing on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at the age of 90 years.
Walter was born November 21, 1928 in Rohrdorf, Switzerland. Without a penny in his pocket, he boarded a ship bound for Venezuela in 1948 where he worked different jobs and lived for 14 years. In 1962 he moved to Chicago, Illinois where he found employment as a machinist and often drove Yellow Cabs at night to make ends meet.
He married his wife on December 11, 1965. By 1977 he had worked his way to becoming a robotics engineer and moved his family to Sterling Heights, Michigan where he invented machines for companies such as Chrysler and Joy Cone. Walter’s dream as a young boy was to live in the wild west where the cowboys roam and the steam locomotives roar.
His wish finally came true in 1992 when he retired to Flagstaff, Arizona, where he designed and built the house that he and his wife have lived in for the last 27 years.
Walter will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 53 years, Elke and his children, Renee (Reto) Müller, Corina (Derek) Smith, and Norka (Geoffrey) Gaggero. Walter will also be fondly remembered by his eight grandchildren, Alexander, Marc, Daniella, Noah, Emma, Giacomo, Fiona, and Olivet.
You are welcome to attend a Celebration of Walter’s life at Elke’s home at 4 pm, Sunday, June 16, 2019.