Walter R. Dull, decorated Korean War veteran and 50-year resident of South Windsor, passed away on Nov. 26, 2018. He was 89. Born and raised in New Britain, Walt was the son of the late John and Tessie (Kosmidek) Dul. He served with distinction in Korea from 1951-52. Following his discharge, he wed Constance Wirtes with whom he recently celebrated 65 years of marriage. A devoted husband, father, and friend, he was a strong, kind and gentle soul who embodied character and integrity in all he did.
Walt worked as an auto body mechanic for more than 40 years and remained an automotive enthusiast throughout his life. Outside of work, Walt had diverse interests. He trained and raced homing pigeons. He enjoyed fishing and gardening. He dedicated untold hours to restoring and maintaining his classic 1962 Cadillac. He was a devout Red Sox and UConn basketball fan, and a longtime American Legion member. Most of all, Walt took great pleasure in helping others and spending time with family and friends –- lending a warm smile and ready laugh to any occasion.
He was preceded in death by his son, John; great-grandson, Corey Tran; brother, Edward; and sister, Florence Moran. He is survived by his wife, Connie; sons, Walter and Paul, daughters, Doreen Tran, and Loretta Wagner; sister, Helen Myska; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be private. To honor him, a celebration of his life will be held on the upcoming 90th anniversary of his birth.