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Walter Aronson, Jr.June 27, 1923 ~ April 28, 2017 (age 93)
Walter Aronson, Jr., 93, of Rogers, Ark., died Friday, April 28, 2017 at Circle of Life in Bentonville, Ark. He was born in Tower, Minn., on June 27, 1923 to Walter Aronson Sr. and Dorothy (Osterberg) Aronson. He grew up there either in school or beside his father at the Aronson Boat Works on Lake Vermilion.
He entered World War II. His mechanical ability put him in specified schooling on P-51’s and he became a member of the 458th fighter squadron in the 20th Air Force. He was sent to the South Pacific and spent a year on Iwo Jima. At the end of the war he was discharged with the rank of Staff Sargeant. He returned to Minnesota, Tower, Lake Vermilion and the marina.
In 1949, he and Ruth married, built a house on Pike Bay near the marina, had two children, bought the marina from his father and settled in on Lake Vermilion and Tower.
The opportunity to move to Florida was presented to him in 1960, to operate the Lake Worth Marine on the Intercostal Waterway. Still wanting his own business, six years later, he purchased property in Lantana, called it The Outing Center, selling and servicing boats, motors, including campers plus an accessory store. It was well received in the community and grew nicely.
It was a very special day when the "Honey Fitz" docked at the marina and President Kennedy and Jackie stepped off with her sister and husband, plus of course, numerous others. They had cruised down the Intercoastal Waterway on a beautiful day to go to the Vanderbilt's home not far across the Lantana bridge. It seems the President liked to drive a car but the possibilities were few and far between. The car was there waiting for them and he drove the convertible there.
It was interesting to see all the days of preparation ahead of time to make this possible
During those following years, they bought a home on Hypoluxo Island, he got his pilot’s license, bought property on Echo Point on Lake Vermilion in Minnesota, built a cabin there and bought a Beechcraft Bonanza airplane.
When he retired 26 years ago, they built a home in Rogers, Ark., making it possible for many of those years to spend summers in Minnesota and winters in Arkansas with frequent visit to Florida.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Sue Weibke. Walter is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ruth; daughter, Jane Aronson from Loveland, Colo.; son, Michael Aronson of Lantana, Fla.; grandson, Shawn Aronson of Wilmington, N.C.; brother, John of Tower, Minn., sister, Kaye Aronson of Tower, Minn.; brother-in-law, Robert Reinstrom and wife, Karen of Exton, Pa.; numerous nieces, nephews and one cousin, Robert Wilson and wife, Joan of Tower, Minn.
A memorial visitation will be from 2-3:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 at Stockdale-Moody Funeral Services in Rogers, Ark.
Burial will be in The Lakeview Cemetery in Tower, Minn., with a Celebration of Life at St. James Presbyterian Church where they are members later this summer. Service information will be published at a later date.
Walt was a soft spoken gentlemen with strong virtues. He was loyal and dedicated to his family and friends, always reliable and quietly successful in all of his goals in life with a love of county that makes him a role model for some, if they knew him. We will miss him. He was so special.
Across the years I will walk with you - in deep green forests; on shores of sand: and when our time on earth is through, in heaven, too, you will have my hand. -Robert Sexton