William Walsh

William A Walsh

Friday, March 17th, 1933 - Wednesday, January 13th, 2021
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William A. “Bill” Walsh, 87, of Fort Wayne, passed away peacefully on January 13th at his home. Born in Fort Wayne, Bill graduated from Central High School. He spent his career as a Fort Wayne Police Officer, retiring in 2014, after 55 years of service. Bill was the longest serving police officer in department history.
Bill had a love of nature, his farm animals, and gardening. He spent much of his free time on his farm with his beloved horse Boo, who was his partner on the police department. Bill also authored a book, “Mounted Cops are 10 Feet Tall”.
He is survived by his loving wife, Isabella; daughters, Karen (Kim) Pontius of Traverse City, and Debbie Ladd of Columbia City; 7 loving grandchildren as well as 7 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Walsh; his son, Billy Walsh; and sister, Ruth Bennett.
Due to Covid 19 restrictions, a Celebration for family and friends will take place sometime in the future. Preferred memorials in Bill’s honor may be made to Parkview Hospice.
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James Payne

Posted at 02:46pm
With heartfelt condolences,
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Roy Marcum

Posted at 12:16pm
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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Stephanie Haynes Posted at 08:39pm

Thank you for reaching out and our generous gift in his memory!

Jeff hains

Posted at 08:46pm
Bill was my patrol Sergeant for about 6 years in the NE area for Fort Wayne. I am so glad I had a chance to meet him. I posted 2 pictures of him on this site. The first picture is of Bill climbing through a window. We were sent on a call where an elderly lady had fallen down in her house and could not get up. We were able to get a window open and Bill insisted on being the one to climb through the window. That was March 2011, Bill was 78 at the time, I think he wanted to let us know that he could still do it. The second picture is a picture of Bill sitting in the outpost smiling and talking to the officers. He was a good man and will be missed.

Stephanie Haynes Posted at 07:14pm

Thank you for sharing these stories. He was always so proud of his job and be able to continue to serve the community

Corinne Rose

Posted at 05:45pm
When I was a rookie reporter Bill always treated me with such patience and kindness, and taught me so much about policing and being a mounted officer. He loved talking about all the horses he took care of, and I loved catching up with him to hear about them after he'd retired. He served the community faithfully and well for so long, and the community respected and loved him back. I will miss him

Stephanie Haynes Posted at 07:12pm

Thank you for sharing your memories. He really did love his horses

Michael Cunegin

Posted at 07:46am
To a dear friend and coworker who taught me so much in my younger years on the department. Bill loved people and always treated everyone the same.
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Stephanie Haynes Posted at 02:30pm

Thank you and he would appreciate the tree being planted in his memory.

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