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Walter Norton Gorham

January 31, 1927 October 28, 2019
Walter Norton Gorham
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Walter Norton Gorham, 92, was peacefully called home to the Lord on Monday October 28, 2019 just after 5PM with many loving family members by his side in Roseville, CA.

Walter was born January 31, 1927 in San Jose, CA to Norton Quincy and Clara Ileen Gorham, the first of three boys. He went to San Mateo High School, and on January 18, 1946 he joined the army in Beal California as a private 1st class later receiving the Victory Medal. After his discharge on Aug 17, 1947 in Fort Louis, Washington, he returned to his family in Burlingame and began working at the Palm Market.

In 1953 Walter married Patricia Monroe in Burlingame. Later he worked at a paint factory in South San Francisco. After he and Pat had their first daughter, they moved to Reno to assist in the operations of the Westside Motel. They learned the field of motel management while continuing to grow their family, having five more children. They became owners of a successful four story motel in downtown, Reno, the Bonanza Inn.

Walt was preceded in death by this parents, grandparents and his second wife Paula Russell.

Walter is survived by his six children, Kim Annette, Deborah Clare, Scott Walter, John Franklin (Paige), Michele Kathleen (Duane), and Christine Susan (John), numerous beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as his two brothers, Jack and Gordon Gorham.

Walter was passionate about travel and took much of his family on trips camping in the Sierras and throughout Europe. He also had a serious love of classical music, jazz, and the old movie classics.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Mountain View Mortuary in Reno, NV on Tuesday November 5, 2019 at 10AM followed by a graveside burial with military honors at Mountain View Cemetery and returning to Mountain View Mortuary for a reception with family and friends.

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10:00 AM 11/5/2019 10:00:00 AM
Mountain View Mortuary

425 Stoker Avenue
Reno, NV 89503

A reception will follow the services at Mountain View Mortuary.

Mountain View Mortuary
425 Stoker Avenue Reno 89503 NV
United States

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Mountain View Cemetery Final Resting Place

435 Stoker Avenue
Reno, Nv 89503

435 Stoker Avenue Reno 89503 Nv
United States

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