The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 9, 2014

Walter Dietrich Christian Eggers (W.D. Eggers)

Published 3-9-14


Enid News and Eagle

MORRISON, OK — Walter Dietrich Christian Eggers (W.D. Eggers) of Morrison, Okla., son of Christian and Helena Eggers, was born May 9, 1916, in Fairmont, Okla. He departed this life on Friday, March 7, 2014, at his Morrison home.

He married Berdella Heitfielt on July 10, 1941. She departed this life on Sept. 5, 1967. He married Virginia A Maine, July 22, 1972, at Christ Lutheran Church in Perry, Okla.

Walter was baptized and confirmed in Zion Lutheran Church in Fairmont.

He attended Fairmont Lutheran School from the first grade through the eighth grade. He was a member of the 4-H, National Youth Foundation and exhibited livestock at the American Royal Livestock Show.

Walter was among the first farmers to establish the value of sweet clover in crop rotation. He was also among the first to use fertilizer. He produced certified seed products from his farm and sold them in six states and Canada, Mexico and Europe.

Walter was an employee of the Noble County Soil Conservation District for five years. He signed the first Soil Conservation Agreement. All of his farm land was terraced by May 1953.

Walter was among five farmers to be awarded an Oklahoma Master Agronomist Award at the Annual Agronomy Day at Oklahoma A&M University in May 1953. The college president Dr. Oliver Willham presented a medal and certificate.

In March 1956, Walter started the W.D. Eggers Farm Supply business, selling grain handling equipment in five states from his location at “Bill’s Corner,” the intersection of highways 64 and 177, and he actively ran that business until May 2013. His son, Delles continues to keep the business active. In 1994, W.D. received the Top Dealer Award in District 67 from the Brillion Manufacturing Co. In 2005, W.D. Eggers Farm Supply was named as the second oldest dealership for Mayrath grain handling equipment in the United States.

Walter is survived by his wife, Virginia; one son, Delles Eggers and wife Audrey; grandson, Timothy Eggers and his sons, Milton, Dietrich and Barnabas of Shenandoah, Iowa; and granddaughter, Roxanne Joslin and her husband, Nicholas and their children, Ian, Myrdin, and Gwendolyn of Leavenworth, Kan. He also is survived by one brother, Milton Eggers of Fairmont, and two sisters, Leota Lewis of Houston, Texas, and Marie Parkey of Las Vegas, Nev.

Walter was preceded in death by son Brent; granddaughter, Carrie Eggers; and sister, Norma Wood.

He was the oldest member of the Christ Lutheran Church in Perry, Okla.

Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Lutheran Church in Perry; Zion Lutheran Church in Stillwater; MCDA (Morrison Community Development Association) or the charity of your choice in care of Brown-Dugger Funeral Home, 1010 N. 7th, Perry, OK 73077.

Funeral service is 10 a.m. Saturday, March 15, 2014, at Christ Lutheran Church, Perry, with the Rev. William Metz officiating. Interment will follow in Fairmont Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Brown-Dugger Funeral Home, Perry. Condolences may be made online at www.brown-duggerfuneralhome.com.

(Submitted by family)