Cattleman, Jack Halleck Walther died April 10, 2016. He started life as the eleventh child and youngest son of Joseph and Julia Walther, ranchers near Fort Halleck, Nevada on June 12, 1919. He spent all of his almost 97 years living and ranching in the Halleck and Lamoille Valleys at the foot of the Ruby Mountains.
Jack grew up on the family ranch, attended and graduated from Elko High School, and studied Agriculture at Utah State University.
Jack married Irene Behn, who, for 61 years has shared his interest in cattle, horses, and ranching.
He worked for many years as a ranch manager for the Seventy One Ranch and “retired” to his life’s work, pure breeding red Angus cattle, Morgan saddle horses and Suffolk Punch draft horses with Irene on their ranch in the Lamoille Valley.
Jack’s poetry about ranching life is enjoyed by people from around the world. He appeared for many years at the Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
Jack is survived by his wife, Irene, now living in Elko, and two sisters: Beulah Dalley of Idaho Falls, Idaho and June Reilly of Oxnard, California. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and grand and great grand nieces and nephews living throughout the United States and beyond.
For Jack, family was not limited to blood relatives but extended to numerous friends and children of friends for whom he was the same “Uncle Jack” known by his nieces and nephews. He was a neighbor, friend, mentor with a famous sense of humor and warm calm spirit.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday April, 16 at the Elko Nevada East Stake Center of the Church of Latter Day Saints, 1651 College Parkway in Elko.
Viewing will be from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and with the Service beginning at 10:00 a.m.