Walter  Trautschold

Walter Cocke Trautschold

Tuesday, March 1st, 1955 - Friday, September 18th, 2020
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Walter Cocke Trautschold, 65, of Waco, passed away on September 18, 2020. Reverend Dr. Leslie King will officiate a graveside funeral service on Tuesday, September 22 at 1:00 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery, Waco, Texas.

The third child of Carl Alexander Trautschold, Jr., and Sara Don Cocke, Walter grew up in Waco, attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and St. Alban’s Episcopal School, and graduated from University High School. Walter moved to Houston, Texas, after graduation and worked in horticulture and landscape design until a severe motorcycle accident altered his life. Walter’s extensive rehabilitation included relearning how to walk and talk. His recovery was aided by Dr. Stanley Seaton, a childhood friend of Walter’s stepfather, H. Wallace Wright, who founded Tangram Ranch in San Marcos as an experimental rehabilitation facility for persons with brain injuries. Dr. Seaton’s work with Walter transformed the field of psychiatry, demonstrating that the brain can heal through intensive, long-term therapy. After three years at Tangram Ranch, Walter returned to Waco. He then moved to Granbury, Texas, and worked as a quality and safety inspector for the construction of Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant. After the completion of the power plant, Walter returned to Waco where he worked at the family meat processing plant until his retirement. Clients on his delivery route became fast friends and looked forward to their regular visits with Walter.

Walter was admired for his sharp wit, conversational knack, and compassion for others. Like his mother, he loved science, engineering, and reading and, given the opportunity, Walter would tell you in great, great detail about his latest ideas and inventions.

Walter was preceded in death by his father, Carl Alexander Trautschold, Jr., his stepfather and mother, H. Wallace Wright and Sara Don Cocke Wright, his brothers, Carl Alexander Trautschold, III, James Andrew Flora, and Ralph Coffelt Trautschold, and his sister, Sara Don Landsfeld.

Walter is survived by his brother Henry William Wright, II, Henry’s wife Lenore, and their children Henry Wallace Wright, II, and Carl Haze Wright; his brother-in-law Mike Landsfeld; and his niece Sara Abigail Stovall, Abigail’s husband Jerrett Stovall, and their children Max Jones and Gemma Stovall.
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    Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020 |
    Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020
    Oakwood Cemetery
    2124 S. 5th Street
    WACO, TX 76706
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  • Interment

    Oakwood Cemetery
    2124 S. 5th Street
    WACO, TX 76706
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Rex Willhelm

Posted at 01:24pm
My favorite scripture is Revelation 21:3, 4. It reads: “God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” I look forward to seeing my friend Walter again in God’s promised new world.

I am confident that God will miss Walter and will restore him to life. “In the grave you would conceal me…You will call, and I will answer you. You will long for the work of your hand.” - Job 14: 13, 15

This promise says it all. My condolences and prayers go out to Walter’s family and friends who have lost someone they love. Jesus assures us, “for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.” (John 5:28, 29) Walter, you will see that promise fulfilled.

Love, Carl, Misty and the Boys

Posted at 07:13pm
You are in our prayers as you mourn the loss of Walter. He brought so much joy to friends and family alike. The world is a lesser place without him.
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